Carmarthenshire truly has one of the most diverse landscapes in Wales. Follow the scenic route of rivers and visit historic castles, travel through lush green, rolling countryside which encompasses mountains, ancient forests and golden sandy beaches. A haven for artists and craftspeople; there are studios and workshops dotted all over the county.
Carmarthen is a land full of medieval myth and legend, where Merlin the Magician cast his magic. Visit the market and county town of Carmarthen and the golden sands of Pendine.
The renowned village of Laugharne, famous for Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, boasts several pubs/restaurants and interesting shops along with a medieval castle sited on the bank of the Taf river estuary.
The estuary and coastal walks are rich in flora and fauna. In the 16th & 17th Century, wealthy ship owners and merchants settled here and through the years. It was a favourite place for sea captains to retire - hence the many fine buildings.
The wildlife, waterfalls and views of the Brechfa forest make it a haven for lovers of the countryside, with its extensive footpaths and famous mountain bike trails cutting through this ancient woodland.
Carmarthen town, the oldest town in Wales, offers a magical mix of traditional and modern architecture, shopping experiences and artwork, make it a very charming place, full of character. The contemporary shops nestle contentedly around the array of independent shops and stands. Wander up and down the slender cobbled streets and take in all of the sights, sounds and smells, you never know what treasures you will find.
18,000 acres of ancient woodlands, the longest beach in Wales and Pembrey Country Park are just a few more reasons to fall in love with this beautiful area.
Brechfa forest is renowned for its heart-pumping mountain biking routes, magical walks and gorgeous horse riding tracks. A sure hit with all members of your family.
The Famous 7 mile long Cefn Sidan, which looks southwards over Carmarthen Bay, is Wales’ largest beach. The perfect location for walking, sunbathing and fishing, look out for the high tide marks along the sand for a variety of washed up jellyfish species- the majority are non-stinging types.
Adjacent to this stunning beach, is Pembrey Country Park, a unique blend of coast and countryside. This place really does cover all bases, from miniature steam trains to crazy golf, horse trekking to riding the longest toboggan run in Wales and a 130m dry ski slope to outdoor laser tag to name just a small few. Amongst all of these fun activities, there’s still numerous ways to make the most of the natural beauty around you. Visit the conservation pond with bird hides, ramble along one of the eight wildlife walk routes and explore the 550 acres of idyllic woodlands.
Take a break and stop for lunch at one of the many restaurants, cafes or traditional pubs, which serve a huge choice of food to suit all tastes, including local dishes. Don’t miss out on Carmarthen Market either, which dates back to Roman times. After being smartly updated, it has become a magnet for food-lovers, offering some of the best local produce in Wales.
Aberglasney Gardens is made up of ten acres of ancient formal gardens with pools, parapets, cloisters and arches. The added appeal is the various rare and unusual plants which you can spot growing.
The shop is accessible to visitors without the need to pay admission to the garden.
Some areas are not recommended for people with disabilities.
Guide dogs only.
The castle at Carmarthen is overlooking the River Twyi, , the Roman fort must have dominated the Roman town.
The castle was converted into a prison in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the building of the Council offices has also not helped its appreciation as a military entity. However, enough remains to make a visit worthwhile.
Free Town and Castle tours which take place from Castle House during the summer months and on most Wednesdays, depending on weather conditions.
Situated near St Catherine’s Walk shopping centre, the market hall is open six days a week with an open air market each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am till 4.30pm. You will find a wide range of local produce, crafts, clothing and household goods.
Carmarthen Golf Club is located 3 miles from Carmarthen Town centre set in the stunning Carmarthenshire countryside, Carmarthen Golf Club is regarded as one of the finest golf courses in Wales, recently voted Welsh Golf Club of the Year 2011, and also one of the top 50 courses in Wales
They welcome golf societies and corporate bookings every day throughout the year. The clubhouse provides a relaxed atmosphere with views across the beautiful course.
Con Passionata is a modern stylish restaurant situated in the heart of Carmarthen's old town. The kitchen combines the best local ingredients with modern eclectic cooking styles to produce elegant dishes of the finest quality. The atmosphere is warm, informal and inviting for a relaxing dining experience.
Head to Gwili Steam Railway for an insight into the history of local and wartime industries with steam locomotives and a standard gauge preserved railway. Gwili Steam Railway is mostly run by volunteers and much assistance from the Gwili Railway Preservation Society. Go along for cream tea or one of their dining experiences. They also hold special events throughout the year including a Murder Mystery Evening and a Santa's Magical Steam Trains event at Christmas time.
Please Note: Not all aspects are disabled friendly, and dogs are welcomed but not allowed in the dining car.
Helen opened her own purpose built studio and gallery just outside Newcastle Emlyn by the banks of the River Teifi in November 2008 and has been welcoming visitors ever since. She is inspired by her local area and paints in a colourful, vivid, naive style with an instantly recognisable approach. Her work has been exhibited in France, Germany, Poland and New York but you can catch her work a little close to home.
You'll be able to see work in progress and new original paintings before they head out to other galleries and browse the fine art prints.
The Hywel Dda Centre was created by a gentleman named Peter Lord as a memorial to Hywel Dda, a man who made a pilgrimage to Rome and established a legal system which he then enforced in Wales. Peter Lord's thinking behind the centre's design was to provide a quiet place for people to explore the legal laws of Hywel Dda. The centre is divided into six smaller gardens each representing different divisions and symbols of the law.
