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Ducks on the pond

Ducks on the pond

Image Credit: Hepburn Photography
Ducks on the pond

Country Park, free entry

Brecon Road,
Penycae,
Swansea Valley,
SA9 1GL

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Craig-y-nos Country Park is a 40-acre Victorian garden with shady woodlands, meadows, ponds, lawns speard along the banks of the River Tawe.

The historic grounds of Craig-y-nos Castle were once home to the internationally famous opera singer Adelina Patti, are spread on the banks of the River Tawe. It is a place where natural and man-made features mingle to great effect. The river meanders through the park, but just as at home here is the designed landscape of tall trees, lush meadows, woodland plantations, fishpond, lakes, lawns and woodland walks.

The park has many gentle, easy-to-follow paths, a visitor centre and tea room with benches and picnic areas. It's a great place to spend an afternoon.

Mature trees are found throughout the Country Park and offer opportunities for gentle walking and picnics are relaxing in the sunshine. Two rivers through flow the Country Park. The smaller Llynfell that emerges from the nearby Dan Y Ogof National Showcaves Centre for Wales and the River Tawe flowing onwards from its source high in the Black Mountains.

The country park includes a wide variety of habitats including two lakes (one brimming with mini beasts) and a meadow which is accessible to visitors. Woodland flora flourish in the Spring and Summer whilst fungi can be found in the Autumn.

STARGAZING
Craig-y-nos Country Park & Castle is one of the National Park's top ten sites for stargazing.

UNESCO GEOPARK DISCOVERY POINT
Fforest Fawr UNESCO Global Geopark have opened a new Geopark Discovery Point at Craig-y-nos Country Park. The Discovery Point was created as a starting point for help visitors plan their exploration of the Geopark, which covers the Western half of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The Discovery Point consists of a tactile bronze relief model, three informative monoliths and three interpretation tables. The bronze model, designed by local artist Rubin Eynon, depicts the mountains and valleys of the Geopark around Craig-y-nos.

The monoliths, also designed by Rubin, raise awareness and understanding of the Geoparks UNESCO designation and introduces visitors to the Geopark’s key stories of ice, industry and people.

The interpretation tables, the first of their kind in the Park, were designed by Ingleby Davies Design, with each telling a different Geopark story. You can journey from the Big Bang to present day at the timeline game table where you will encounter millions of years of adventure, learn about how Cribarth (the hill above Craig-y-nos) was shaped by industry and find out how humans re-made the Geopark’s landscape over the centuries.

HISTORY OF THE PARK
In its heyday, Craig-y-nos had all the features that any fashionable Victorian parkland needed: walled kitchen gardens, glasshouses, rock gardens, a croquet lawn, a rose garden, ornamental and exotic trees including walnut, acacia, mulberry and eucalyptus, as well as oaks and beech.

As you stroll around, imagine that you are following the footsteps of Adelina Patti (pictured right) as she walked around her sumptuous landscaped garden. A wander around the fishpond might lead to a walk to a stand of Scots pine; according to local stories Patti used to walk among these trees to inhale their scent to assist in clearing her voice before a performance.

Craig y Nos Country Park is a Registered Historic Park and Garden managed by the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.

VISITOR FACILITIES
Facilities for the disabled include access to the visitor centre and toilets. A wheelchair is available free of charge. Dogs are welcome but please note that dogs are not permitted in the Hay Meadow area while sheep are grazing (winter months only – see local signs). Fishing permits can be purchased at the centre.

Parking: There is a large car park with a compacted stone surface with disabled car parking spaces which have a tarmac surface. This is a pay and display car park with free parking for disabled parking badge holders only.

Toilets: The main toilet block and disabled access toilet is next to the visitor centre.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeMobility Accessibility FacilitiesDogs accepted

Changing Seasons Tea Room is open in the main building, serving locally produced innovative seasonal menus. Public toilets open 24hrs a day.

Opening Details

Open all the time

9.30am - varies with season

Prices

Free entry

There is a pay and display car park with free parking for disabled parking badge holders only.

Contact

Enquiries

Address

Brecon Road,
Penycae,
Swansea Valley,
SA9 1GL

Location and nearby places

Directions

Plan route to Craig y Nos Country Park using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SN 839155  Lat: 51.82598 Long: -3.67908

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By Car: From South and M4 Motorway, follow the A470 Northwards from junction 32 of the M4 motorway to the A 465 just beyond Merthyr Tydfil. Head West on the A465 continuing to the A4109 junction at Glyn Neath. Follow the A4109 through the traffic lights in GlynNeath and over the hill towards Abercrave. This becomes the A4221, but continues straight ahead until it drops down to the A4067 road.

At the junction with the A4067 turn right and follow the road for four miles to Craig-y-Nos Castle, which is on the right.

By Train: London Paddington Station to Neath or Swansea Direct trains every hour Mon/Sat, journey time 2hrs 40 mins. Sunday service less frequent.

From: Manchester/Birmingham to Neath or Swansea (Change at Cardiff) Regular services Mon/Sat, Sunday less frequent. Journey times.. Manchester 3hrs 45mins, Birmingham 2hrs 50 mins

By Bus: Craig-y-nos Country Park is served by X63, with 6-8 buses a day operating between Swansea and Brecon along the A4067.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 18 miles from Neath station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Changing Seasons Tea Room is open in the main building, serving locally produced innovative seasonal menus. Public toilets open 24hrs a day.

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