Rhondda Heritage Park has been celebrated for the second consecutive year after earning consistently high ratings on a leading internet travel site.
“TripAdvisor”, the world’s most well-known travel site has awarded the major visitors’ attraction a 2014 Certificate of Excellence. Last year they were presented with the same prestigious title.
The accolade is due to the fact that many visitors have ranked the experience of visiting the Rhondda Cynon Taf Council tourism site as being “very good” or “excellent”.
The Park is recognised throughout the country as a location that provides a fun and interesting day out for individuals, families, groups, school children and students.
This award is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.
To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
Cllr Paul Cannon, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Deputy Leader & Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, Tourism & Heritage said: “Securing Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor, which is built on the genuine views and experiences of tourists from across the world, is testament to the hard work and commitment of those working to secure the County Borough’s place as a visitor destination.
“Rhondda Heritage Park is one of the jewels in our crown and we also boast a fantastic history and heritage, world-famous arts and culture, wonderful open spaces and great places to eat, drink and relax.”
In 1983, after over a century of production, coaling ceased at the Lewis Merthyr Colliery and the site closed. By 1990 not one productive colliery existed in the Rhondda Valley but the site in Trehafod was saved from demolition and preserved as a historic landmark and a tribute to the proud mining communities of the Rhondda.
The Park boasts the unforgettable Black Gold Tour, a fully guided tour with ex-miner guides , a tour of the pit head buildings and a trip 'underground' to experience the life of a coal miner.
The Visitor Centre is home to the Art Gallery that celebrates diverse creative work all year round; the Level One Café and Gallery with its home-made cakes and pastries and a Welsh-themed gift shop and 19th century period re-constructed valley street. Admission to the visitor centre at the Heritage Park is free
Throughout the year, children can burn off bottled-up energy at the Energy Zone, a bright outdoor play area for children up to the age of 13 has swings, a slide, zip wire, sand pit and toddlers play area.
Entry is £2 for children aged two and over and is free for children aged under two accompanied by an adult. The Energy Zone is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10.30am-4.30pm.
The park can also offer conference, meetings, seminars and social facilities for both daytime and evening hire that are all housed within the restored colliery buildings.
Community groups in the Rhondda are also being encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities on offer to them.
Over the years the Park has been recognised for its hugely successful family-fun days including the annual Lewis Merthyr Day to commemorate the massive impact coal mining has had on the locality and its contribution to the world at large.
The Park has also become the home of the festive Santa’s Toy Mine experience which attracts thousands of children from throughout South Wales.
The Heritage Park will also be hosting a number of Blue Plaque talks this summer and Open Doors events in September.
Contact Rhondda Heritage Park on 01443 682036 or email email@example.com
To find out more about places to visit across Rhondda Cynon Taf throughout the year, go to www.visitrct.co.uk
For more information on events in Rhondda Cynon Taf, go to www.rctcbc.gov.uk/whatson