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Burry Port (Welsh: Porth Tywyn) is a town in Carmarthenshire in South Wales, 5 miles to the west of Llanelli.

It is a harbour town and is famous for being the landing site of Amelia Earheart in her successful attempt at being the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean.


Historically, Burry Port was founded upon its ability to ship coal from the Gwendraeth mines out by sea. As the coal mines shut, the harbour was renovated and is now a marina for small leisure craft. The focal point of the harbour is the lighthouse, which was built in 1842 and is different from any other British lighthouse.

Get in[edit]

Regular trains and buses in both directions from Llanelli and Carmarthen.

There is a small airport located in nearby Pembrey.

Get around[edit]

By bike, or by foot

See[edit][add listing]

  • The harbour
  • Burry Port Lighthouse
  • The beach - Bay bach (Little Bay) - a small beach off the beaten path

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Pembrey Circuit - a racing circuit that is deemed to be the home of Welsh motorsport. Has held the British Touring Car Championship twice and has been popular with F1 testing. Sometimes has monster truck rallies and other events.

  • Cycle along the Millennium Coastal Path ,a car free cycle path running from Llanelli to Kidwelly
  • Fish, either off the many great places on the coast or off a boat
  • Get Drunk - the favourite pasttime of the locals, there are many pubs and restaurants locally
  • Walking - The local area is fantastic for walking and is suitable for those that enjoy a quick stroll through to those looking for a more energetic ramble. The leisure park is runs along side a purpose built cycle / foot path that runs from Loughor Bridge right through to Kidwelly. The path is traffic free and is generally flat. The nearby Country Park at Pembrey has many miles of forest pathways which make for a great hike.
  • Boat Trips - Fishing & pleasure boat trips are available from Burry Port harbour.
  • Land Yachting - The flat expanse of seven miles of sand make an ideal venue for land yachting and associated sports such as parakarts, land boarding and speed sailors. For safety and insurance purposes the use of the beach is restricted to members of the Carmarthenshire Land Sailing Club , but membership fees are very reasonable.
  • Jet Skiing - Jet Skiing is a popular activity in the summer months in the Burry Inlet throughout the summer months. The slipways at Burry Port harbour provide easy access to the water and the waves breaking off the sandbanks provide a great opportunity for high speed thrills. Contact Phill at Shoreline reception for more information on local Jet Skiing.
  • Golf - The championship standard Ashburnham Golf Course is located in the west of Burry Port
  • Burry Port Carnival - Once a year Burry Port Carnvial is held. It features many different fair rides and activities for the kids and younger ones, and has live music and beer tents for the adults.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Laurians Fish Bar - an award winning fish bar, that is regularly voted as one of the top 100 chip shops in the UK. Try the battered rissoles- a South Welsh specialty.
  • Ashburnham Hotel - if you don't mind splurging a little bit, then this would be a great restaurant for you

Drink[edit][add listing]

You will never go thirsty in Burry Port as there is a pub on virtually every corner.

  • Caulfields is probably the best pub in town, it has value-for-money food, lively atmosphere most days, good craic, and friendly bar staff.
  • The Hope and Anchor - nice meals and is lively on the weekends particularly. Very popular with the darts crowd, and sometimes has live music at weekends.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • The Coasting Pilot Inn, Bridge Street, Burry Port, Carmarthenshire SA16 0NR. Tel: 01554 833520
  • The Ashburnham Hotel, Ashburnham Road, Pembrey, Tel: 01554 834455 or 01554 834343
  • Shoreline Caravan Park - [1] - A caravan park, with plenty of amenities located right on the coast.


Get out[edit]

  • Machynys Peninsula Golf & Country Club. A picturesque course with stunning views over Carmarthen Bay and the Gower Peninsula and including 25 acres of salt and fresh water lakes. 18 holes, 7051 yds, Par 72, Standard scratch score 75. Visitors Mon-Sun & Bank Holidays. Booking required. Handicap certificate. Dress code.
  • Ffos Las Race Course[2]. A brand new horse racing course that opened in 2009.
  • The Gower. The beautiful Gower Peninsula is the United Kingdom's first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Located in Swansea, the peninsular is famous for its stunning coastal scenery, wide sandy beaches and medieval castles. Llangennith, in particular, is very popular with surfers and is considered to be one of the best surf areas in the UK. A 40-50 minute drive from Burry Port.

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