Cyfarthfa Castle is widely regarded as the best preserved and grandest ironmaster’s house in Wales. The building, which is Grade I listed, is of national historical and architectural significance. It acts as the centrepiece of Cyfarthfa Park – extensive gardens and public park that are listed within Cadw’s Register of Historic Parks and Landscapes. Cyfarthfa Castle is home to a Museum and Art Gallery; Café; and until very recently, Cyfarthfa High School.
On the 26th September 2012, the Council’s Cabinet approved a feasibility study and options appraisal for Cyfarthfa Castle that seeks to preserve the rich built heritage of Merthyr Tydfil for the benefit of the community and future generations.
With the recent departure of the School, the Council in conjunction with national bodies and local interest groups have considered options to secure a sustainable future for the building with continued and enhanced public access as a key ambition.
The preferred option identifies viable and economical sustainable uses whilst preserving the rich built heritage of Merthyr Tydfil for the benefit of the community and future generations. The Council and its partners will develop funding proposals aimed at undertaking extensive repairs to the fabric of the Castle in a phased approach for enlarging the Museum, developing conference facilities, offices and much more.