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South entrance to Aberfan
Aberfan is located in Merthyr Tydfil
 Aberfan shown within Merthyr Tydfil
OS grid reference SO070002
Community Merthyr Vale
Principal area Merthyr Tydfil
Ceremonial county Mid Glamorgan
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Merthyr Tydfil
Postcode district CF48
Dialling code 01443
Police South Wales
Fire South Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Welsh Assembly Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
List of places
Merthyr Tydfil

Coordinates: 51°41′36″N 3°20′45″W / 51.693283°N 3.345723°W / 51.693283; -3.345723

Aberfan (Welsh pronunciation: [ˌabɛrˈvan]) is a former coalmining village in South Wales, 4 miles (6 km) south of Merthyr Tydfil Town. The Taff Trail (locally known as the "Canal Bank" or just "the bank") runs through Aberfan from Troed-y-rhiw, to Treharris. The River Taff also flows through Aberfan.

On 21 October 1966, it became known for the Aberfan disaster, when a colliery spoil heap collapsed into homes and a school, killing 116 children and 28 adults.

There are now two schools, Ynysowen Primary School adjacent to the Grove Field and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Rhyd-Y-Grug which has moved to the previously occupied Ynysowen Primary School building.

The post office in the village is open six days a week.

Places in Aberfan[edit]

  • Aberfan & Merthyr Vale Community Centre - a community centre with a swimming pool, fitness room, weights room, cafe and a hall.[1]
  • Aberfan Cemetery and Aberfan Disaster Remembrance Area

External links[edit]


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