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Carmarthenshire [17] is a county in south west Wales. It is bounded to the North West by Ceredigion, the West by Pembrokeshire, the South East by Swansea, the East by Neath Port Talbot and to the North East by Powys

Towns and villages[edit]

Carmarthenshire falls within the Swansea Bay City Region.

Map of Carmarthenshire



Other destinations[edit]

  • The pictureque river-side village of Trapp - a few miles from Llandeilo, near Carreg Cennen Castle.


Carmarthenshire is a largely rural county and has rich farmland and a large agricultural industry. It has some of the most fertile land in Wales and is known as the Garden of Wales. Carmarthenshire is an ancient county and historically the largest traditional county of Wales, which modern Carmarthenshire shares roughly the same boundaries.

The Prince of Wales's Welsh home is located near the village of Myddfai in Carmarthenshire.

Tourist Information[edit]

Get in[edit]

By Car[edit]

  • The M4 Motorway connects Carmarthenshire with Swansea and destinations to the East, eventually reaching London. The M4 terminates at the Pont Abraham Roundabout, approximately 15 miles south east of Carmarthen and serves Llanelli.
  • The A48 conntects Carmarthen to the M4 at Pont Abraham. The A48 then continues along a route similar to the M4 heading eastwards.
  • The A483 connects towns in eastern Carmarthenshire to places in mid and north Wales and Chester.
  • The A40 is a major east-west route beginning from London and ending at Fishguard which passes through Carmarthen. East of Carmarthen, the A40 skirts the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons and passes the town of Brecon.

By Train[edit]

Arriva Trains Wales run the vast majority of Services in the area, with First Great Western running a small number of through trains to London.

Train services from Shrewsbury, via central wales on the scenic Heart of Wales Line call at Ammanford and Llanelli.

The only east-west line through Carmarthenshire is the West Wales line on which direct Arriva Trains Wales services from Manchester, Newport, Cardiff and Swansea call at Llanelli and Carmarthen as well as many other smaller stations. First Great Western trains from London only run directly to Llanelli and Carmarthen during the summer months. At other times, a change at Swansea or Newport is required.

By Bus[edit]

National Express operate coach services to Carmarthen from Blackpool, Birmingham and London (Victoria). The TrawsCambria service from Cardiff Bay to Aberystwyth calls at Carmarthen. To Llanelli, National Express operate regular coach services from London (Victoria).

By air[edit]

Pembrey Airport in the south of Carmarthenshire handles private light aircraft. Charter company South Western Airlines operate out of Pembrey Airport.

By Boat[edit]

The ferry ports at Pembroke Dock and Fishguart are approximately an hour away from Carmarthenshire, offering ferry services between south Wales and Ireland.

Get around[edit]

The best way to travel around Carmarthenshire is by private car.

See[edit][add listing]


  • Carreg Cennen Castle [18] - an imposing castle located north of Swansea, a few miles from Llandeilo off the A483. Cafe and gift shop. There is an admission fee payable at the cafe/gift shop.


  • Cefn Sidan beach
  • Gwendraeth estuary
  • Pendine Sands

Parks and Gardens[edit]

  • Aberglasney
  • Black Mountain, the range of mountains on the far western part of the Brecon Beacons National Park falls within Carmarthenshire. This part of the Brecon Beacons is far less visited than the central and western parts but is no less spectacular.
  • National Botanical Gardens of Wales - Middleton - Llanarthne. Tel: +44 1558 668768. - adults £7.00, children (5-15) £2.00, family (2 adults, 4 children) £16.00.


Do[edit][add listing]


  • Pembrey Airport - local leisure flights and chartered flights to UK and Europe. ☎ +44 1554 891534 [19]

Motor Racing[edit]

  • Pembrey Circuit Cefn Sidan, Carmarthenshire SA16. Several car, motorbike and truck racing events are held every year at the circuit. A driving school operates on a number of dates during the summer. See the British Automobile Racing Club site for details. BARC Pembrey 2009 Events

Outdoor Adventure[edit]

  • MorfaBay Adventure Pendine, Carmarthenshire SA334PJ. Offering a variety of outdoor adventure activities for all age ranges from Rock Climbing to Coasteering and the famous Muddy Assault Course. Open 9-5 all week. ☎ +44 1994 453588 Morfa Bay Outdoor Adventure Centre


  • Pembrey Country Park, contains a training slope and a 120m main slope. There is a visitor centre which hires out and sells skiing equipment and skiing lessons are provided. ☎ +44 1554 834443 [20]

Spectator Sports[edit]

  • Horse Racing, Ffos Las Racecourse, Culla Road, Trimsaran, KIDWELLY, SA17 4DE, ☎ +44 1544 811-092. A new National Hunt and Flat horse racing venue opened near Trimsaran on 18 June 2009. It is the first new National Hunt venue in the UK for 80 years. 8 race meetings will be held in 2009 and a programme of 28 race meetings are planned for 2010. [21]
  • Rugby Union
    • Scarlets[22], a professional side who play in the Pro 12 League, their home ground is Parc Y Scarlets in Pemberton, Llanelli.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Llanelli offers the best opportunities in Carmarthenshire.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Llanelli has the best collection of pubs and bars in Carmarthenshire.

