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Cyfarthfa Castle re-opens

Cyfarthfa CastleAs you probably know, we've got loads of castles in Wales.  One of which is Cyfarthfa Castle, which as it happens isn't a castle at all.

It was the grand home of the 19th century ironmaster William Crawsay. He owned the huge Merthyr Tydfil ironworks and it's no coincidence that Cyfarthfa Castle is built on the hillside overlooking the town so that he could keep on eye on his empire below him. His grand residence was in stark contrast to the squalid conditions in which his workers and their families lived.

Today the museum is an excellent art gallery and museum which has just completed a major refurbishment.  The museum continues to tell the town's history as a centre point of the industrial revolution but is also home to a number of new exhibits and exhibitions.  The 'Made in Merthyr' exhibition, includes dresses designed by Julien Macdonald and Laura Ashley, the 'Mosquito' device and the first steam whistle in the world; as well as the 'Gentleman's Collections' exhibition featuring fascinating items collected from around the world by the people of Merthyr Tydfil.

The grounds of the castle are also well worth a taking a relaxing stroll through and have in the past staged major open air concerts from Status Quo and Merthyr's very own Donny Osmond (well it's actually his great, great grandfather that's from Merthyr, but that didn't stop him playing here).

The Museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm and entry into the Museum is Free. 

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