Sultan the Pit Pony Art Installation in Caerphilly
Sultan the Pit Pony Art Installation in Caerphilly

Sultan the Pit Pony Art Installation in Caerphilly

Parc Penallta in Caerphilly is home to Sultan the Pit Pony, a 200-metre long/15-metre high sculpture of a joyous pony leaping through the hills! It was designed by Welsh artist Mick Petts, partly to act as a wind barrier to buffer the strong winds from affecting the park. They used 60,000 tons of coal shale, dirt and stone to build this local legend. Impressively, Sultan is one of the largest figurative Earth sculptures in the UK. He’s named after a real horse – a beloved pit pony called Sultan from the local Penallta Colliery. That’s the aim of this sculpture, to honour the mine’s equine workers who lived and worked tirelessly underground in the coal pits. There are viewpoints nearby if you wish to see Sultan from a higher perspective.

Where can I find Sultan the Pit Pony?

Parc Penallta is in western outskirts of Ystrad Mynach. Follow the signs at the Tredomen roundabout on the A472. The main entrance and car park are located midway between Ystrad Mynach and Gelligaer on Penalltau Road. It’s about a 10-minute walk from the centre of Ystrad Mynach.
  • Entry: Free
  • Parc Penallta is open from 7am-7pm

Things to do near Wales

Poppelwood Play Centre in Cardiff

Come and experience the magic and wonder of the Poppelwood Play Centre in Cardiff! They’re offering a fully immersive, totally interactive woodland realm for children ages 8 and under! Uncover the mystical story of Poppelwood in a fun and engaging fairy forest ...

Heart-Racing Mountain Biking at Cwmcarn

Mountain Bikers! Looking for some excellent downhill riding that’s just ten minutes from the M4? Then stop what you’re doing and keep reading. Cwmcarn is perfect for more experienced riders, with four mega routes that’ll definitely require some skill and knowledge on ...

Mountain View Ranch in Cardiff

Join the thrill of exploring the wild in the amazing adventure. You will explore and discover the great outdoors in the amazing walks. The Ranch has so many amazing locations, so you are guaranteed to have an exiting time. Children will be ...

The Welsh Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park

If you want an exciting day out, then head to Black Gold Underground for a close-up experience of the coal mines of Rhondda Valleys. During your visit you will be led by the experienced guides who have actually worked in the coal ...

Mountain Biking in South Wales

Looking for an MTB experience in the heart of the South Wales Valleys? Want the true alpine experience where you’ll feel like you’re at a bike daft ski resort? BikePark Wales is the UK’s premier mountain bike park and is quite possibly the ...

Castell Coch in Tongwynlais

Come and see the fairytale castle of your dreams! Tucked away between the historical beach trees of Forest Fawr is Castell Coch or the ‘Red Castle’. It was built by architect William Burges for the third Marquess of Bute over 700 years ...

RampWorld in Cardiff

Perfect for practising your skills, a fun way to kill a couple of hours and even birthday parties – it’s RampWorld Cardiff! RampWorld Cardiff offers customers the chance to flex (and improve) their biking skills! The park itself has a hugely varied ...

Paintballing in Cardiff

Shoot your friends with a paintball gun and watch them dye! At Delta Force paintball in Wales, set in the stunning woodland, players have a spectacular background to the game they are about to do! Don’t miss your shot and come now! ...

The Royal Mint in Wales

The Royal Mint is a British service that makes designed products and is the world’s leading export mint. Making original coin collections and amazing gifts for celebrating special moments. Head to The Royal Mint and view the history of coins which tells ...

Cyfarthfa Castle & Park

This attraction in a historical, charming town of Merthyr Tydfil not far from Cardiff offers a fun day out indoors or out, with a fascinating museum, gallery and more located in a beautiful 160-acre parkland space on the edge of the Brecon ...

Brecon Mountain Railway

Hop aboard this unmissable journey through one of the most stunning parts of Wales in the Brecon Beacons railway! Sit back, relax and enjoy the dramatic scenery of the South Wales landscape as you meander through the valleys of the Brecon to ...

Welsh Games near Cardiff

In Wales, there already is a dragon so you can’t let the days drag on without heading down to the Welsh Games! This is the perfect activity for a weekend away with friends near Cardiff. They suggest this for either Stag or ...