The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Merthyr Tydfil
Here is everything you need to know about Merthyr Tydfil, use the list below to jump between the relevant sections!
Merthyr Tydfil Insights
Merthyr Tydfil History
Merthyr Tydfil Arts and Culture
Merthyr Tydfil’s population
House price’s in Merthyr Tydfil
Is Merthyr Tydfil a nice place to live?
Is Merthyr Tydfil safe?
Travelling in Merthyr Tydfil
What are the schools like in Merthyr Tydfil?
Eating and drinking in Merthyr Tydfil
Shopping in Merthyr Tydfil
Places to Stay in Merthyr Tydfil
Top 10 things to do in Merthyr Tydfil
Locksmiths in Merthyr Tydfil
Merthyr Tydfil is a town that lies on the south border of the beautiful Brecon Beacons in Wales. The town is well-known for its picturesque surroundings but it is also steeped in historical heritage as it once was the iron capital of the world! Merthyr Tydfil is located just over 30 minutes from the Welsh capital of Cardiff along the A470 and located just over 3 hours to London along the M4 which makes it a great place to be if you enjoy the countryside with the accessibility to the Welsh capital.
Merthyr Tydfil started its journey to what it is today way back in 7,000BC where Neolithic activity was found, more activity of arrowheads and pottery were found in the area that dates back to the Stone and Bronze Age. In 480AD Merthyr Tydfil got its name from Tudful, a daughter of the King of Breconshire as she was martyred during a pagan raid. In 1759 the important first steps of ironworks are established marking the industrial revolution era of which Merthyr Tydfil which was once the hub of iron and steel production. In 1801 the first national census took place and showed that Merthyr Tydfil had a population of 7,705 which marked it the largest settlement in Wales, larger than Cardiff, Swansea and Newport at the time! From here, Merthyr Tydfil continues to create groundbreaking history including steam locomotives, the first female mayor and the Brecon Beacons National Park is created. As you can see, Merthyr Tydfil has marked itself as a poignant town in history and therefore the town you see today embraces its historical remnants.
Located in the old town hall, a Grad II listed building is Redhouse, an arts and creative industry centre located in the centre of the town which opened in 2014 after an extensive £8 million project. Inside you’ll find the glass-roofed Plymouth Courtyard, the Dowlais Theatre, Y Galeri Faenor art exhibition space, dance, music and recording studios as well as café. If you’re a creative, Redhouse sure is the place to be.
Another place to visit if you’re a Welsh speaker is Canolfan and Theatr Soar which opened to promote the Welsh language enticing the locals and other Welsh speakers to participate in Welsh-speaking activities. Canofan and Theatr Soar are open for drama, dance, music, poetry, workshops, comedy and more! There is also a café here so you can enjoy spending time here for the whole day.
That’s not all, as you know by now that Merthyr Tydfil is steeped in history there are also a number of museums including No. 4 Chapel Row which has been beautifully restored into a traditional home of a 19th Century ironworker for visitors to experience. Ynysfach Engine House is another that has been restored from the industrial era and reopened as a heritage centre.
Today, Merthyr Tydfil has a much more modest population compared to the Welsh capital Cardiff of which 60,183 people reside compared to over 335,000 in Cardiff. It will be interesting to see how this figure changes as we receive the results of the 2021 census in comparison to the very first census that recorded 7,705 people in Merthyr Tydfil in 1801.
The average price homeowners paid for their property in Merthyr Tydfil was £132,008. This data has been collected from the last 12 months and 208 property sales. Zoopla currently estimates the average value of a home in Merthyr Tydfil to be worth £119,571 which is a fall in the last three months of 0.27%. However, over the last 12 months as a whole the Merthyr Tydfil property market saw an increase in value change of 0.72%. (April 2021)
Detached House Prices in Merthyr Tydfil
There were 46 sales of detached properties in Merthyr Tydfil over the last 12 months with homebuyers on average paying £229,823. Zoopla now estimate this value to be worth more at £244,486 which is a positive value change of 2.98%.
Semi-Detached House Prices in Merthyr Tydfil
There were also 46 sales of semi-detached properties in Merthyr Tydfil with the average price paid standing at £141,641 this is less than Zoopla’s current average value of £180,390. However, over the last 12 months as a whole Zoopla recorded that semi-detached properties in Merthyr Tydfil to have decreased in value by -5.44%.
Terraced House Prices in Merthyr Tydfil
There were lots more sales of terraced properties in Merthyr Tydfil over the last 12 months with buyers forking out just £89,482 on average. Zoopla now estimate the current average value of a terraced property in Merthyr Tydfil to be worth £111,887 and have recorded a decrease in value change of -2.57%.
