Visitors have been coming to Pontypridd's Ynysangharad War Memorial Park to enjoy play, picnics and outdoor events and adventures for nearly 100 years - and it's easy to see why.
Things to do at the park:
It's home to the stunningly-restored The National Lido of Wales, Ponty Lido, which has three heated outdoor pools, inflatable slides and games, lane swimming and a splash pool for the little ones.
The Lido Ponty Visitor Centre is worth a visit. It takes you back to the days of the original Lido, where Jenny Jones, the first woman to swim the English Channel, trained and Sir Tom Jones strutted his stuff in the sunshine.
The neighbouring Lido Play is one of the best playgrounds in the area and has themed play equipment to celebrate the industrial success of Pontypridd.
Visit the Waterside Cafe for a great selection of delicious homemade meals and cakes, hot coffees and ice creams, slushies and more! The cafe overlooks both The Lido pool and the Lido Play area.
Pontypridd town centre is just a few minutes' walk if you want to explore a wider selection of places to eat and drink.
The park also has tennis courts, a cricket pitch and footgolf and acres of open space to explore -it has secured the prestigious Green Flag Award every year for 12 consecutive years!
The park often hosts family attractions, such as fun days, fairs, and parades. The flagship event is the Big Welsh Bite, held on the first weekend of August to celebrate the food, lifestyle and culture of RCT .
The park is bordered on one side by the Taff Trail, meaning you can cycle to it from Cardiff or Merthyr Tydfil. It's also walking distance from the train station and there are plenty of car parks in Pontypridd.
Plants, flowers and wildlife at the park:
View more about the exquisite flower gardens, plants, trees, insects and birds at Ynysangharad Park.
The history of the park:
Find out more about the rich history of the Park.
Find out more about the two bronze statues that depict two figures in Celtic robes.
Enjoy the sunken garden surrounding the breathtaking bandstand.
The roll of honour consists of the names of those from within the former Pontypridd Urban District and current Town Council boundaries who died serving in the World Wars and subsequent conflicts.
This small drinking fountain is dedicated to the grandson of Samel Lenox one of the founding partners of Brown Lenox Chain and Anchor.
If you would like to find out more about the history of Ynysangharad War Memorial Park and of Pontypridd, why not join one of our walking trail which starts at Pontypridd Museum? Alternatively you can also download the audio guide and trail map.