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Carmarthen (Welsh: Caerfyrddin) [1] is the county town of Carmarthenshire in South Wales, UK.


Although the town lacks an abundance of tourist attractions, if your journey takes you past then consider taking a break here. There are some pleasant cafes, and the old town center and its famous market are definitely worth a look. A twelfth century history book names the town as the birth place of the wizard of Arthurian legend, Merlin. Consequently, there are a few 'Merlin' themed events and establishments in the town.

Get in[edit]

By road[edit]

From East: M4 to end, A48 the rest of the way. Parking is not exactly easy, though the parking lot behind the market is the most convenient for the shopping center.

By train[edit]

There are many direct trains from London, Paddington though generally you will need to change at Swansea. Travel times from London are approximatley 5 hours.

Get around[edit]

The town center is small enough to easily get around on foot or bicycle.


  • Carmarthen Market. The area around Carmarthen has been a magnet for the counter-culture since the 60s, and as a result, the town's market peddles an interesting mixture of traditional market goods and hippie handcrafts. The market it open six days a week, though Wednesday and Saturday are market days and the best days to visit.
  • Carmarthen Castle [2]. The ruins of the castle are located in the town center.
  • Carmarthen County Museum, Abergwili (1.5 miles east of the town on the A40) [3]. Tel: +44 1267 228-696. A small museum displaying a wide range of artifacts representing the county's heritage. Open: Mon – Sat 10AM – 4.30PM


  • If you are coming in from Cardiff, Swansea or the Tenby area, Carmarthen will be the first place that you have the chance to often hear Welsh spoken on the street.


  • Handcrafts at the market.
  • The famous "Carmarthen Ham" at the Albert Rees butchers stall in the market.


  • Caban Y Dderwen, 11 Mansel Street (five minute walk from the market). Tel:+44 1267 238-989 - cafe type meals - good prices and freshly made.


  • Caban Y Dderwen, 11 Mansel Street (five minute walk from the market). Tel:+44 1267 238-989 - good coffee and mouth-watering cakes.


There are some good B&Bs in a rural setting near Carmarthen.


  • Woodland Rise (Woodland Rise Camping and Caravanning), Fferm Fach, Blaen-y-coed, +44 1267 281 452, [4]. A family run camp site in the quiet village of Blaen-y-coed. Pets welcome. from £10. (51.9158° N,4.4028° W) edit

Get out[edit]

  • Kidwelly Castle in Kidwelly is about 8 miles from Carmarthen along the A484. [5]
  • Middleton, the National Botanic Garden of Wales [6].
  • The sea-side town of Laugharne was the home of Swansea born and world famous writer Dylan Thomas, and the boat-house where many of his verses were composed is a main attraction. Laugharne is 8 miles from Carmarthen.
  • Swansea and the Gower Coast [7] - Wales' city by the sea is 22 miles from Carmarthen. Follow A48, M4, exit 'Swansea West'. See also Swansea Bay City Region for more on the surrounding area.
  • The quaint market town of Llandovery.
  • The spectacular Carreg Cennen Castle [8].

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