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Port Talbot

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Port Talbot

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View over the town

Port Talbot is an industrial town in South Wales. It is located in the traditional county of Glamorgan and has a population of around 35,000.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Port Talbot is located close to the M4 Motorway

By train[edit]

All trains on the London (Paddington) main line to Swansea make a stop in Port Talbot.

Get around[edit]

The town has a reliable bus service.

See[edit][add listing]

In the past Port Talbot was not a tourist destination but that is changing rapidly as it now has one of the most popular visitor attractions in Wales - the world renowned Afan Forest Park which is one of the top centres for mountain biking in the world. Port Talbot town itself is a major industrial centre, and the few historic buildings of interest were obliterated in the 60s and 70s to make way for the motorway and other road networks. However, the sea front offers a long beautiful sandy beach (Aberavon) offering views over Swansea Bay. It has been awarded the coveted Blue Flag for cleanliness and water quality. Just outside the town is the beautiful Margam country park, the former home of the Talbot Family - the family who introduced the steel making industry to the town and built the harbour to allow import of iron ore. It is now a popular tourist attraction with weddings and functions held at the Orangery. Behind the town is the picturesque pine-clad Afan valley which is home to the second most most popular visitor attraction in Wales - the Afan Forest Mountain Bike centre which attracted 650,000 visitors in 2009.

  • The steel works. For people attracted to industrial scenery, the hills behind the town offer spectacular views of the huge steel works, which is even more impressive set against the background of the sea. The view is even more dramatic during overcast days. The Harbour Way (A4241) Road runs alongside the steelworks and offers a closeup view to the massive steel mill.
  • Swansea bay. The town is located along the stunning sweep of Swansea Bay and offers views as far as Mumbles Head and the Gower Peninisular. Swansea is quite spectacular on clear day and when lit up at night.
  • Margam Park. A 850 acre country park located just north of the town. The park boasts an orangery and castle. For younger children, there are large outdoor soft play areas, a deer park, miniature railway and farm animals.
  • Afan Forest Park is renowned for its world class mountain bike tracks.
  • Glyncorrwg Ponds. Beautiful fishing centre and popular with walkers.

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  • Wind surfing.
  • Mountain biking. The trails in Afan Forest Park (4 miles to the north) are some of the best in the world
  • Walk. The promenade is an excellent place to walk and enjoy the sea breeze.
  • Go Ape, Margam Country Park High-wire forest adventure [5] an outdoor obstacle course set on the trees of Margam Country Park

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Replica miner's lamp. Made of solid brass, these souvenirs are available at the gift shop at Afan Argoed Country Park.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Ron Evans Pies (British bakery), 17 Commercial Road, Taibach, Port Talbot. SA13 1LN, +44 1639 883889, [1]. A long established family bakery who make delicious pies. The bakery shop is open daily Mon - Sat.  edit

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Abergwynfi Cottage, 41 High Street, Abergwynfi, Port Talbot (Exit M4 at Junction 40 and follow A4107 until you reach Abergwynfi. Last cottage on the right), 01639 851015, [2]. Self catering holiday cottage sleeps 6. Mountain bikers welcome  edit
  • T Bones Inn & Restaurant, Hawdref Ganol Farm, Pontrhydyfen, Port Talbot, 01639 644444, [3]. Top quality steak restaurant and bed and breakfast accommodation. Quiet location.  edit
  • La Memo Brasserie, 20 Forge Road, Port Talbot, 01639 887390, [4]. The atmosphere at La Memo is relaxed, warm and comfortable, and the front of house team offers a warm welcome and professional service, your visit to La Memo will be an experience of fine cuisine and attentive service for you to relax and enjoy. La Memo has been transformed into one of the most talked about restaurants in South Wales gaining accolades in the local press, and online review sites.  edit


Get out[edit]

Port Talbot is part of the Swansea Bay region. See the Swansea Bay article for highlights of the surrounding area.

  • Swansea and the Gower Peninsular. The City of Swansea is 17km from Port Talbot, and offers major cultural and leisure facilities.
  • Brecon and the Brecon Beacons. The country town of Brecon and the spectacular Brecon Beacons mountain range is a less than an hour's drive from Port Talbot.

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