Cheap Hotels in Port Talbot
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Hotels in Port Talbot
Next to an impressive sandy beach, Port Talbot is a town with an exceptional industrial legacy. It is the home of the Abbey Works steel plant, which opened in the 1950s and was Wales' biggest employer by the 1960s, when it supported around 18,000 workers. The town is also an ideal base for exploring South Wales' photogenic beaches, heritage landmarks, and other historic holiday resorts such as Porthcawl and Barry Island.
Archaeological excavations have identified evidence of human activity in this part of Wales at around 4000 BC, although the Port Talbot area was originally a quiet market settlement called Aberafan. Today, the Abbey Works is called the Tata Steel Strip Products UK Port Talbot Works, and still produces several million tonnes of steel annually.
In the historic village of Margam, which is now part of Port Talbot, Margam Abbey dates back to the 12th century and was a significant monastic site until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century. The abbey now forms part of the Margam Country Park, which contains the Gothic Revival country house of Margam Castle and became a visitor attraction in the 1970s.
The South Wales Miners' Museum
In the quiet village of Cymmer near the outskirts of Port Talbot is the South Wales Miners' Museum, which opened in the 1970s and is in the scenic Afan Forest Park. The venue showcases the history of South Wales as the world's principal mining region, and sheds light on the conditions local miners had to experience on a daily basis to make ends meet.
Nearby: The Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall
This impressive waterfall, which can carry up to 160 million litres of water after heavy rainfall, has been a source of tremendous water power for more than four centuries. See the Waterfall Cottage to get a glimpse of what life would have been like for a tinplate family, visit the Tramway Bridge that used to be a vital transport link for traders, and see the waterwheel that was built to pioneer industrial innovation from water power.
Dining and accommodation
For some fantastic Indian flavours, head to the Cinnamon Kitchen Indian Restaurant, or treat yourself to some hearty British food at the Afan Tavern at the Jersey Arms. Popular, affordable Port Talbot hotels include the stylish, contemporary Premier Inn Port Talbot and the immaculate Blanco's Hotel.
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