Welcome to Torfaen
Located on the borders of the Brecon Beacons and within easy reach of Wales' capital city Cardiff, Torfaen is the ideal place to visit for someone wanting to sample a flavour of Wales whether it be visiting friends and family, a weekend break or for a little longer.
If this is the first time you've been to this part of Wales you're in for a nice surprise. You can find out more about some of the things to see and do in the three largest towns, Cwmbran, Pontypool and Blaenavon.
Cwmbran Town Centre has a large pedestrianised and under cover shopping centre which is home to many leading high street names. It has over 3000 free parking spaces and a wide choice of shops all under one roof.
Pontypool Town Centre situated in the heart of Torfaen has traditional buildings that now house the modern day shops. It also boasts an historic park, a dry ski slope and a shell grotto!
Blaenavon was awarded World Heritage Status in November 2000. The town centre has a number of traditional shops which sit comfortably side-by-side a good selection of second-hand book shops, gift shops, cafes and include the recently opened Blaenafon Cheddar Company which makes and sells Big Pit cheese which has been matured 300ft underground. The area is also home to the award winning Big Pit National Coal Museum.
On this site you can get some ideas for a fun day out, a relaxing walk or a busy day shopping. Torfaen has a rich heritage and there are many attractions and places of interest throughout the county which assist in explaining the importance of the area. The valley is linked and criss-crossed by a series of mountainous roads that provide panoramic views. The Afon Lwyd, the river running down the valley, was in ancient times named Torfaen, which means "rock-breaker".
You'll certainly need to stay for a few days to fully appreciate everything on offer. So why not relax in one of the quality hotels, guesthouses and self catering accommodation featured on this site.