Flat Prices in Merthyr Tydfil
There was just one sale of a flat in Merthyr Tydfil over the last 12 months with the buyer paying £79,995. Zoopla estimate the current average value to be worth more than 10k less than that however at £69,208 which has shown a positive value change of 3.75%.
Renting in Merthyr Tydfil
The average property rents for £599pcm in Merthyr Tydfil. Home.co.uk reports that on average you can expect to pay £425pcm for a room, £533pcm for a flat and £637pcm for a house in Merthyr Tydfil.
Despite all Merthyr Tydfil’s pulls with the location, history and countryside the town has a reputation for being one of the least desirable towns to live in, in Wales. This is largely due to the census statistics that were reported in 2011 with the town’s population rating their overall health to be under the national average, income to be lower with high unemployment rates which correlates to a higher percentage of people without any qualifications living in the town.
However, the last census statistics were published a whole decade ago and a whole new generation has emerged since then. The town still holds onto its sense of community who reveal in their scenic rolling countryside and rich heritage. It is true that you will not find as much to do here as you would in the Welsh capital but that is a strong pull for many who love the peace and quiet but with Cardiff just being a quick 30 minutes or so down the road you sure will get the best of both worlds. We say you should never judge a book by its cover and visit the town for yourself before you make the leap of moving here to really gain a sense of whether it is the right town for you.
Merthyr Tydfil is a very safe place to live with just 55 crimes reported in January 2021. The most number of these crimes reported were for anti-social behavior at 22 reports. Since February the most amount of crimes occurred in the month of August at 71 crimes reported. Criminal damage and arson made up 6 crime reports in January 2021 so if you need to update your home security give us a call on 01685 707104.
Travelling to and from Merthyr Tydfil is easy due to the A roads that surround the town. The A470 will take you north and south of the town and the A465 will take you east and west across Wales and across the border into England.
Train station in Merthyr Tydfil
The Merthyr Tydfil train station is located in the central south part of the town in Twynrodyn which takes you to Cardiff Central in an hour with multiple stops along the way such as Abercynon and Llandaf and all the way over to Barry Island.
Buses in Merthyr Tydfil
The main bus operator in Merthyr Tydfil is Stagecoach which will take you around the town and outside to places such as Abergavenny, Newtown and Cardiff.
Airports in Merthyr Tydfil
The closest airport to Merthyr Tydfil is Cardiff Airport which as you know is just over 30 minutes away by car or an hour via train.
There are plenty of choices of schools in Merthyr Tydfil with 19 primary schools, with a further 5 aided primary schools and day specials. There are 3 secondary schools in the town with a further 1 aided secondary school. There is also Merthyr Tydfil College which offers full time and part time courses as well as apprenticeships and higher education courses. Take a look at their website here: https://www.merthyr.ac.uk/
The top three restaurants in Merthyr Tydfil according to Tripadvisor April 2021 are:
- JOL’s: if you’re looking for a place to wine and dine with elegance visit JOL’s who serve up exquisite European dishes displayed like pieces of fine art.
- Aberglais Inn: second on the list is Aberglais Inn who serves up pub classics in a 19th Century stone-built hostelry.
- Mango House: last but not least is Mango House, an Indian restaurant serving all the classics.
There are lots of different places to go shopping in Merthyr Tydfil including the town centre which includes high street favourites, a quirky indoor market and a traditional street market that runs on Tuesdays and Saturdays. As well as the weekly market there is also a farmers market that is held on the first Friday of every month that sell fresh, local produce which help boost the local economy.
Further out is Trago Merthyr Tydfil a huge retail park that sells interior items, DIY stores, garden centres, clothing, beauty and more! Similarly there is Cyfarthfa Shopping Park that has a wider range of fashion, electronics and cafes. And not forgetting St Tyfdil’s Shopping Centre that is home to 50 shops!
Here are a few places to stay in Merthyr Tydfil:
- Lakeside Lodge: a self catering, two bedroom lodge set between the two reservoirs of Pentwyn and Pontsticill. It has a 4 star rating and would suit couples and families.
- Grawen Caravan & Camping Park: A perfect camping ground for all who enjoy mountain, forest and reservoir walks!
- Nant Ddu Lodge & Hotel Spa: This 3* luxury hotel is great option for those who wish to put their feet up and relax. There is a bistro and bar and pool with treatments available.
- Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery
- Brecon Mountain Railway
- Taff Trail
- Morlais Castle
- Llwyn-on Reservoir
- Garwnant Visitor Centre
- Joseph Parry’s Cottage
- Rock UL Summit Centre
- Vertigo Trampoline Park
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