Clydach Heritage Centre
Clydach Heritage Centre
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Saturday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Clydach Heritage Centre is on the canal towpath in Coedgwilym Park. National Cycle Route 43 runs beside the Centre, along the canal tow-path. Visitors can view: A timeline of Clydach from 1794 (the year construction started on the Swansea Canal) to the present day. The brick chimney constructed with bricks from works across Wales. A dram full of local anthracite coal with coal miners' picks. Canal mileposts showing the distance travelled along the canal in 1/4 mile intervals. Local interest - books, leaflets, walking routes, DVDs and CDs including oral archives of local residents. Portrait bench: as part of the development of Sustrans' National Cycle Route 43, a bench has been erected between the canal and the Centre with three sheet steel portraits of local people. Entrance is free, refreshments including ice cream and Welsh cakes are available to buy.
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Kathryn B
Wales, UK252 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
There is a great deal of information about the local area here. The site itself has historic value as it is situated beside the Swansea Canal, a place full of industrial heritage. Inside the building there are various artefacts from important local sites and lots of information about places such as the Mond Nickel Works and Clydach Hospital. Volunteer here was particularly helpful in interpreting what could be seen and read. Throughout the year it is possible to kayak on the Canal and the walk along it is pleasant. Very much a place worth seeing if you want to learn more about Clydach's past
Written March 21, 2023
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Douglas
Swansea, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
What a lovely canal with kayak hire on sunday. Hire a kayak and take a long peacful picturesqe trip along the canal. Staff very friendly and willing to help if no experience. Lots of people walking the tow path and waving at you
Written July 25, 2021
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Peter A
Oldbury, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
This delightful heritage centre is nestled in a quiet corner of a lovely park in Pontardawe and sits alongside the Swansea Canal. We visited following a conversation with Jean and were made very welcome. Lots of interesting information and very enthusiastic volunteers made our visit a day to remember.
Written October 23, 2017
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Frank
London, UK263 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
The centre can be found within the park alongside the canal. We stopped there after a lovely walk along the cycle path, seeing canoeists, herons, and families of squirrels, beautiful.
Inside is a wealth of fascinating info and photos on the history and heritage of the area and the importance of the canal over the years. Run by such lovely volunteers, we enjoyed a coffee with delicious home made welsh cakes whilst sitting in the sunshine.
Looking forward to a return visit very soon.
Written May 21, 2017
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Thank you for your kind words, we aim to please. Look forward to welcoming you back.
Written May 22, 2017
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KathyHJ
Swansea, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Lovely place, lovely little museum very informative for adults & children to learn about all things "clydach" go for a walk up or down the canal, take a canoe out on the water (not as easy as it looks) great fun. Defo worth a visit come rain or shine.
Written July 25, 2018
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SwanseaPaulT
Swansea, UK36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Solo
Came upon the Heritage Centre in last few months whilst cycling Route 43. I wanted a coffee as I was cold and wet, and there were Welsh Cakes there too to restore morale. There are good information sheets on show inside the Centre, highlighting Clydach's industrial history and I found this excellent. The people running the centre are very proud and enthusiastic about their little museum. For such a tiny place, it sure provides a great facility with free flowing hot drinks and history. I honestly could not fault it.
Written February 24, 2016
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Brummiejean
Swansea, UK175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
When I moved to Wales, in 2009, I was introduced to the Centre by a family member, and soon became a volunteer. The Centre was re-opened four years ago, after a total refurbishment, with a Lottery grant, by like-minded people who wished to share the history of the area with local people and visitors from all areas. A small Committee oversee the running of the Centre, which opens every weekend throughout the year.
There is a fascinating time line of the area, which starts in the 1700's, right through until 2011, plus some incredible black and white display boards of the area. Three years ago, the Committee took on a huge project, after being given a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This was to interview local residents, and record their memories from WW2 and the 1950's, along with any photos and memorabilia they were willing to loan. After many hours of work, and with the support of Swansea University, a DVD was produced, and a launch day set, with over 100 people attending.
To listen to people reminiscing and sharing their memories is a joy, and a real asset to the area. The Centre is able to sell a small range of refreshments, young and old are always welcome, plus their four-legged friends!
Written October 14, 2015
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Hoodynemma1!
Swansea, UK87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Family
Absolutely amazing sunday, first viait but sadly was end of season but sure we'll be very much 1st in line for the easter opening. Lovely volantiers to gide and check on you and a fantastic centre for a cupper cake and trip down memory lane of the local area. Our 13 son was realy interested and came away with plenty to think about. A hiden Gem
Written October 2, 2018
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So glad you enjoyed your visit, we are trying to build up our local area memories, hopefully we will have some more when you come back next spring
Written October 3, 2018
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Carlie A
Swansea, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
I visited the centre to talk to the volunteers about mining in Clydach and its history as I felt it may help me with my Master's thesis. The volunteers were lovely and gave me a wealth of information and really went out of their way to help and talk to me. The display boards inside are fantastic, accessible and translated. They also have a brilliant DVD that you can sit down and watch with clips of Clydach. Despite its small size, it is a capsule of valuable heritage, and I highly recommend anyone young or old, to visit!
Written March 4, 2018
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Carlie, thank you very much for this positive review. Hope the contact details we provided will be useful in your Masters thesis.
Written March 6, 2018
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