Folly Tower
Folly Tower
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High Street Fitness
Pontypool, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The precise date of construction for the tower is unknown, but it is generally thought that the original tower was built around 1765 to 1770 by John Hanbury, a local landowner and ironmaster who owned Pontypool Park. The local name of The Folly was in use as far back as 1865. It is thought the tower was renovated around 1831 by Capel Hanbury Leigh. This date is derived from a keystone from the doorway bearing an '1831' inscription. The tower provided a vantage point over the local area and quickly became popular and a well known feature of the area.

In May 1935 an estimated 15 to 20,000 people gathered at the Folly Tower to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V with the lighting of a bonfire.

However, the folly, being open to the elements, began to fall into a state of disrepair during the late 1930s. Pontypool Park Estate Office attached notices to the structure informing visitors of the potential dangers of falling masonry.
Written 7 January 2023
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tr8v2l3r
lca336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
A bracing walk, with lovely views of Pontypool and Cwmbran. Not open but still worth a visit. Walked over from the grotto.
Written 5 December 2021
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Dee76
190 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
This was a lovely walk even on a wet day in lockdown. Shame the folly isn't open though, would be a much better experience.
Written 1 November 2020
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Sylvie
Aberystwyth, UK23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
A short walk through a field to reach the tower. Beautiful views of the surrounding area. Unfortunately wasn't open
Written 16 November 2019
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johncZ4852NW
Kingsteignton, UK362 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
This is a great walk around the outer boundary of the park taking in the Shell Grotto, Folly Tower and gardens. The views from the top of the hill near the Folly are spectacular covering many counties and 360 degree landscape.Highly Recommended first class.
Written 22 July 2019
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pter4d
Halifax, UK315 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Quite a narrow road up to the parking place which could be fun on a busy day. Once parked it is a short walk to the tower we were lucky it was sunny today but could be muddy on a wet day. At the tower you get great views around, we were entertained by a glider going backward and forward above the tower.
Written 2 July 2019
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Kevin S
Pontypool, UK2,401 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Lived in Pontypool for nearly 10 years and the first time we've gone to the Folly Tower.
You can drive up along Folly Lane which is a very narrow lane but takes you to a car park on the right about 200 yards from the Tower.
Amazing views across Pontypool, Cwmbran and towards Abergavenny.
Would be lovely for dog walking but based on there was a few dog poops about I would suggest only for responsible owners only.
Would recommend.
Written 27 June 2019
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martync247
Pontypool, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
This place is one of my special places and I'm always inspired when there . The incredible 360 twelve counties view is captivating .
Written 4 June 2019
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Susan R
Cardiff, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
As a family we like to do a new walk on a Bank holiday. we printed a map and it was quite easy to read. the park was beautiful, with the band stand, cross in the garden. Walking through the woods the bluebells were in bloom and It was very quiet. The path up to the tower was fairly steep but when we arrived there it was well worth it to see the views, we could see the Bristol Channel the one side and the Sugar Loaf the other.
At the top it was very windy, the history about the tower was very interesting. The new born lambs were delightful. We took a detour on the way back and visited the American park well worth a visit to see the enormous trees.
Written 9 May 2019
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Mike Walsh
Pontypool, Wales, United Kingdom63 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
Little bit disappointed with the Folly did however enjoy the walk up and the view would suggest you wait for a dry day to visit the walk would also challenge anybody with disability's.
Written 7 May 2019
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