Neath Abbey ruins, next to the Tennant Canal, can be accessed from Monastery Road and the abbey ruins should not be confused with an area of Neath also known as Neath Abbey.
This view shows the ruins peeping over the trees by the Tennant Canal. Entry to the abbey is free.
This Cistercian abbey was founded in 1130 and these ruins, administered by CADW, are quite extensive. This shows the lay brothers quarters on the left with the Abbey Church in the far distance.
This used to be one of the largest and most important abbeys in Wales.
There isn't much left of the main body of the church itself with this showing some fragments of the nave, poking up into the sky, and the main crossing would have been to the right out of view.
This is all that remains of the main crossing with the Nave running diagonally left to right between the two upright structures. The base of a column can be seen in the foreground.
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The ironworks were established here around 1792 and became famous for high-quality engineering products including locomotives, stationary engines and steamships. It includes two of the tallest blast furnaces ever constructed using masonry.
The ironworks, maintained by CADW, are officially open only at certain times but we were able to walk in when we were there but if you visit it is at your own risk.
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Aberdulais is a small village just 2 miles north-east of Neath and is known for its waterfalls. Aberdulais also has a lengthy industrial history thanks to the abundant supply of energy derived from the waterfalls and the presence in the vicinity of coal and timber.
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