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Living in Crumlin: The Local Area Guide

Crumlin (or Cymlyn in Welsh) is a town in south Wales, part of the electoral ward in Caerphilly county borough, and is around 5 miles away from Pontypool. The town used to be home to the Crumlin Viaduct, which originally opened in 1857, and was the highest railway bridge of its type in Great Britain until it was disbanded in 1967 because of its poor state. The film Arabesque featured a few scenes of the viaduct, which were shot during its demolition.

Caerphilly Castle is located 12.3 miles to the south and is an awe-inspiring medieval construction from the 13th century, and is the 2nd largest castle in Great Britain. It is famed for its huge gatehouses and featured in the BBC TV series Merlin.

The Crymlyn Bog is a 1 hour drive away from the town centre, and is a nature reserve with the largest area of lowland fen in Wales. The plant life here consists of swamps, water meadows and willow, while there are a plethora of birds such as buzzards, grey herons and hen harriers. There is a visitor centre which often attracts nature lovers and birdwatchers.


According to the 2011 census, the population of Crumlin stands at around 5,947. In the county borough of Caerphilly, there are 178,806 inhabitants, with 20% of the population falling into the 45-59 age bracket. In terms of ethnicity, 98.4% of people living here are white, followed by 0.6% at mixed, 0.5% at Asian British, 0.3% Chinese and 0.1% Black British.

Administrative & secretarial and skilled trades make up the most common of occupation groups at 12.8%, followed by professional and elementary occupations at 12.7%, process, plant & machine operatives and associate professional & technical at 10.8% and sales & customer service at 9.2%. The industry with the highest employment percentage in Caerphilly is manufacturing at 16.2%, with wholesale & retail trade; repair of motor vehicles, not too far behind with 15.1%.


There are a range of different schools in and outside of Crumlin for students of all ages. Pantside Primary School, Crumlin High Level Primary, Sofrydd Primary School and Tynewydd Primary School are all local to the area and are great choices for primary education. Oakdale Comprehensive School, Cwmbran High School and St Alban's RC High School are notable secondary schools in the area. The closest university to Crumlin is the University of South Wales, which is just over 20 miles away to the south.


There are a number of buses that can be taken within Crumlin, such as the number 5 that goes from Blackwood to Pantside, the number 11 that goes from Newbridge to Ystrad Mynach and the number 52 that goes from Blackwood to Abertillery. As Crumlin doesn't have a railway station anymore, the closest station can be found just under a mile away in Newbridge, where you can take a train to Cardiff in just over half an hour. Cardiff Airport is the closest airport to Crumlin, and is a very straightforward journey.

Amenities and shopping

Blackwood shopping centre is just 4.6 miles away from Crumlin town centre, a mere 10 minute drive. Here, you will be able to find a range of different retailers such as Boots, Iceland and Store 21.

The Patriot is a vibrant pub on Main Street, which usually has live bands playing every weekend and serves up some really cheap beer. Wexa Sports is more for the sports enthusiasts, and has a few pool tables available. The Rock Inn is a hotel that doubles up as a pub/restaurant, and has a curry menu as well as vegetarian dishes.

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