This gorgeous and scenic Victorian park is located in the village of Trecynon and near the town of Aberdare in South Wales. With nearly fifty acres of land, Aberdare Park first opened in July of 1869 and had the landscaping work done by William Baron, a man notable for being responsible for the creation of many other beautiful parks at that time.
Aberdare Park features a variety of lovely trees, some native to the region and some exotic and foreign. Most of these trees have been there since Victorian times. Some species of these trees include (but are not limited to) birch, cherry, beech, cedar, poplar, hawthorn, maple, pine, oak, chestnut, redwood, spruce, willow, and yew. There are also rhododendrons and azaleas, which bloom in the fall and bring an extra level of vibrancy to the park.
This park also has quaint wildlife, such as energetic squirrels in the trees as well as ducks and geese in the lake. There is also a statue of Lord Merthyr at the park’s main entrance.
For activities here, many people enjoy merely walking through or around the park and enjoying the lush and vibrant scenery. There are various trails and paths through the park, as well as wide open spaces that are great for exercising and picnics. There I even a tennis court, as well as two bowling greens and a children’s play area! There are sometimes even paddle boats available for use on the lake if you want to get a new perspective on the lovely panoramic scenery.
Furthermore, if you come during the summertime, you can be treated to live music, since local bands will be playing on the bandstand during those months.
Another exciting event that occurs during the summer is motorcycle races that take place in July. Called the Aberdare Park National Road Races, these take place annually and are inherently fun but straightforward road races that utilise the public roads within the park. The track for this road race is said to be one of the most exciting and also one of the hardest despite the course being relatively short in comparison to some other road race tracks.
The hours that Aberdare Park is open varies depending on the time of year. In November, December, and January the park opens at 7 in the morning and closes at 5 in the evening. IN February in opens at 7 am and closes at 5:30 pm. IN March and October the park opens at 7 am and closes at 6:30 pm. In April and September, the park opens at 7 am and closes at 8:30 pm. And finally, in May, Jun, and July (when the days are longer thanks to the summer season) the park opens at am and closes at 9 pm.
To reach Aberdare Park directly, you may come in off of Hirwaun Road or Park Lane; there is also disabled access via Glan Road. You may also enter the park through the main gates at the park lodge, which is situated at the junction of Glan Road and Gadlys Road.