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Visit the historic Workman’s Hall in the mining town where ‘Calon Lan’ was written. What’s more, you could take on Blaengarw’s thrilling mountain bike trails, or walk one of its many scenic paths.

For great views of the town, climb through historic Newcastle Hill to the castle. In the 1180s, Henry II refortified this Norman stronghold, and you’ll find the well-preserved, late medieval St John’s House a little further down the hill.

Step back in time at Coity Castle. Built around 1100AD, it was repaired in the late medieval era after Owain Glyndwr attacked it in 1404.

Rich in medieval and Roman history, the area is also home to Kenfig National Nature Reserve. It is one of Wales’s finest wildlife habitats, and by Kenfig Pool, you’ll find the historic Prince of Wales Inn.

This is a small village with a big history. It was the birthplace of the 18th century philosopher Richard Price, whose writings are incorporated in the United States of America’s Constitution. Look out on its rolling hillsides from the typical countryside pub.

Discover Yr Hen Dŷ (The Old House), which is South Wales’s oldest inn. Welsh history runs through this pretty hilltop village like the legend of ‘The Maid of Cefn Ydfa’ whose ill-fated characters are buried at Llangynwyd churchyard.

Amidst the mountains at the Llynfi Valley’s head, Maesteg developed in the Industrial Revolution. Built in 1881, the historic town hall is now an exciting arts centre, and even the town’s sports centre is in a Victorian ironworks building.

This village is one half chocolate box thatched cottages, and one half mighty sand dunes with fascinating wildlife. Candleston Castle, a 15th century fortified mansion house, sits at the edge of Merthyr Mawr Warren’s vast dunes.

This village was once a thriving port. During the 17th century, it was the only harbour between Aberthaw and Briton Ferry. Visit its imposing limestone church, and St John’s ‘magical’ well.

This lovely seaside town is best known for traditional seafront fun on family-friendly beaches. However it has a fascinating history. Porthcawl’s Museum is located in the town’s Old Police Station and collections span social, maritime, and military themes. See its exhibitions about World War One, the Porthcawl Story and the Samtampa Disaster.

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