A new feature at one of Wales’s most unusual tourist attractions has been unveiled in Taff's Well.
The village of Taff’s Well gets its name from the only thermal spring in Wales, which is located in Taff’s Well Park. A new audio visual feature inside the well building was officially unveiled on Saturday, June 28, during a Family Fun Day at the park.
The thermal spring is located on the banks of the River Taff and the area surrounding it is now the local park. During the 1700s when ‘taking the waters’ became fashionable, the well started to attract attention as visitors came to find cures for ailments.
The well eventually fell out of use but was given a new lease of life when it was reopened in the 1930s.
The pool and well remained popular with local people for many years before slowly falling into disrepair as first the swimming pool and eventually the well itself were closed, ending a 200 year old tradition of bathing.
However, there has been significant investment over the last few years in the park and the well particularly - and a great deal of interest from the local community.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, along with partners including British Geological Survey and Capital Region Tourism, have supported a number of developments at the well over the past few years, including establishing the Lower Taff Destination Partnership.
This is a group consisting of individuals with an interest in bringing more visitors to the area. This partnership enabled match-funding to be secured for the development of a promotional leaflet, interpretation in the park and the audio-visual project.
Cllr Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Sport, said: “The thermal spring is a unique visitor attraction within Wales. The new audio visual feature will give visitors the opportunity to discover more about the spring’s history.
“I hope many more people will stop off at the park in the future and take time to view this fascinating natural wonder.”
As well as developments at the well itself, there has been significant investment over the past year in Taff’s Well Park, including refurbishment of the tennis courts, and the park has also attained Green Flag status.
The Family Fun Day was organised by the Friends group and included a dog show, tennis tournament, rugby, a football penalty shoot-out, a climbing wall, crafts for younger children and more.
View images from the Family Fun Day
The well can be visited throughout the Summer season from Easter to August Bank Holiday from 10am- 4pm.
For more information on places of interest to visit in Rhondda Cynon Taf, please go to our Tourism pages