Pontypridd Court – a visitor’s guide

Pontypridd in the Welsh ValleysPontypridd – in the depths of the Welsh Valleys

Pontypridd (or `Ponty’ as it’s known by the locals) gets it’s name from the many bridges crossing the River Taff that bisects the town – coming from the Welsh `Pont-y-tŷ-pridd’ meaning `bridge by the earthen house’. The Old Bridge – built in the mid 18th Century is still there next to a modern counterpart. It’s roughly halfway between Cardiff and Methyr Tydfil and lies near the main road (the A470) linking them.

Being in the heart of the Welsh Valleys the town has a long and involved history with the coal mining industry with many collieries being located in the town in the past.

Prior to this, like many part of this region it was a largely rural area and only grew as a result of the Industrial Revolution’s demand for coal and iron – the latter passing through the location of the town by canal and rail.

Today, the town is a busy place with a wide selection of shops and a nice indoor market with some great food too – we recommend Lewi’s Thai Cafe.

Pontypridd Family Court Guide

Pontypridd Indoor MarketThe court is close to the Pontypridd Train Station if you’re coming by rail – it’s an easy journey from Cardiff. If you’re driving we recommend the Pay and Display Sardis Road carpark however . Don’t use a satnav to get to the court – you’ll get to the court but will find yourself driving in a large loop to get to somewhere to park. The car park postcode is CF37 1LE. It’s our first choice when we visit the court to assist people.

Facilities are sparse. There are a few small consultation rooms and the court is often quiet. There is a machine that dispenses cans of soft drink, crisps, chocolates, etc. however. It is however a short walk to the shops in the area.

As always – do your research beforehand. Arrive early before the hearing time and make sure you are relaxed, calm and prepared.

The lychgate of St Woolos' Cathedral, Newport

Newport Court – a visitor’s guide!

Sunrise over the Usk, the river bisecting Newport.Newport – so good they named it twice!

Newport, or to give it it’s Welsh name, Casnewydd is easy to get to via water (the Romans did this, using the River Usk to get to the fortress at Caerleon) and more recently along the M4 – a 30 minute drive from Cardiff and 170 from London on a clear run.

 

It’s a historic place too. As well as the Caerleon thing (its worth a visit – complete with a gladiatorial arena) which is the alleged site of Camelot according to Geoffrey of Monmouth it’s the site of the `Newport Uprising’ in 1839 – the last large rebellion in the Chartist Riots demanding the right to vote. The museum houses some impressive artefacts too.

It’s also the home of St Woolos’ Cathedral named after a local saint, Gwynllyw.

On the cultural front it’s the home of Goldie Lookin’ Chain, a band that has been known to extol the virtues of the city – including the nightlife, the shopping facilities and the impressive parking at the neighbouring town of Cwmbran

Newport Family Court guide

The lychgate of St Woolos' Cathedral, NewportLocated in Clarence House, opposite the remains of Newport Castle and next to the Newport Bridge (that Harry Houdini jumped off in an escape attempt in 1913 no less leading him to be arrested by some of Newport’s finest) the Newport Family Court is one of the more modern ones. Should you be visiting it there is a shop that sells food and drink – a contrast to those that have at most a machine that dispense brown water that is allegedly coffee. CAFCASS offices are located in the same building handily enough.

For parking we’d recommend you use the Clarence House car park (postcode NP19 7AB) although it’s a quick walk from the train or bus train station if you’re using public transport. If you are parking take plenty of change or make sure you have the Just Park app to use because it’s a pay and display deal.

Hope this helps – do your research before you go to a court hearing. The last thing you want to do is worry about parking just as your hearing is scheduled to start…