Carmarthen Travel Guide

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Carmarthen Things to Do

  • Beautiful gardens in July

    These gardens are truly wonderful! The National Botanic Gardens of Wales were opened in 2000. They are tucked away off any major roads and our Satnav finished at a point in a country road that was clearly not the gardens but we carried on and found the entrance without any problems.There is a wealth of different things to see and explore in these...

  • The ancient Village and Mill of CENARTH

    This ancient village lacks a VT destination listing of its own so creeps in here to assert its claim for a visit. There is plenty to see and do here!The oldest part of the village is clustered around the 3-arch bridge that crosses the River Teifi. The present structure dates from 1785 but there was a bridge on this site in the C12th. The mill on...

  • Darwin, Wallace and the Mendelian...

    The UK release on 25 9/09 of Jon Amiel’s Film “Creation” which I look forward to seeing, is reviving awareness of another scientist - Monmouthshire born Alfred Russel Wallace. In a couple of previews I have seen of the film he is referred to as a largely or utterly forgotten pioneer in the field of evolution and the origin of species. But he is...

  • Carreg Cennen Castle

    Carreg Cennen castle is a fabulous castle that sits high on a craggy hill overlooking the Brecon Beacons national park and Black Mountain. A short walk from the carpark will bring you to the old farmyard and buildings that house a tea room and shop where you pay the entrance fee, then a walk up the hill you have to go up a steep slope with no path...

  • Dinefwr Castle

    After a walk around Llandeilo we went to the National trust park were Dinefwr Castle is. You can park all day for £2 and if you have the time you could spend all day here just walking around the lovely country park and exploring the castle ruins and the magnificent country house that was built to replace the castle.It is a good 30 minute walk from...

  • Dinefwr Castle

    The ancient ruin of Dinefwr Castle is managed in partnership, between the National Trust, The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, and Cadw. It has panoramic views of the Towy valley and water meadows. Since 1775 the castle, Newton house, gardens, woods and deer park have been integrated into a vast and beautiful landscape.There are footpaths...

  • Dinefwr Country Park

    Dinefwr Country park is situated just a few miles from the market town of Llandeilo. Here you'll find many waymarked footpaths taking you through the acres of glorious countryside, past the fallow deer herd and if you're lucky you'll find some of the rare white cattle which roam the park.Dinefwr Country park has some great historical buildings for...

  • Carreg Cennan Castle

    This Castle has got to be one of the most fascinating of all the Welsh Castles. It sits high up on a huge limestone crag in the Cennan Valley rewarding those who reach the top with the most fantastic views of the beautiful Camarthenshire countryside.There is a lovely visitor centre, Cafe and shop at the foot of the path leading to the Castle. A...

  • Llandeilo

    Llandeilo is a picturesque market town situated in the County of Carmarthenshire. The town is surrounded by glorious Countryside and if you're lucky while driving in this area you'll catch a glimpse of a Castle or two high up perched high up on the hills. Llandeilo town has some great historic buildings, small independant shops and some lovely...

  • Go to the Pictures in the National...

    Theatr Botanica - a "cinema in the round" was specially built to show films in 360°. You can sit down for twenty minutes or so and be immersed in a series of beautiful images and sound as you learn more about 'The Planet of Plants'. Respite from the heat on hot, summer days, a warm place to spend some time on winter days!Film times are displayed on...

  • The Bee Garden - National Botanic Garden

    In a sheltered and well protected corner of the Garden you will come across the Bee Garden. Here a couple of dozen hives are tended by specialist, trained bee keepers. Visitors are not allowed in the garden but may view the bees and their keepers from an ideal observation point - a sort of "Hide" inside a small shed . Not only do its windows look...

  • Visit the National Botanic Garden Of...

    This was the first new National Botanic Garden to be created in the 21st century anywhere in the world, and the first to be built in the United Kingdom for almost 200 years.It is dedicated to the further understanding and enrichment of our environment through the study and conservation of threatened plants. At the same time it exists to provide...

  • Get your "5 a Day" at Aberglasney.

    Gardens are and should be, first and foremost for growing the necessities of life. At Aberglasney the walled vegetable garden provides a feast and a celebration of natures harvest.

  • Scarecrows in the National Botanic...

    As well as its international work in the fields of research, conservation and development the National Botanic Garden of Wales also has a strong educational programme. Local schools have access to an allotment of land which they tend and on which they grow vegetables and flowers. They have had a hard time of it during this rainy growing season...

  • Doors and Arches at Aberglasney

    Gardens for different purposes within a Garden - a kitchen garden, the Cloister garden, the formal garden a walled garden, the woodland walk - all different levels on this hill-side site. -Keep a lookout for the connecting doors, and arches which often provide a delightful glimpse or a cameo of what lies beyond.

