Glanrhyd Plantation

Glan-Rhyd Road, Pontardawe, United Kingdom

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Swansea Valley’s Hidden Gem

Glanrhyd Plantation lies within sight of the bustling Pontardawe town centre, and can be accessed via the stunning Cwm Du Glen.

The ruins of the home of the Gilbertsons, the industrialists who more or less made Pontardawe as a town, looks down from the hillside above.

The house itself has been demolished but its gardens, with its mix of trees and shrubs, indigenous and imported, remain for all to enjoy.

Leighton Davies, countryside access officer for Neath Port Talbot Council, said: “It’s a real hidden gem and I would say on a par with the Gnoll, Margam Park and Afan Forest in terms of what it has to offer.

“The original Gilbertson, Arthur, establish Glanrhyd’s garden where he planted all sorts of exotic trees and shrubs. That’s the legacy that we have today and we want to use it to tell the story for people who come and visit.

“There are some tremendous trees, such as the red woods, which are from the south coast of America, some lovely yew trees and various other species.”


Access is by foot only, there is no Parking on Site. Parking and many cafes are available close in the town of Pontardawe. Blissful Bakes tearooms are located opposite the town entrance. The lower entrance is at the towns crossroads, to the rear of the square via Cwm Du Glen. Alternatively there is  access via James street. To from the lower glen to the plantation there are many steps (nearly 200!)

** Due to fallen trees, until further notice access is via the steps on James St only **

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