Jabajaks four restaurants were crafted from the carriage house, stable, milking parlour and grain store of the original drovers’ farm to provide a convivial meal with friends, a truly unique romantic dining experience. The delightful Bistro, suitable for couples and small parties,The Nook is a secluded dining area for 2, The Granary, this can be used as a private room for family or business occasions as it seats up to 30 guests in comfort. The Welsh Banqueting Room, an exclusive venue for a group, yet intimate meals great for private function and celebrations, or an intimate wedding. Expect no less than classic fresh decor, solid oak floors & staircases. Every dish from the a la carte restaurant menu is made with fresh and seasonal local produce and cooked to order on the premises by the chefs. On sunny evenings, you can even sit outside on the patio overlooking the pond and vineyard and take in the stunning views of the rolling countryside and the wildlife.
Kidwelly Castle is a Norman castle overlooking the River Gwendraeth and the town of Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire
The present remains of the castle include work from about 1200 to about 1476. Created as a defence against the Welsh.
The castle is relatively well-preserved, and is managed by Cadw.
Llansteffan Castle stands high in an impressive location overlooking the Tywi river. What once was a significant 12th Century ringwork castle in charge of controlling an important river crossing, all that is left to see now is a set of stone castle ruins situated at the top of a hill which was once home to a 6th Century BC Iron Age Hill Fort. Accessible only by a public footpath and lane which may be steep and uneven in places. Stroll around the interior walls and the upper levels of the main gatehouse. There is no public access to the Iron Age earthworks.
Llwyngarreg Garden is a three and a half acre garden situated just on the border of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire. Take along the little ones to play on the swings and willows, but please do make a point of supervising them at all times as some of the ponds are quite deep. With a woodland garden, willow tunner and water springs, Llwyngarreg Garden certainly has a magical atmosphere.
Marros Riding Centre is a family owned and run establishment based in Marros, Carmarthenshire, West Wales offering horse riding for all abailities.
Marros take both individuals and families on the woodland treks. For the more experienced rider, riding along the beach is available just a short distance from the stables. Lessons are also available for all levels of experience, from complete beginners up to very experienced riders wanting to improve their skills.
Marros Riding Centre has horses suitable for beginners & experienced riders.
Also on site at Marros Riding Centre is a floodlit indoor school, an outdoor school along with a coffee shop and gift shop.
The Teifi Valley has been the centre of the Welsh woollen trade since the nineteenth century, the mill at Dre-fach Felindre on Teifiside was chosen by the National Museum of Wales to house its Museum of the Welsh Woollen Industry, where Melin Teifi still produces the finest traditional Welsh flannel using top-quality materials and local craftsmanship.
Melin Teifi concentrates upon the production of flannel, tweed, blanket, quilts, shawls, also commissions, Welsh costumes, flannel shirts, smocks etc.
The National Botanic Garden of Wales in Carmarthenshire, is one of the most popular garden attractions in the whole of Wales. Not only does this Botanic Garden work hard to help conserve some of the rarest plants in the world, but it is also host to a number of special events throughout the year such as Food Fairs, Snowdrop Days and even a Seed Swap event!
Guide Dogs only allowed.
Pendine Sands is a 7-mile long, straight beach, smoothered in the most beautiful sand and edged by a belt of dunes. From the beach there are clear views across Carmarthen Bay to Gower and Tenby. In the summer of 2000, Don Wales made history on this beach, by breaking the Uk electric land speed record in his vehicle, reaching a staggering 137mph. Please note that it is always worth checking to see if the MOD are using the area for firing practice, around the time of your proposed visit. If they are, then red flags will be raised and part of the beach will be closed to the public (although the firing itself is a good distance away).
Savoy Country Inn is a picturesque pub near to St Clears, surrounded by trees with an outside eating area/beer garden and an array of hanging baskets. Popular with families and children, they even offer activity packs to keep those little ones content. An SA Brains pub, they offer a range of pub classics as well as burgers, pizzas, hot dogs, grills and sharer dishes. They also serve a range of breakfast dishes up until midday.
The Plash Inn is situated in Llanfallteg, just ten minutes away from Whitland. A cosy country pub, The Plash Inn is complete with an open log fire perfect for those chilly evenings, and a beer garden for those beautiful summers days. They offer pub classics, handmade pizzas and cawl, as well as a whole range of Free From dishes made from Gluten Free ingredients.
The Springwell Inn is situated alongside the beautiful sandy beach at Pendine Sands, and offers a range of pub classics as well as often seafood specials. They are able to cater for dietary requirements as well as large parties and private functions. Head along on a Sunday to sample their carvery with a selection of roasts and fresh vegetables. They have a wide range of ales and beers.
The White Lion Inn is a welcoming pub with a warm and friendly atmosphere, and hints of original features such as oak beams and a real open fire. Their Sunday lunch is extremely popular and so booking in advance is advisable. They have a darts board and a pool table, and they also host an array of special events throughout the year.
The West Wales Museum of Childhood offers a real insight into childhood and toys of the past. With teddy bears, dolls houses, Dinky toys, railway miniatures and various film/television related toys - there is plenty to see! Make an afternoon of it and pop into their tea rooms before or after your visit!