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Rhondda Heritage Park

Rhondda Heritage Park

Relics of the coal industry in South Wales

The south Welsh Rhondda valley was one of the world's largest mining regions for almost a hundred years, but after the turbulent closures, only a handful of coal mines survived.

The rise of oil and the supply of cheaper coal from abroad mixed up the Welsh coal industry from the 1950s onwards. One coal mine after another had to close, as did the Lewis Merthyr Colliery.

Doctor Who

The last coal was extracted in 1983, but the mine was given a second life as Rhondda Heritage Park, a museum where former miners can show you around. The underground tunnels were the setting for the Doctor Who episode 'The Doctor's Daughter.'

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