Lifestyle and Culture in Torfaen and the region

Torfaen is situated in the South East of Wales, one of the most unrivalled places in the UK to live. Torfaen and the region offer an enriching environment which can only impress both residents and visitors. Your staff will undoubtedly enjoy the blend of unique and outstanding heritage, rich and distinct culture, awe inspiring landscape and coastal splendour, national parks, entertainment, art, sporting facilities, retail therapy, gastronomic delights plus the rural and countryside pursuits on offer.

Recreation

Torfaen offers excellent country paths for both walkers and cyclists, whilst rugged hilltops boast spectacular views. Canal towpaths used for more than two centuries, offer tranquil and thought-provoking walking routes. Pontypool also boasts one of the most beautiful parks in the area.

The Brecon Beacons are just an hour away, whilst the glorious serenity of the Wye Valley is 40 minutes drive away and the spectacular Glamorgan Heritage Coast is also within easy reach.

There is plenty of entertainment for children too in the area, from indoor play centres to the Greenmeadow Community Farm in Cwmbran.

Heritage

Torfaen was at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution and its industrial heritage has left a profound legacy on the landscape and in the lives of many who survive today. Museums, such as the one in Pontypool, provide a fascinating insight into the life of days gone by.

The furthest town north in Torfaen is Blaenavon, which is a World Heritage Site and home to:

  • the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, the first of its kind in the UK
  • the renowned Big Pit: National Coal Museum
  • Blaenavon Ironworks – the best preserved 18th century ironworks in Western Europe
  • Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway – the highest standard gauge preserved railway in Wales.

Shopping and Entertainment

Torfaen offers a wealth of different shopping experiences across the borough

  • The modern, undercover shopping centre and retail outlets in Cwmbran (all with free parking) in the south
  • the unique independent shops selling gifts, books, ceramics, jewellery and local produce of Blaenavon in the north
  • the vibrant indoor market in Pontypool.

From concert halls to theatres, cinemas, night clubs and eating places, Torfaen offers a whole range of entertainment venues. The heritage of Wales is also celebrated in the area with year - long Eisteddfodau, concerts and cultural events such as music festivals and carnivals.

Within a short drive, the Welsh capital of Cardiff offers all the facilities and attractions of a major cosmopolitan European city. Other regional centres at Bristol and Bath are also within easy reach.

Torfaen and the surrounding area have an acclaimed selection of places to eat out. Award winning country pubs, specialist ethnic restaurants along with a huge selection of modern outlets to cater for every taste, palette and pocket.

For more information about locating your business in Torfaen please contact Gaynor Wakeling, Business Development & Markets Manager;

Telephone: 01633 648371/Mobile: 07980682307                              Email: gaynor.wakeling@torfaen.gov.uk