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Garwnant Visitor Centre

5 star Rating 5/5 (1 review)

Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan and Cardiff, Wales

Attraction Information

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Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)

Venue type: Outdoor

This beautiful forest is a jewel in Natural Resources Wales' crown and one of South Wales' leading recreation sites, now boasting some of the top facilities in the country. From the Changing Places disabled facilities, the trails and the award-winning restaurant, the newly re-developed site really does have something for everyone.

There's plenty to entertain the family. With a fantastic play area, low ropes course and the Animal Puzzle Trail, you're guaranteed to return time and time again.

Try the Wern Walk or the Willow Walk for a few hours light exercise or simply relax with a cup of coffee and a selection of local foods in the restaurant.

Throughout the year, Garwnant Visitors Centre hosts multiple free events for children to enjoy. Also, they arrange a highly successful Halloween Spooky night which has sold out year after year. Kids and big kids are invited to take a guided tour around the forest where spooky things await!

The Christmas winter wonderland is also a massive hit. For one week only, Santa and his reindeers visit the Garwnant Visitors centre to meet the children to see who's been good or who's been bad! Your kids get to meet Santa and feed the reindeers, but there's also lots of treats on for the adults, including a BBQ and a heap of Mulled wine!


  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Available Snacks Available
  • Picnics Allowed Picnics Allowed
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


Cwmtaf, Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan and Cardiff, CF48 2HU, Wales


Click here to visit Garwnant Visitor Centre's website
01685 722481

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 16:30


Free admission

More Information

Eating information

The Cafe
Term Time
Monday to Friday 11:00 - 15:00
Saturday to Sunday 11:00 - 16:00
School Holidays
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Weather policy

In severe weather Garwnant will be closed due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff.

Pets allowed

Dogs are welcome

Parking facilities

Parking Charge
All Day: £2.00

March - October
Tuesday to Sunday 08:00 - 18:00
Monday 08:00 - 17:00
November - February
Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 17:00


A great day out with the family

5 star Rating 5 / 5

Written by Gwawr . 16.04.17

Ticks all the boxes ✔️ Woodland walks and trails with maps provided free at the visitor centre Childrens park/play area Cafe Take a picnic or BBQ

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Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan and Cardiff, Wales

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