Multimillion-pound scheme centres on Cyfarthfa Castle and furnaces, which need urgent repairs

Recent history has not been kind to Merthyr Tydfil. The decline of the sprawling ironworks turned a crucible of the Industrial Revolution into a place of high unemployment and social deprivation. The area continues to be battered by Covid-19.

But brighter times may be ahead after the unveiling of a hugely ambitious 20-year masterplan to create a 100-hectare (250-acre) heritage park with the aim of bringing to life Merthyr’s extraordinary history, healing a scarred landscape, drawing in half a million visitors a year and creating hundreds of new jobs.

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