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Black Lion Caravan Park, +44 1269 845365, [1]. features a caravan park and campsite near Cross Hands. Ideal for visiting the National Botanical Gardens of Wales and Aberglasney.  edit
  • Gateway Caravan Park, +44 1554 771202, [2]. Located on the Millennium Coast overlooking the Burry Inlet in south Carmarthenshire between Swansea and Llanelli.  edit
  • Llwynifan Farm, +44 1554 820420, [3]. caravan site located at Llangennech near Llanelli.  edit
  • Pembrey Country Park Caravan Club Site, +44 1554 834369, [4].  edit

Self catering[edit]

  • Ffos Las Holiday Lets, +44 1554 811261, [5]. Located in Trimsaran, minutes from the Ffos Las racecourse, comprising of 9 properties. They can cater for large or small groups of up to 60 people. Ample car parking. The Bird in Hand pub is also located on site, serving wines, beer, spirits, real ales and home cooked meals.  edit
  • LLygad yr Haul, LLygad yr Haul, Meinciau, Kidwelly, SA17 5LF, +44 7718 897495. Beautiful luxury spacious bungalow with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside . Ten minutes from the Ffos Las racecourse. Sleeps eight. Sky and WI-FI internet.  edit
  • Millennium Quay Self-Catering Apartment, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA15 2LQ, +44 1684 291288, [6].  edit
  • Welsh Coast and Country Cottages operate a large portfolio of self-catering holiday cottages in various scenic locations in Wales including a number of cottages in Carmarthenshire. Their portfolio range from small cottages for just 2 people to larger houses for up to 12 people. ☎ +44 1239 821910 [23]


  • Premier Inn:
    • Llanelli Central East, Llandafen Road, Llanelli, SA14 9BD, 0870 850 6392, [7].  edit
  • Travelodge:
    • Llanelli Cross Hands, Cross Hands, SA14 6RD, 0871 984 6230, [8].  edit
    • St. Clears Carmarthen, A40/A4066 Roundabout, Tenby Road, St. Clears, Carmarthen, SA33 4JN, [9].  edit

Mid range[edit]

  • Ashburnham Hotel, Ashburnham Road, Pembrey, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, South West Wales SA16 0TH, +44 1554 834343 / 834455, [10].  edit
  • Best Western Diplomat Hotel, Felinfoel Llanelli Carmarthenshire SA15 3PJ, +44 1554 756156, [11].  edit
  • The Cawdor, Rhosmaen St, Llandeilo, SA19 6EN, +44 1558 823500, [12]. Boutique hotel set in a grade II listed building  edit
  • Gwenllian Court Hotel, Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, SA17 4LW, +44 1554 890217, [13]. a country hotel in the grounds of a Victorian resort  edit
  • Hurst House on the Marsh, East Marsh, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, South West Wales SA33 4RS, +44 1994 427417, [14]. a unique Grade II listed 18 bedroom boutique hotel and spa  edit
  • Stradey Park Hotel, Furnace Llanelli Carmarthenshire SA15 4HA, +44 1267 267270, [15].  edit
  • Three Rivers Hotel & Spa, Ferryside,Carmarthen,Carmarthenshire.SA17 5TU, +44 1554 758171, [16].  edit


The area is by and large bi-lingual. Welsh and English are both widely used.

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • Brecon Beacons National Park - a short drive from Carmarthenshire will take you into this land of lakes, mountain peaks and Celtic mystery.
  • Cardiff - Wales' capital city - castle - shopping - between 1 - 1 1/2 hours by car. There timetabled train services to Cardiff from Carmarthen and Llanelli as well as other smaller village stations. Direct bus services to Cardiff are available at Carmarthen and Llanelli.
  • Pembrokeshire Coast National Park the only coastal national park in the UK, found just to the West of Carmarthenshire.
  • Swansea and Gower peninsula - Wales second largest city lies just to the south east of Carmarthenshire for shopping, leisure, nightlife and restaurants. There are frequent bus and train connections from Llanelli and Carmarthen.

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