South entrance to Aberfan
|Post town:||Merthyr Tydfil|
|Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney|
Aberfan is a former coal-mining village in Glamorgan, four miles south of Merthyr Tydfil. 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
- Aberfan & Merthyr Vale Community Centre - a community centre with a swimming pool, fitness room, weights room, cafe and a hall.
- Aberfan Cemetery and Aberfan Disaster Remembrance Area
| ("Wikimedia Commons" has material|
- Old Merthyr Tydfil: Aberfan - Historical Photographs of Aberfan.