Port Talbot has long been an important industrial town, particularly known for its busy docks and towering steelworks which dominate the estuary of the River Afan. It was named after the industrialist Talbot family who opened new docks in the 19th century.
The Talbot family also rebuilt magnificent Margam Castle as their country seat. This impressive mansion is now the centrepiece for a beautiful public park with its own miniature railway, play areas, deer park and many other visitor attractions.
West of the estuary is Aberavon, with three miles of beautiful wide flat sandy beach and a long promenade good for walking and cycling. It is popular with families and great for sports such as surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.
For something different, go east to Barry and explore the South Wales coastline on a day out.
Towns Near Port Talbot To Visit - straight line distance:Neath (4.65 miles) Maesteg (5.17 miles) Kenfig (6.68 miles) Swansea (7.28 miles)
Margam Country Park Fantastic Gothic mansion set in beautiful parkland with a huge range of attractions.
Go Ape! Margam High ropes adventure in beautiful Margam Country Park.
Margam Abbey Historic ruined Cistercian monastery dating from the 12th century.
South Wales Miners Museum Discover the life and hardships of the coal mining communities.
Margam Stones Museum Beautifully carved Celtic crosses.
Afan Forest Park Beautiful wooded landscape much loved by families, walkers and cyclists.
Glyncorrwg Ponds Woodland, lakes and Mountain Bike Centre in the beautiful scenery of Afan Valley Forest Park.
The Princess Royal Theatre Large venue hosting leading names in music, comedy and theatre.