Local Amenities & History

The Imperial Hotel is situated perfectly within Merthyr Tydfil and the nearby Brecon Beacons to provide you with an unrivaled opportunity to view not just the historical elements of Merthyr Tydfil's history but also to visit one of the most beautiful national parks in the United Kingdom

On the left hand side is a selection of venues, pursuits and areas that we think you might be interested in.

Always feel free to ask us anything about the local area - even if you require a packed lunch for your journey.


Merthyr Tydfil and its surrounding area has a wealth of industrial heritage to see, it was once regarded as the engine of the industrial revolution due to the abundance of coal and iron.

Richard Trevithick built the first working steam train engine in Merthyr Tydfil. The phrase "Made in Dowlais" can still be found on steam engines operating in the world today.

Merthyr Tydfil can claim to many notable individuals - Laura Ashley - fashion designer and business woman - born in Dowlais. Julien Macdonald - fashion designer and two world boxing champions are but a few Merthyr people who have made an impression in the wider world in recent years.