National Trust Aberdulais Falls
The industrial heritage of this area goes back to 1584, when copper was first manufactured. Iron smelting and corn milling followed, with a tin plate works being built around 1830. As well as powering industries for over 400 years, this magnificent waterfall inspired artist J M W Turner in 1795. Today, the site houses Europe’s largest electricity-generating water wheel.
Aberdulais Falls is owned and cared for by the National Trust and features the following:
- unique fish pass
- visitor interactive display
- educational facilities
- National Trust gift shop
- facilities for disabled visitors
- free guided tours during the summer months
Location: On the A4109, 2 miles north east of Neath at Aberdulais.
Bus: 158 (First Cymru) from Swansea/Neath. Also accessible via a pleasant walk or cycle ride form Neath (join footpath at B&Q) along the Neath Canal to Aberdulais Basin and Falls (approx. 2 miles).
Accessibility: Accessible to less abled visitors. Special lift provided; access through the turbine house and new scissor lift provides views above the waterfall.
Founded in 1130 by the Norman Baron, Richard de Granville and described as the 'Fairest Abbey in all Wales' by Tudor Historian John Leland.
The Abbey enjoyed varying fortunes, even serving as an early copper works after the dissolution. Although situated near an industrial area, the Abbey's location, on the banks of the Tennant Canal, makes it a tranquil and memorable site for the visitor.
Location: Off the A465 follow the A4320 Skewen signs. Turn left opposite the Hope & Anchor public house.
Bus: 158 or 143 (First Cymru) from Swansea/Neath
Accessibility: Accessible to the disabled visitor.
- Tel: CADW on 029 20 500 200