Merthyr Tydfil is one of the most historically fascinating and beautiful regions in South Wales. It is situated between the breathtaking Brecon Beacons National Park and the nation’s capital city Cardiff. It’s so easy to get to our ‘Little Big Festival’ you are literally spoilt for choice in how you decide to come and spend the weekend with us. Whether travelling by car, bus or train, getting to Merthyr couldn't be easier. Follow the information and links below and you will quickly see that our festival is within easy reach from anywhere in the UK. We look forward to seeing you all for what will be an amazing weekend of live music, arts, talks and above all fun during Merthyr Rising 2018.
Getting to Merthyr Tydfil by car couldn’t be easier. From the east, exit the M4 at junction 32 and take the A470. From the west, exit the M4 at junction 43 and take the A465.
The Midlands and M5 are easily accessed via the M50, A40 and A465 Heads of the Valleys road, which are largely dual carriageway. The excellent road network means that Merthyr Tydfil is within easy reach from many towns and cities.
Merthyr Tydfil bus station is in the heart of the town centre with easy access to the festival. There are buses every 15 minutes from Cardiff to Merthyr with regular pick ups on route from many valley towns. We are easily reached from a number of major towns and cities in Wales via local bus.
You can get to Cardiff by coach from all major cities and then it’s a simple 45 minute journey to Merthyr Tydfil from there.
There is a train service every ½ hour between Merthyr Tydfil and Cardiff with the journey taking 1 hour. From Cardiff, you can connect to the national rail network. To find out more, please visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 0871 200 2950.
Merthyr Tydfil train station is in the middle of the town centre with easy access to the shops via Beacons Place or to the southern end of the town centre via the Masonic Street steps. The festival is situated just a few mins walk from the train station.
A secure campsite will be available close to the festival arena which will be 100% secure with toilets, wash and toilet facilities. Electric hookup points will be available for a limited amount of caravans and campervans if needed. Weekend camping passes start from £35 pp. Full details and a camping guide will be provided upon booking.Book a pitch
Merthyr Tydfil is a town rich with heritage and the surrounding valleys and mountains are some of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK. Within easy reach of the festival there are a number of B&B’s and family lodges available to rent as well as the standard fare hotels that are conveniently positioned in and around the area to give you easy access to everything that the festival has to offer. If you love the countryside then the Brecon Beacons are literally on the doorstep of Merthyr Tydfil and provide an abundance of varying star quality hotels and guest houses. Whatever you decide you can always rely on the warmest of welcome when you visit Merthyr Tydfil and its surrounding countryside.
We realise you are coming to Merthyr Tydfil predominantly for our festival but we also know it would be such a shame to miss out on experiencing the surrounding area and the town’s rich history while you are here. From bike trails to rock climbing and from Castle visits to historical walks, Merthyr has a lot to offer. You will never be short of great food either. Merthyr and the surrounding area is home to Michelin starred chefs as well as established national chains serving amazing food for every budget. Whatever interests you have; we are sure Merthyr Tydfil, its surrounding towns and the beautiful Brecon Beacons will satisfy every taste.
Check out http://www.welovemerthyr.co.uk for all the town centre place to eat and drink.
We want you to enjoy our festival. We will always endeavour to operate the festival in such a way that not only will it provide you with an amazing weekend of live entertainment but also provide you with a safe and secure event and one with a relaxed atmosphere. As the festival has grown we have had to ensure that your safety and well-being is paramount and as part of that setup there are a number of things that you need to be made aware of when visiting Merthyr Rising that will help us keep the festival running as smoothly as possible.
All alcoholic drinks purchased at the festival must be consumed within the festival. No alcohol is allowed to be taken outside the festival perimeters and at no time is alcoholic drinks to be brought into the festival grounds. All bags will be searched on arrival and any drinks found will be confiscated at point of entry.
The bar operates a strict token scheme and NO CASH will be accepted for drinks at the bar.
Drink Tokens can be purchased at token purchase points at the festival.
A mouth watering array of quality street food awaits you at our street food court. With such a stunning choice available and to help reduce the amount of waste generated during the festival we only allow food purchased at the festival to be consumed on site.
No Dogs/Pets Allowed - Only guide dogs are allowed on the festival grounds at any time.
Festival Wristbands - Festival wristbands MUST be worn at all times. If security sees anyone without a wristband they will be asked to purchase a fresh one for that day or asked leave if they refuse.
Rubbish and Bins - Please respect Penderyn Square and only use the recycling bins provided around the festival to empty your waste. We will be reducing the amount of waste in 2018 but providing branded 1 pint cups that you can keep for the duration of the festival for a small fee.
Children - All children under the age of 13 MUST be accompanied by an adult.