Aberdulais Tin Works & Waterfall

Aberdulais Tin Works & Waterfall

Aberdulais Tin Works & Waterfall
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A trip to the most scenic waterfall in Wales includes a tour of the turbine house and the fish pass; the falls are best known for their electricity-producing waterwheel, the largest of its kind in Britain.
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Joanne N
405 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
I visited here with my sister and 2 nephews. The attraction was a little off the beaten track but was well worth a visit. The boys were intrigued with the science behind the waterwheel (biggest in Britain) and thoroughly enjoyed visiting the turbine house. They also enjoyed the waterfalls and watching the fish. The tin works was very relaxing and picturesque. There were plenty of places to enjoy a picnic, a cafe and a gift shop.
Written January 7, 2022
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Kathryn B
Wales, UK242 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Came here with our new National Trust membership which allowed us free entry. The site is hidden from the normal tourist track yet provides an enjoyable experience. The site features the breath-taking Aberdulais falls and ominous ruins of the tinplate works. There are plenty of information signs on the site which allow you to explore the story of the stones that surround you. At the waterfall, you can feel the spray and hear the roar of the raging torrent. This is a great place to take pictures. The main draw for the site however is the giant waterwheel. Although not in operation during the visit, it was still a sight to see. The ruins of the tinplate works do leave much to the imagination, but I could still picture working life here and they are fun to explore. The entrance might not look appealing, especially with the crumbling Dulais Rock next to it, but overall, a hidden gem worth seeking out if in the area.
Written January 20, 2020
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applegate69
Bath, UK946 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Couples
This is a small site and not a great deal to see, the roar of the waterfalls is great and the site of them is spectacular, however the rest of the exhibits are a little boring and there seems to be a lot more to do, it does not look well cared for
Written March 5, 2013
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thetravellingfosters
27 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Couples
What an absolutely disgusting prospect that the National Trust have taken it upon themselves to monopolise on nature, and have the cheek to charge £4.50 per-person in order to visit this natural attraction.

My partner and I turned up to this site to have a wonder-around, not expecting to be confronted by a National Trust building (with their usual tatt in the shop). We thought we'd be able to view this natural site without having to pay, you know, like we as free-human beings have the privilege of doing elsewhere. Oh no, National Trust obviously had the dollar-symbols rolling in their eyes when they saw the opportunity to charge people an entrance fee. An entrance fee for what exactly?

Never have been and never intend to be a National Trust member; I find their business practices disgusting. Basically, monopolising on nature. Soon, all of your parks and open spaces will have entrance fee's at this rate...

In the end, we didn't pay and simply drove elsewhere.
Written October 30, 2012
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robster1980
cardiff16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Friends
We visited with friends on Sunday the 14th of April. We expected to go and see some waterfalls but instead arrived at a nation trust shop who had the cheek to charge £4.80 each to see a few boring and half thought out exhibits and the waterfall. We couldn't believe that this at best 2 hour attraction was so expensive. Waste of time and money!!
Written April 15, 2013
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margaretkay990
Pontypridd, UK23 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
went there Sunday with 4 adults and 2 children. There were no signs stating the price. I told the cashier what I wanted and was charged for gift donation too. The cashier didn't tell me of the difference in price.I would not recommend this place to anyone as you can go to places like St Ffagans free .
Written July 15, 2013
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Ali
Gloucester, UK81 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Couples
The other "attractions" here are poor and designed to buff it up into more than just looking at a waterfall, which it basically is
Written January 8, 2013
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danielbaxter2007
9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013
We ended up here looking for the other waterfalls and thought we would go in for a walk. Well we were here for all of 5 mins and it cost £12! There are many other places a lot nicer for free.
Written July 20, 2013
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David C
Birmingham, UK1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
Was really looking forward to this but what a total let down from reading most of the reviews thought it was going to be a lovely day ... Well sorry it wasn't.... payed £4.50pp in for a walk that took all of 20 mins max the waterfall itself wasnt that good you can only stand at fence and watch falls you cant walk round them as for wild life unless you got xray eyes to see right up river you be lucky to see anything i have been to a lot of waterfalls and i must say this was the worst nothing to do there water wheel not in use which from pictures i had seen thought it was the whole thing was boring I love walks and nature but would not recommened this and i think children would get bored very quickly the other let down for me was the shop very expensive and nothing with Aberdulais Falls on all gifts were to do with the national trust ( Books & Jam ) it would of been nice just a car sticker with Aberdulais Falls just to say we had been there my over all rating is not worth the money and find something else to do with your time .
Written August 1, 2012
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Xraydiant
Sale, UK364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Couples
The point the previous reviewer (thetravellingfosters) seems to have missed is that this National Trust property is an industrial archeology site. Someone, presumably the Trust, has clearly put alot of time and effort into unearthing and revealing the tin working village which was located here. The water wheel which helped power the tin works has been restored and now provides the site with electricity. The original waterfall was natural and remains spectacular, but has been altered with a weir and outflows for industrial purposes and the original gorge was apparently blasted and mined for the rock! The cafe is set in the original school house, the only building from the original village which remains intact. The staff are friendly and the food is good - try the excellent Bara Brith. You don't have to be a member or pay an entrance fee to use the cafe. Car parking is free.
Written November 20, 2012
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