Unlike other valley towns, Aberdare spreads across a broad vale with an open aspect. Home to over 35,000 people and known as the Queen of the Valleys.
Commercial Street, Aberdare
Aberdare is a busy shopping town which combines an eventful history with a grand scenic setting and an unusual cultural claim to fame as the cradle of the British film industry: It was here in Aberdare that William Haggar produced The Maid of Cefn Ydfa in 1901, followed by over forty melodramas and thrillers which, with violence and police chases were popular in Britain, Europe and America.
“...a busy shopping town which combines an eventful history with a grand scenic setting...”
The town centre is crowned by the 180-foot spire of St Elvan’s Church. To one side is the landscaped area of the Rock Grounds, whilst on the other three sides are the main shopping areas, Canon Street, Cardiff Road and Victoria Square, which is dominated by a Cenotaph built by Sir Edwin Lutyens as the prototype for the one in London’s Whitehall.
St. Elvan’s Church, Aberdare
The shopping streets are packed with small shops, some of them, like Phil’s Fishing Tackle, highly specialised. As the main focal point for the whole of the Cynon Valley, Aberdare also boasts a large number of restaurant and cafés, pubs and hotels.
Commercial Street and Market Street are pedestrianised, and no stroll through the town would be complete without a visit to the Indoor Market, which offers a fantastic range of goods and bargains - everything you always forget!
Billiard balls, dominoes and darts, galvanised steel buckets and hosepipe roses, coal shovels and pan scourers, 78-records, glassware and china knick knacks, rugs and carpets, not to mention the butchers' stalls and the aroma of fresh bread.
“... a fantastic range of goods and bargains - everything you always forget!”