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Gnoll Park, Neath (Neath & Port Talbot)

Updated: Aug 10, 2021

One of my favourite places to go for a walk in south Wales. There's a lovely play park here, cafe, old ruins and paved (safe) paths that are great for practising biking or scooting.

Disclaimer!! First (and last) time for Coops to be on his bike without his helmet. I had forgotten it at home and he was desperate to go on the bike. He usually goes quite slow, but this day, of all days, it really clicked with him and he was going really fast! Typical. So definitely no more biking without a helmet!!

Why visit Gnoll Park?

  • The main attraction here for us is the play parks. Cooper has always loved a park and the one in the Gnoll really is great. There are two parks, one you'll be able to see from the car park (this one is more for older children - Cooper wouldn't be tall enough to use most of the things in that one). But, if you walk into the Gnoll itself, there's a lovely park that's perfect for 1-5 year olds. What I love about this park is how inclusive it is as there is a new part to the park build for children with both sensory a physical needs. It really is lovely.

  • As well as the play parks, there's plenty of relatively flat and paved paths to go for a nice walk with a pram or a wheelchair or to take a bike, scooter or roller skates.

  • There's a large lake that you can walk around and feed the ducks (you can buy bags of duck food for 60p at the shop.)

  • There's a shop/cafe by the park and they seem to be doing some renovations there at the moment to include some better outdoor seating (with a canopy) for not so sunny days!

  • If you follow your nose around the park you'll come to some old ruins. Coops enjoys a little explore here and I like to take him as I performed a musical here with my school many moons ago, so this place hold a LOT of fond memories for me.

  • There are public toilets by the shop/cafe and plenty of parking here too. Parking is £2.60 for 4 hours or £3.60 for all day. I'm guessing this money goes to the up keep of this park as it's immaculate there.

  • They also do themed days here, dinosaur days or character appearances so it's worth following their FB page to see what's on during the year. (Lots of these have been postponed at the moment of course due to COVID).


Have a flick through the pictures below to see more of what the park has to offer.

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