Aberdare is the beautiful town nestled in the Cynon Valley area of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales, where the Rivers Dare (Dâr) and Cynon combine. The name Aberdare itself means “the mouth of the river dare” and refers to the lush greenery and scenic rivers surrounding this town. Aberdare was originally a small village focused on agriculture in the 11th to 15th century, and by the 19th century had
worked itself into a mining and industrial town with an abundance of coal and iron ore. With this development happening, the population of Aberdare grew quite substantially. Aberdare speaks mainly Welsh and is still considered one of the centres of Welsh culture and publishing. Alun Lewis, a poet in the Second World War, even dedicated and wrote a poem titled The Mountain over Aberdare. An interesting fact for music lovers, the founding members of the band The Stereophonics originated from a nearby village to Aberdare. The town also has an easily accessible train station as well as bus station, making a trip away pleasant and quick to do.