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Visit Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales - Croeso

Dark Skies Discovery Sites

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and associated Welsh Government restrictions, some facilities may be closed, or operating in a manner that is different from usual to ensure safety. Please check in advance.

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Look to the sky in Rhondda Cynon Taf, which offers some of the best star-gazing opportunities in the UK.

We are proud to be a Dark Sky Wales pioneer and have a number of sites across the county borough that offer the best-possible environments to enjoy the stars, constellations and solar system.

You can enjoy the sky at night at your own pace at one of the destinations below, or take advantage of the free events that are on offer throughout the year.

Barry Sidings Countryside Park - Orion Class

The site has ample parking facilities outside of car park at night and is easily located between the villages of Hopkinstown and Trehafod. The park provides good southerly views but limited towards western and eastern horizons.

Bwlch Mountain - Milkyway Class

A lay-by located on top of the Bwlch Mountain, the site provides uninterrupted views to the south, east and west.

Daerwynno Outdoor Centre - Milkyway Class

The site is located between the Rhondda and Cynon Valleys and it sits within a natural bowl. The site provides a wide panorama with slightly obscured views below 15 degrees

Dare Valley Country Park - Orion Class

Dare Valley Country Park has ample parking and a large area in which to observe the night sky. Good horizons with slightly obstructed view to the west.

Garn Eiddel Car Park - Milkyway Class

Garn Eiddel car park is located on top of Maerdy Mountain. The site provides an excellent panorama. Some slight light pollution to southerly aspect.

Hendre Mynydd Car Park - Milkyway Class

Hendre Mynydd car park is located on top of the Rhigos Mountain. The site provides uninterrupted views to the south, east & west.

Red Lion Pub - Milky Way Class

The Red Lion Pub is located near the village of Penderyn within the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Rose and Crown Pub - Orion Class

The site is located above the Pontypridd area and has fantastic panorama of the South Wales Valleys extending to the Severn Estuary.