Nantgarw is a village in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf located close to the A470, within easy reach of Pontypridd (5.5 miles) and Cardiff City centre (7.5 miles).
Traditionally Nantgarw is known for its porcelain produced 1813-1814, and later between 1817-1820 at the Nantgarw Pottery, commemorated at the Nantgarw Chinaworks Museum, as well as the Nantgarw tradition of folk dancing. These days Natgarw is home to a plethora of businesses and headquarters, including Cadw and GE Aviation, plus a Coleg y Cymoedd college campus. Local entertainment includes a cinema, indoor 10-pin bowling and a number of popular restaurants.
Taff's Well (Welsh: Ffynnon Taf) is a semi-rural village, community and electoral ward located 6 miles North of Cardiff, situated just off Junction 32 of the M4 Motorway. Though administratively represented by Rhondda Cynon Taff Council, Taff's Well is often used as a commuter town for the City of Cardiff.
The village is overlooked by Garth Mountain, the inspiration for the fictional "Ffynnon Garw" featured in the book and film The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain. Taff's Well also contains the only thermal spring in Wales, which is thought to rise along a fault-line from the Carboniferous Limestone in a similar manner to the warm springs at Bristol and Bath, and is often regarded as a spiritual site.