My father (78) brother (37) and I (35) are planning to visit Wales in May, primarily to visit Merthyr Tydfil. My Father's Great Grandfather came to America from there and we'd like to see the place. We are planning to arrive in London on Saturday the 13th and travel to Cardiff, rent a car and get to Merthyr Tydfil. We'd then spend Sunday-Thursday in the area, travelling back to London THursday afternoon/evening for Friday & Saturday sightseeing, then coming home on Sunday.
Obviously we really don't have enough time to see all that there is, but we want to make sure we get a good sampling. So far, we think we want to see Castles of Carreg Cennen and Caerphilly and Tintern Abbey; St. Fagan's museum of Welsh life, Brecon Beacons, Cyfarthfa Castle museum. We'd like to attend a church on Sunday and perhaps see the Abbey and or a castle that afternoon. We want to spend some time on the attactions of Merthyr Tydfil
What are the Other things you'd recommend us to see while we are there?
What is a reasonable order in which to take them? IE: if you had the 4.5 days we have and wanted to see these things, how would you arrange that so that you don't spend the whole time driving around?
Any Hotel Recommendations for Merthyr Tydfil?