Discover the Beauty and Adventure of Pontypool

Nestled in the rolling hills of Wales, the charming town of Pontypool offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and outdoor adventure. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful escape or an action-packed getaway, Pontypool has something for everyone whether you’re a tourist, local, contractor or business traveller.

Take a look at our guide below which details all that this beautiful Welsh town has to offer:

  1. Pontypool Park

This stunning 80-acre public park is a must-visit destination in Pontypool. With well-maintained walking paths, lush gardens, a picturesque lake, and a variety of other amenities, Pontypool Park is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside. The park is a popular spot for picnicking, birdwatching, dog walking and simply soaking up the sun.

In addition to its natural beauty, Pontypool Park also boasts a ski centre and a leisure centre. The ski centre has a ski slope that is open to the general public throughout the winter season (1st October to 1st April), offering ski and snowboard lessons, as well as equipment rental. Whether you’re an experienced skier or snowboarder, or just starting out, the ski centre provides a fun and challenging experience for all levels.

The leisure centre, located in the heart of Pontypool Park, provides a variety of activities and amenities for visitors of all ages. With a spacious swimming pool, well-equipped gym and sports hall, the leisure centre is a great place to stay active and fit. Whether you’re looking to swim laps, take a yoga class or just play a friendly game of squash, the leisure centre has something for everyone.

From within the park you can also take a scenic walk to the Shell Grotto and the Folly Tower, both of which are popular historical landmarks and are surrounded by breath-taking views of the neighbouring towns and valleys.

Are you a rugby fan? Pontypool Park has got you covered with their newly renovated Pontypool RFC stadium. Grab yourself a bite to eat and a nice drink and enjoy watching the Poolers in action!

If you are a runner the park also hosts Parkrun every Saturday morning. You can enjoy gorgeous views throughout the park whilst running the 5k route. Afterwards, why not treat yourself and enjoy some coffee & cake in the leisure centre’s café?

In addition to all of this, Pontypool Park boasts newly surfaced tennis courts, a bowling green and a playground for children.

This wonderful park has it all!

  1. Torfaen Museum

Situated just outside of Pontypool Park is this local museum. It showcases the rich cultural heritage and history of the Torfaen area, including the surrounding towns of Pontypool, Blaenavon, and Cwmbran. The museum features a range of exhibits, displays, and interactive activities that bring the area’s rich history to life.

Some of the exhibits at the museum include a collection of local artifacts and historic objects, as well as interactive displays that highlight the region’s industrial heritage. Visitors can learn about the history of the local iron and coal industries, as well as the area’s cultural heritage, including its traditions, customs, and folklore.

In addition to its permanent exhibitions, Torfaen Museum also hosts a range of temporary exhibitions, events, and workshops throughout the year. These events provide an opportunity for visitors to engage with the museum’s collections in new and exciting ways, and to learn more about the rich cultural heritage of the Torfaen area.

Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor to Pontypool, Torfaen Museum is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the history and culture of this unique Welsh town. So why not pay a visit today and discover the rich heritage of Torfaen for yourself!

  1. Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

This charming canal runs through Pontypool and provides a scenic route for walking, cycling, and fishing. The towpath offers breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside, and the canal is a popular spot for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Take a stroll along the towpath and admire the stunning scenery and abundant wildlife.

Also along the canal you will find a number of lovely, traditional pubs such as The Open Hearth and The Star Inn that offer an excellent range of food and drink and provide a warm and friendly welcome.

  1. Torfaen Walk and Cycle Network

If you’re looking for a challenging hike or a leisurely bike ride, the Torfaen Walk and Cycle Network is the perfect destination. This network of trails and paths provides access to the beautiful countryside surrounding Pontypool, and is well-signed and suitable for walkers and cyclists of all abilities. Whether you’re looking for a scenic stroll or a more strenuous workout, the Torfaen Walk and Cycle Network is the ideal place to explore the great outdoors whilst taking in the wonderful nature and charming views surrounding it.

  1. Pontypool Town Centre

Pontypool Town Centre has plenty of shops, many of which are local independent retailers, and cafés. There is an indoor market which sells a range of goods to include antiques, crafts, books and fresh food. There is also an outdoor market which is held every Wednesday. Whatever your interests or needs, it can be found in Pontypool Town Centre.

 Other Attractions

There are plenty of other attractions to explore and visit in the neighbouring towns of Pontypool, all of which are a very short drive away. We will explore these below:

  1. Cwmbran Boating Lake

Located just a short drive from Pontypool, this large lake is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The lake has a perimeter path that is perfect for a leisurely walk, and there are also picnic areas and a playground for families. Whether you’re looking to fish, take a boat out on the lake, or simply relax in the fresh air, the Cwmbran Boating Lake is a great place to spend a sunny day.

  1. Big Pit

Big Pit is a former coal mine located in Blaenavon, Wales. It is now a museum and a part of the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site.

The mine was in operation from 1880 to 1980, and was the last deep mine to close in the area. Visitors to Big Pit can take an underground tour of the mine, guided by former miners. They will be taken down 300 feet below the surface and will be able to see the underground workings of the mine, including the original equipment and tools used by miners.

The museum also has an exhibition which tells the story of coal mining in the area and the lives of the miners who worked there.

Big Pit also offers a range of activities, including a children’s play area and a café. It is a fantastic day out.

  1. Llandegfedd Reservoir

Llandegfedd Reservoir is located in Monmouthshire, Wales. It is a large body of water formed by damming a section of the River Usk, and is owned and managed by Welsh Water.

The reservoir is a popular destination for fishing, sailing, and walking. It is home to a wide range of wildlife, including kingfishers, mute swans, and a variety of waterfowl. It is also a designated site of special scientific interest.

The reservoir is encircled by a path which is suitable for walking, cycling, and horse riding. There is also a play area, a café, and a visitor centre.

The views surrounding the reservoir are not to be missed. Whether you’re looking for a day packed with activity or would simply like an outdoor picnic or to visit the café, there is something for everyone at Llandegfedd Reservoir.

Travel Links

Pontypool provides excellent travel links. Buses operate throughout the day and has a train station which will take you to nearby destinations such as Cardiff. Road links are also fantastic with close access to the M4 motorway. 

With so much to see and do in Pontypool, it’s no wonder why this charming Welsh town is a popular destination for tourists, locals, contractors and business travellers alike. Whether you’re interested in outdoor adventure, cultural attractions, or simply looking for a peaceful escape, Pontypool has something for everyone.


So why wait? Book your accommodation with us at SPO Properties today and experience the beauty and adventure of this unique Welsh town for yourself!


Take a look at our gallery below at the stunning photos we have taken on our many adventures in Pontypool and see for yourself how magnificent this town really is. Simply click on the photos to enlarge them and get a closer look!

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