Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Brecon, Merthyr Tydfil & Cyfarthfa Castle

We picked what was possibly one of the worst days of our week to drive through the beautiful Brecon Beacons, there was a terrible fog and it was pretty impossible to see anything at all much. After 10 years of being the sole driver for us its very bizarre being the passenger in our car. Hubby has been driving now for nearly 6 months and thanks to his job has already clocked up an impressive 11,000 miles but I'm finding it very difficult being a passenger and admit to be a total pain in the arse. I know I'd want to kick me out of the car with all my commentary and constant foot pressing to the floor-It took me a while to realise I was even doing that-oops! Anywho...

Brecon-was a very beautiful town and I can only imagine how hugely popular it must be during the warmer, summer months. The museum and art gallery was in a beautiful building but sadly was shut for restoration and may not open until 2015! Would have been nice to have a warm up inside but never mind.

The church in Brecon

After a small walk round and buying a welsh memento for our home we headed back to the car for lunch and to warm up!

Then hubby drove us to Merthyr Tydfil. It was once the Iron Capital of the world but unfortunately it was short lived wealth for the inhabitants of Merthyr Tydfil. We had a walk around the Cyfarthfa Castle Museum gardens with Tallulah before putting her in the car for a nap whilst we headed inside.

It was a really lovely building and the staff were really friendly and helpful too-no questions of "No school today?" which is always a MASSIVE bonus. Inside the museum we first we went down into the basement which was pretty damp and cold but full of lots of Merthyr's history including the iron boom.

Cordelia tries out a jail cell.....

I loved this room-it was blue, full of china and circular-what's not to love? Cordelia loved it for an entirely different reason, however, can you spot the large rocking horse at the back?? Had to physically remove her from it!

Round Room

They have a huge collection of artefacts including the first steam whistle, dresses by Laura Ashley and Julien MacDonald (who were both born in Wales) and the first voting ballot box. 
The castle was originally built in 1824 and owned by William Crawshay or "The Ironmaster" as he was known, it originally overlooked the ironworks and has been described as "the most impressive monument of the industrial iron age in South Wales". It was also used as a school before becoming a museum. 

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