This area is liable to flooding during high tides (especially in Spring or Autumn) so be warned if parking ones car in the carpark undernesth the castle, and get hold of a local tide table, or consult one of the residents who live in the vicinity.
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During the weeks, much of East Marsh (the other side of Sir John's Hill) is closed to the public as it is a Ministry of Defence testing area. Occasionally loud bangs can be heard as fighter jets test their weapons. There is also a stone quarry just outside of Laugharne Township and a loud bang could also be a result of them blasting. Neither happen very often, but visitors do wonder when they hear something.
Having to spend 20 pence to use the public conveniences is now common in Carmarthenshire as is car parking charges in most of the towns. It has angered the communities. Before the county council offered to upgrade both facilities they we free. The community said yes to the upgrades and feel they were misled in thinking they would still be free.
If people object to spending 20 pence, there are plenty of establishments, especially public houses which visitors could use. I have visited many places where state of the art public toilets have been free, but the council here claims it has no money. Is 20 pence too much to ask for a clean, modern facility. The ones they replaced were old and filthy.
The highest tides are in Spring and Autumn around the equinox. The high, spring tides are at their peak when the moon is new or full. Officially it is not called a car park because of the tidal problem. It is not only the tourists who get caught out, but also the locals who should know better. Walk around the lower part of town and look at the doors of the houses which have slits either side, so boards can be dropped in when there is a really high tide.
A new addition to Laugharne village are the swanky new toilets. They are state of the art self cleaning units which are a vast improvement on their predecessors. The only downside is that you need a 20p coin to use them - don't get caught short, if you go to Laugharne stock up on your 20 pences or alternatively grab a coffee in the Pea Green Boat and spend a penny there!
There is a lovely free car park next to the castle in Laugharne but beware that it is liable to flooding in the winter, the river is ruled by the tides so best keep an eye out at high tide.
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