The Grange is 2 minutes from the junction of the A470 and A465 (Heads of the Valleys) and only 25 mins from J32 of the M4 at Cardiff.
Despite the secluded, quiet location, we are really easy to get to. Reach us by Train or Bus, Bike, Plane or Car – but please make sure you read the directions as the last 500 metres can be tricky if you don’t.
Please read the A465 Project section, especially if you’ve stayed with us before, as the road network around us will be changing constantly over the next 5 years from May 2021.
Our Address is: The Grange, Pontycapel Road, Cefn-Coed-y-Cymmer, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2PB.
By Train or Bus
You can get to Merthyr Tydfil by train using services from Cardiff Central station. It’ll take about an hour from Cardiff – services are every 30 mins Monday to Saturday and every two hours on Sunday. You can find train times on the National Rail Journey Planner.
As an alternative from Cardiff you can take either the T4 & X4 bus services which leave every 10 minutes at peak times and takes between 45-60 minutes.
If you’re coming from Brecon then you need the T4 bus service which runs every hour and takes around 25-30 minutes. This service starts from Newtown in Mid-Wales. Full timetable information for all Welsh bus services can be found on the Traveline Cymru website
Once you reach Merthyr you can take the 25 bus from the centre of Merthyr to Cefn Coed which (at the time of writing) runs between 0700-1830 Monday to Saturday. Alternatively you can get a taxi which will cost around £5 – we recommend EuroKabs who can be contacted on 01685 383838
Be aware that most of the popular areas to walk/hike, many tourist attractions and some of our favourite local restaurants are not within walking distance, so if you don’t come by car you’ll probably need to get around by taxi once you’re here.
We love it when guests show up on bikes – if you’re planning to ride to The Grange feel free to contact us in advance for route advice
Our postcode is CF48 2PB and is unique to our property, so should guide you directly to us. You will always find us by searching for “The Grange Guesthouse, Cefn Coed” on Google Maps and the other major mapping services. We strongly recommend doing that, or using the detailed directions below. If in doubt, please contact us for advice.
The Grange has on-site parking for one car per room, so if you bring more than that we may have to ask you to park extra cars off site at busy times.
Be warned, there is another “Grange Guesthouse” in Brecon, about 20 miles away. Make sure you don’t get us confused when planning your route (trust us, this happens a couple of times a year!).
A465 Dual Carriageway Project – Road network changes
Section updated: 11 September 2021
A Welsh Government project started in May 2021 to convert 11 miles of the A465 between Dowlais and Hirwaun to dual carriageway. This project is scheduled to last until 2025 and will mean substantial changes to the road network around The Grange.
The route to The Grange has now changed for everyone due to the closure of the bridge that that takes Cefn Coed High Street over the A465. This is a long term closure (up to 2 years) so the road beneath it can be widened and a replacement bridge constructed. The diversion is via two new mini-roundabouts on the A465 (marked in red and green).
Whichever direction you’re coming to The Grange from, you should exit the A465 at the East (green) mini roundabout, then follow the blue line marked in blue down Lower Vaynor Road, crossing over Cefn High Street at the crossroads by the Lord Raglan pub. Please ignore any “Road Ahead Closed” signs as this relates to a closure of an access road 200m beyond The Grange and will not affect your route to us.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
For more information on the project, see their Twitter or Facebook pages. You can also check the Traffic Wales website for details of any road closures that may affect your journey when you’re staying with us.
Alternative routes which avoid most of the roadworks (Click the link and then add your starting point for directions):
By Plane to Cardiff International Airport (CWL)
If you fly into Cardiff you have several options to reach The Grange
Hiring a car
All the major car rental companies have outlets at the airport and it’s a 45-60 minute drive to The Grange.
This will cost £70-80 each way – please make sure you show the driver the link to the driving directions above
There is a shuttle bus from the terminal building to “Rhoose Cardiff International Airport” station where most services run directly to Merthyr Tydfil, the final stop on the line – direct trains take approximately 1h30. Where no direct service is available, go to Cardiff Central and change there for a Merthyr Tydfil service. You can find train times on the National Rail Journey Planner.