  • The Sunken Garden at Aberglasney

    The sunken garden is in the form of a courtyard tucked away almost on the perimeter of the main gardens. It is surrounded by the old rustic buildings of the former estate that now serve as potting sheds and storage for tools and garden equipment - as well as the two holiday cottages which can be seen in pictures Nos. 3 & 4 . Coachman's Cottage, the...

  • September 2008 Visit to Aberglasney

    After one of the wettest summers on record we were not expecting too much from our mid-September visit to the Garden. But what a lovely surprise lay in store for us!Although some plants had that end of summer look after the battering they had taken from endless weeks of heavy rain this turned out to be one of the loveliest of visits.Special mention...

  • Aberglasney - a Garden Lost in Time

    It has been said that Gardens and Gardening are the two most popular hobbies in Britain. People seem to be either working hard in their own garden, shopping at Garden Centres, or visiting other gardens.As old Manor houses were neglected and faded into obscurity so did their gardens. The four centuries old garden at Aberglasney is a good example and...


Carmarthen Hotels

  • Spilman Hotel

    36 Spilman Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1LQ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • The Drovers Arms Hotel

    Lammas Street, Carmarthen, SA31 3AP, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Ivy Bush Royal Hotel

    Spilman Street, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire SA31

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

Carmarthen Restaurants

  • Fantastic Indian food

    The best Indian in Ammanford. Spice Cube is a Takeaway. Its the best Indian you find in Ammandford. They even deliver!!! Garlic Chilli Chicken MossallaThe smell is just mouthwatering and fantastic to taste.

  • Gastropub in rural Wales

    You would expect to find good food in a food producing area and at this lovely old black and whitewashed pub you will be surprised and delighted by the creative way in which old and traditional favourite dishes are presented in new ways. The creative talents of the two women cooks - the wives and partners of the two men with whom they jointly own...

  • Food from the National Garden of Wales

    There are several options for refreshment during a visit to the Garden.The highly praised Seasons Restaurant in the National Botanic Garden of Wales seems to get better and better.A large percentage of the food served is cooked on the premises using fresh produce from the Walled Kitchen Garden and from other local suppliers.Service is “assisted...


Carmarthen Transportation

  • Getting to the National Botanic Garden...

    The website gives clear information about public transport to the National Garden there getting around may provide a challenge for the less abled but immediately outside the large ticket and information office a number ofsuper buggies await to transport vistors around the site on a get-on/get-off...

  • Awful bus service!!!

    Travelling in and around Carmarthen via public transport is a nightmare! Buses are quite expensive and infrequent, if you're planning to travel ANYWHERE by bus, you'd better check carefully if there are buses that go there and come back more than once a week! There are more frequent buses on Wednesdays and Saturdays (market days) but for some small...

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Carmarthen Off The Beaten Path

  • Wales's secret

    Llansteffan is a gem of a village within the vicinity of Carmarthen. It has much to offer to locals and tourists alike.We had been told of the beach and the castle. The castle is perched above the village. Access is by a long steep path. I wouldn't advise anyone suffering from breathlessness to attempt the climb, though I did manage it after a...

  • The ancient Village and Mill of CENARTH

    This ancient village lacks a VT destination listing of its own so creeps in here to assert its claim for a visit. There is plenty to see and do here!The oldest part of the village is clustered around the 3-arch bridge that crosses the River Teifi. The present structure dates from 1785 but there was a bridge on this site in the C12th. The mill on...

  • Green Castle Woods

    This is found between Johnstown and Llansteffan (on Llansteffan road). It's a really gorgeous place for a walk and picnic, the woods have been untouched for hundreds of years and apparently was frequented by Henry VIII and his motley crew. Between April-early June it's carpeted with bluebells and it's FREE!!!(I would not advise this for anyone with...


Carmarthen Favorites

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    by ranger49 Written Sep 15, 2008

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    Favorite thing: The restored Hall occupies a prime spot in the Garden - do go in and visit the room to the left of the entrance hall where a short but very informative video runs on a constant loop and tells the story of the history of the hall and gardens, their rise and fall - and recent restoration. It is a fascinating story of the realisation of a dream.

    The Entrance Hall and the large room to the right are used as Galleries and Exhibition Rooms.

    Our September 2008 visit coincided with the last weekend of an International Exhibition in which artists from Wales, Scotland, England and France showed their works in textiles, photography, paint and woodcut prints.

    Events take place throughout the year and all details of forthcoming events, including A Christmas Fair, can be found on the web site.

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