The town was named after the daughter of King Brychan, whose name was Tydfil. She was slain by pagans around 480AD; according to legend, and the town was named after her.
Merthyr Tydfil is home to the first steam locomotive built in 1804 and is still today filled with history and architectural remains. It is considered a very serene and safe place to live and is around 23 miles from the capital of Wales, Cardiff. The population, according to the 2011 consensus, was 43 000 and the town is still bustling with people today.
There is a great deal of famous people that came from Merthyr Tydfil, such as the actor Richard Davies, the poet Glyn Jones, fashion designer Julien MacDonald and the international footballer Mark Pembrigde, to name a few.
The town of Merthyr Tydfil is vibrant and busy, although it still has that traditional small-town feel. The location is also brilliant as it is home to numerous amenities and local shops, while also being close enough to surrounding areas with even more on offer.