Merthyr Tydfil

town in Wales

Merthyr Tydfil (Welsh: Merthyr Tudful), also called just Merthyr, is a town in Merthyr Tydfil County Borough, a principal area of Wales. According to a 2018 estimate, 60,183 people live there.

Merthyr Tydfil
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Merthyr Tydfil high street
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Coat of arms
Map of Wales, with a red dot showing the position of Merthyr Tydfil
Map of Wales, with a red dot showing the position of Merthyr Tydfil
Merthyr Tydfil
Location within Wales
Population60,183 (2018)
OS grid referenceSO0506
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCF47, CF48
Dialling code01685
UK Parliament
List of places
51°44′35″N 3°22′41″W / 51.743°N 3.378°W / 51.743; -3.378Coordinates: 51°44′35″N 3°22′41″W / 51.743°N 3.378°W / 51.743; -3.378

It is located 20.25 miles (32.59 km) north north-east of Cardiff, the capital city.

It is the largest town and the county town of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough and is in the preserved county of Mid Glamorgan. It is one of Wales' biggest towns.


In 1891, 68.4% of people who lived in the town said they could speak Welsh. In 2011, the number had falled to just 8.9%. English is the most spoken language there.


Merthyr Tydfil has a train station. It is on the Merthyr line from Cardiff Central. There is also a large bus station there.


Merthyr Tydfil has a football team called Merthyr Town FC. They were founded in 2010 after an older team, Merthyr Tydfil FC, had dissolved. Even though they are a Welsh team, they play in England's leagues. Their home stadium is Penydarren Park.


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