Carmarthenshire, on the South West mainland of Wales, is the third largest Welsh County, incorporating Carmarthen, Llanelli and Ammanford, Burry Port and Llandovery, amongst many others. To its East are Powys and the Black Mountains. To its South, the Severn Estuary and Atlantic Ocean. To the West is Pembrokeshire and to the North lie the Cambrian Mountains.
What’s Carmarthenshire like?
This fertile agricultural area, is largely mountainous and full of rivers (with great fishing on the Tywi). Green and pleasant, there are tales that the wizard Merlin was born in Carmarthenshire!
Castles, museums and historical buildings
This area is full of wonderful structures – try the castles at Kidwelly (the remains of a Norman castle overlooking the River Gwendraith), Talley Abbey, Carrag Cennen (ruins in the village of Trap), Dinefwr Castle (a ruin near Llendeilo with battlements, extensive views and parkland situation alongside the formal Newton House) and Llansteffan’s ruins overlooking Carmarthen Bay).
Laugharne not only sports a ruined castle with roots back to 1116, but also the historic boathouse home of Dylan Thomas. Also, for fans of ruined monasteries, the twelfth century Talley Abbey is fascinating as are the National Wool Museum, the Dolaucothi Gold Mines and the Tin Shed Experience (a 1940s museum in a tin shed)!
Try the country park at Golden Grove (known as Geli Aur) with its deerpark and arboretum. Or try riding on the Pendine Sands or other luscious beach and coastal areas, specially around Carmarthen Bay and the other smaller bays.
The National Botanic Garden of Wales is in Llanarthne, and is home to gardens, lakes, walks, displays of rare Welsh plants, an apothecary garden, sculpture garden, glasshouses and much more.
Visitors interested in train journeys might like to try the Gwili Steam railway, a restored standard gauge railway offering dining, special events (like murder mystery evenings) and even the opportunity to drive the engine. The journey from Bronwydd Arms Station adjacent to the river Gwili, takes an hour (for a round trip), but also allows travellers to jump on and off to view places en route.
You could even take a trip to the Ffos Las Racecourse at Kidwelly. Dyfed, or one of Carmarthenshire’s many country parks including Pembrey and the Llyn Llech Owain Country Park at Llanelli, or one of the many fisheries, wetland areas or gardens (try Norwood Gardens or Aberglasney).
And if you’re into having your photo taken alongside charming roadside signs, you could do worse than to visit the small hamlet in the Tywi Valley called Bethlehem.
How to get to Carmarthenshire
Just 18 miles from the Western point of the M4 motorway which traverses the South coast of Wales, Carmarthen is easily accessible, as are most of the larger towns in Carmarthenshire. There are railway services dotted around the county and the nearest airport is in Swansea.
Where to stay
Our wonderful accommodation in Carmarthenshire predominantly takes the form of holiday cottages but we do also offer guest houses, holiday flats, hotels and pubs within this glorious part of Wales. Search our lists for pet-friendly, waterside, romantic, luxurious or whatever kind of accommodation you’re looking for. We’re sure we won’t disappoint.