Llansteffan is a little village based on the outskirts of Carmarthen. The village has a castle which was built by the Normans in the 12th century, and watches over the village and the estuary passage. There is a pub and shop in the village and lovely Estuary views throughout the village.
Llansteffan has been described as Wales’ best kept secret and once you’ve experienced the magical sunset over the castle above the River Towy, it’s easy to understand why. The past generations of miners might have disappeared but the magic of Llansteffan remains, as its community is more vibrant than ever. Llansteffan, is a hub for sociable events!
Llansteffan was once a fashionable holiday destination for Edwardian and Victorian folk. Coming from the towns, they spent many a weekend or holiday venturing down the slope from the castle and onto the secluded sandy beach of Scott’s Bay, before stepping into the water for a knee high cool down. This area truly feels like it’s been unchanged through history.
Whether visiting Llansteffan for a day, a weekend or longer, why don’t you discover your own adventures here. It might be quiet walks taking in the breath-taking beauty of the area, a picnic fit for the queen on the sparkling sands beneath the castle, or perhaps just a chance to lie back, close your eyes and listen, whether that be too the birds, the water or sometimes the beauty of peace and quiet.
Llansteffan (sometimes spelt Llanstephan) is a long sandy beach against the River Towy, situated just across the water from Ferryside. Car Parking is currently free, but there are talks of implementing parking charges. Dogs are welcome onto the beach during the winter months providing they are kept on leads, however restrictions are then put in place from 1st May to the 30th September forbidding dogs on this beach. Technically, this is a tidal estuary rather than a beach, and so it is recommended to supervise children bathing at all times due to the strong currents in the water.
The Castle Inn, Llansteffan is a welcoming and friendly pub less than a ten minute walk away from Llansteffan Beach. This pub welcomes families to its lounge area, whilst there is a relaxing bar suitable for adults only. They offer traditional pub meals and a range of drinks including local beers, guest ales and spirits. Spend an hour or two soaking up the sunshine in their beer garden!