From swans and dragons to zip wires and fountains, Aberdare Park has so much to see, do and explore.
At the heart of the park is the beautiful boating lake, which has been painstakingly regenerated. Sail your own toy boats or hire one of the traditional paddle boats that have made a welcome return to the park. Choose from a swan or dragon boat and enjoy the water in style.
Take time to feed the geese and birds and don't miss the magnificent Coronation Fountain, which is one of just three in the world - it's identical to the one situated outside the famous Raffles hotel in Singapore.
Aberdare Park has acres of space to explore, as well as tennis courts, bowling and an adventure playground with lots for all ages - from swings and roundabouts to a zip wire and climbing frame.
Plants, flowers and wildlife at the park:
View more about the exquisite flower gardens, plants, trees, insects and birds at Aberdare Park.
The history of the park:
Aberdare Park is a well-preserved Victorian public park which is registered Grade II* on the CADW-ICOMOS Register of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales.
In 1911, Lord Merthyr donated to the inhabitants of Aberdare an elaborate cast iron fountain to commemorate the coronation of King George V and Mary.
In 1890, the original bandstand was built out of timber and was made of a platform without a roof. It was sited by the side of the lake and could accommodate up to 30 people.
Originally a drinking fountain, it was presented in 1905 by Mr Isaac George, High Constable of Mountain Ash before the end of his term of office.
Sculpted by Sir Thomas Brock, the statue was unveiled at a ceremony in January 1913 by Sir T. Marchant Williams (Stipendiary magistrate).
Many years ago, a passionate group set up the Aberaman and district light motor vehicle and motorcycle club.
In 1956, the National Eisteddfod was held in the park and the Gorsedd Circle was erected to commemorate this event.