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Posted on 24 July 2014

Merthyr Tydfil in Top 10 Special Places

Merthyr Tydfil in Top 10 Special Places

Iconic Cyfarthfa Castle has been voted as one of Wales' top 10 Special Places in a major campaign by National Trust Wales.

And now the race is on to get it crowned as the champion, with the public being asked to throw their weight behind it and vote for it.

At the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, it was announced Cyfarthfa Castle will be battling against nine others for the top spot, which include Penarth Pier, Hay-on-Wye, the Gower, and the Brecon Beacons.

The landmark was shortlisted for its historical importance and beautiful grounds, and was initially voted for by the public for being "an iconic building owned by the people of Merthyr" and "a remarkable place at the heart of the community".

Chris Parry, Museum Community Officer at Cyfarthfa Castle, said: "My special place in Wales is Cyfarthfa Castle, so it's exciting to see this place is loved by so many other people, too.

"People come every day for so many different things to find out about the history of the town, to get married and more.

"It is not a stagnant old building that barely gets used, it is in constant use and for many people and I hope the people of Merthyr Tydfil get behind our famous castle to get it into the top spot this year."

The shortlist was chosen by a panel of official judges, including broadcaster Roy Noble, travel journalist Simon Calder and TV wildlife presenter Iolo Williams.

Roy Noble said: "I am so pleased that such an important part of Merthyr's heritage has been recognised and hope the people of Merthyr get behind Cyfarthfa Castle and vote before it's too late."

The winning Special Place will be given help and support by the National Trust to help preserve and promote it in Wales, alongside campaign partners Cadw, Cynnal Cymru and Visit Wales.

Members of the public are being asked to vote online or in person at Cyfarthfa Castle by July 31 or online by August 3.

Vote for your Special Place via Twitter using #lleoeddarbennig or #specialplaces, or visit National Trust on Facebook.

Tel: 01685 727371
Last updated: 24.07.2014
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