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Llanelli

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Llanelli is a town in Carmarthenshire.

Understand

With a population of around 45,000, Llanelli is the largest town in the county of Carmarthenshire and is on the Burry Estuary, 13 km west of the city of Swansea. Amongst other things, it is famous for its proud rugby and brewing traditions.

Llanelli is an industrial town offering two large shopping complexes: Parc Trostre - an the out-of-town shopping centre and St.Elli - located in the town centre.

Although the town itself has a dearth of tourist attractions, its location in south Carmarthenshire makes it a possible base for visiting surrounding scenic spots such as the Millennium Coastal Path and Pembrey Country Park.

Get in

By plane

Pembrey Airport is 7km from the town - private flights only

By car

The town is linked to the M4 motorway via the A4138.

By bus

Llanelli is served by regular local bus services between Swansea and Carmarthen and National Express Coaches between many major UK destinations.

By train

Llanelli railway station is located at Great Western Crescent south of the Town Centre. The station is connected to Fishguard and Swansea along the West Wales Line. The station is also on the Heart of Wales Line, which links the town to Mid Wales and Shrewsbury.

By bicycle

Llanelli is connected to the National Cycle Network from the north on NCR 43, and along the coast from the east and west on NCR 4. These routes are directly connected to the town centre via a cycle path.

Get around

Walking is the best way to get around Llanelli as it is not a large city like Swansea.

See

  • WWT National Wetlands Centre - a wetland nature reserve managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. It is located about 1km from the town
  • Llanelly House - an early 18th century Georgian town house built in 1714 - currently under renovation
  • Park Howard Museum - located in the grounds of Park Howard. The museum houses a collection of Llanelli Pottery, various piecs of art and material related to the history of the town.

Stradey Park- Home to Llanelli Scarlets, a professional rugby union team in the Magners League, that have a very strong rugby history. The Scarlets have moved to their new ground Parc y Scarlets near Pemberton, yet Stradey park is very much the home of the Scarlets, even if they don't play there anymore.

  • Pembrey Country park, Pembrey, Llanelli, [1]. Has forest trails,a beach that stretches for miles,horse riding stables.


Buy

The town centre offers a wide range of stores with many of the national chains represented, such as WH Smith, Boots, Woolworths, Marks and Spencer, Burtons etc.

There is also an out-of-town retail park called Parc Trostre, which has a BHS, HMV, JJB, Next, Boots, New look, Comet, Currys, Brantanos, Halfords, Carpet Right, Outfit, TK Maxx, Debenhams, Carphone Warehouse, First Choice Hypermarket, B&Q (one of the largest in Wales), Pets at home, Dreams and Tesco Extra, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, Subway, KFC, and McDonalds. The latest shop to open here is Marks and Spencer with the town centre store to close down in early January 2008. Shops to come are a Monsoon & Accessorize and WHSmith with the town centre store to also close in 2008. This retail park is currently being expanded.

Another out-of-town retail park is currently being built right next to Parc Trostre which is Parc Pemberton part of the new Llanelli Scarlets Stadium development. A Morrisons is already open there which started trading late 2007. Stores that are reportedly going there are a Homebase or Focus, Bensons Beds and an Argos Extra store.

Eat

About 1 mile from Llanelli, in the village of Furnace, can be found The Farriers pub. This serves wonderful meals in the evening & lunchtimes, with the chef having been a recent participant in a Welsh language cookery programme.

Samphires Restaurant at Stradey Park Hotel offers diners reasonably priced fine dining. The restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients wherever possible and menus change seasonally to ensure you get the freshest meals. Panoramic views over the Gower Peninsula and Carmarthen Bay as well as atmospheric mood lighting make this is a must if you are visiting the area.

Drink

The famous Felinfoel brewery is in the village of Felinfoel 1 mile N of the town. Try the Double Dragon draught. There are numerous pubs in Llanelli. The main clubs/bars for the younger generations are Tom Peppers, and Le Caprice, and there are tens of other pubs that would be frequented by the local crowd, especially on a Friday and Saturday night.

Sleep

  • Trepartridge Cottage, Trimsaran Road, 01554 810424, [2]. checkin: sat 3PM; checkout: sat 10AM. Self catering cottage sleeps 6 quiet location yet within short distance to llanelli, new Ffos Las racecourse, Pembrey country park. Short breaks, dogs welcome, ample parking £150 -£650pw.

Budget

  • Hotel Miramar, 156/158 Station Road. Tel:+44 1554 754-726 Fax:+44 1554 772-454

Mid range

  • Stradey Park Hotel, Furnace, Llanelli

Stradey Park Hotel is an independently owned four star hotel in the heart of Llanelli with views over the Gower Peninsula and Carmarthen Bay. Ideally located for walks along the Wales Coastal Path, a path spanning the entire coastline of Wales, it makes for a beautiful walk, cycle or just a nice visit to the stunning beach. Attractions nearby include the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, National Wetlands Centre, various castles and walks, Machynys Golf Club and Spa, Aberglasney Gardens, Ffos Las Racecourse, Gwili Railway, Millennium Coastal Park and Pembrey Motor Sports Centre. Tel:+44 01554 758-171, E-mail:reservations@stradeyparkhotel.com, [3].

Get out

See the Swansea Bay article for highlights of the surrounding area

  • The Millennium Coastal Path - a path that runs along the 21km of coastline from Loughor to Pembrey. It offers panoramic views of the Gower Peninsula and traffic-free cycling opportunities.
  • Pembrey Country Park - a 2 km² (500 acres) of parkland situated on the outskirts of the town; it includes the 13km long Cefn Sidan beach.
  • Kidwelly Castle, Kidwelly. (approx. 10 miles west of Llanelli)
  • Burry Port Marina (approx. 5 miles west of Llanelli)
  • National Botanic Garden of Wales (approx. 10 miles north of Llanelli)
  • Swansea and the Gower Peninsula - a thirty minute drive.



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