Things to do and places to visit on holiday in Carmarthenshrie
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Things to do in Carmarthenshire


National Botanic Garden of Wales

the stage for a packed programme of events and courses throughout the year. The garden boasts an amazing collection of over 8000 different plant varieties, spread across 560 acres of beautiful countryside. Visit Y Pot Blodyn Garden Centre and gift shop, The Garden shop, Oriel Yr Ardd Gallery and for refreshments The Seasons Restaurant or Mediterranean Café. Open everyday except Christmas Day, summer (March 1-October) 10am-6pm, winter (October-Easter) 10am-4.30pm. Located 0.25m from the A48 between Crosshands and Carmarthen. Clearly signposted from A48 and Carmarthen. Train and bus in Carmarthen (7m). You will find a large tar macadam car park with ample disabled and coach parking spaces close to our main entrance. There is a drop off area for wheelchair users. Please visit our website or contact us for additional information.

Aberglasney House and Gardens

an Elizabethan/Jacobean cloister and parapet walk and the ‘Ninfarium’, a glass atrium filled with exotic perfumed plants. There is a café in the grounds offering lunches, snacks and, in the summer, tea on the terrace. There is also a shop and plants sales area. Check the website to see what special events are being held, such as talks, musical concerts and performances of Shakespeare.

Dolaucothi Gold Mines

and an opportunity to try gold panning and experience for yourself the frustration of searching for gold. There are also waymarked walks and picnic areas on this estate overlooking the beautiful Cothi Valley. Check the website to find out when special events are being held, such as Roman weekends and Easter trails.
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Dinefwr Park and Castle

he Castle also overlooks Newton House whose ground floor and basement are furnished based on the style of around 1912. On the first floor is an exhibition about Dinefwr’s history and landscape. There are several walks in the Park and guided tours and badger watches can be booked. Check the Dinefwr Park website for special events such as the Literature Festival, Food and Country Festival and the World Sheepdog Trials.
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Kidwelly Castle

n the castle occupies above the town.
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Carreg Cennen Castle

and travel back 700 years in your imagination. A collection of native rare breeds of cattle and sheep can be seen on the fields surrounding the castle on the working hill farm. The whole site is privately owned and run by the Llewellyn family, who have farmed there since the 1700s. Margaret Llewellyn is in charge of the extensive selection of homemade food which is served daily in the tea rooms on the farm yard which double up as a ceremony venue for weddings and parties. This building is worth a visit in itself - cleverly designed to capture 'snapshots' of the scenery through its many windows, it is wonderfully rustic in atmosphere with its large oak beams and Welsh slate. Cadw membership schemes apply.
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National Wetland Centre, Llanelli

hways and admire the water gardens. Children can wander the Swan Maze and crawl through the tunnels of Water Vole City. Families can learn about wetlands in the interactive indoor Millenium Discovery Centre and then take a canoe safari and explore wetlands in a whole new way. Then you can relax in the comfort of the Estuary Café and enjoy delicious home cooked food, panoramic views and amazing wildlife.

Llanelly House

glish or Welsh let you to learn about the 300 year old history of the house, and hear the stories of those who used to live in it, from the owners to the chambermaids. There are activities for children, ghost tours, and a restoration tour focusing on the work done between 2011-13. The Stepney family were a major influence in the industrial development of the region, and Thomas Stepney was a Member of Parliament for Carmarthenshire. He rebuilt the house in 1714, creating one of the finest 18th-century town houses in Wales. The foundations and certain parts of the house also date to Tudor, Elizabethan and Jacobean times. The house deteriorated and was only restored as recently as 2011, opening in 2014. Although prior booking is essential, this historic site is well worth a visit. There is disabled access, but the flooring is uneven so it is best to ring for information on your needs. The tempting Gift Shop has many Welsh items for sale, while the the fine Cafe and Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch or high tea in the former Drawing Room. Events take place throughout the year. Open every day 10.00-17.00, Sunday hours 11am - 4pm.

Pendine Sands

y, straight beach backed by a belt of sand dunes and there are clear views across Carmarthen Bay to the Gower peninsula and Tenby. The beach is used by the Ministry of Defence and access is allowed on days when the range is not in use which is often the case at weekends and on Bank Holidays. Pendine Sands and Ginst Point provide a haven for a wide variety of birds including Greylag, Shelduck and Golden Plover. The village of Pendine is situated near the western end of Pendine Sands and is home to the Museum of Speed which is dedicated to the land speed record attempts. Entry is free and it is located right on the beach entrance with ample parking. Car parking: There is free parking in Pendine village and managed parking on the beach. Food: Pendine village has a good variety of eating places for a resort of its size. There are a couple of good pubs, an off-license, post office, a few gift shops, several cafes and fish & chip shops along with some more upmarket restaurants. Toilets: There are toilets and disabled toilets near the beach. Awards: Seaside Award

Pembrey Country Park

areas and walks. There are also three restaurants and a visitor centre. Awards for Cefn Sidan: Blue Flag, Seaside Award

Cefn Sidan Beach

ds Carmarthen Bay and is backed by dunes, salt marshes, Pembrey Forest and Pembrey Country Park. Pembrey nearby offers seaside attractions, activities including a dry ski slope, refreshments and bike hire Car parking: Ample parking (parking charge on entrance to the park). Food: Café at the beach entrance and restaurant in Pembrey Country Park Toilets at the beach entrance and within Pembrey Country Park Lifeguards: Lifeguard service provided May to September (weekends only in June, always check for details). Do not dig in the sand dunes as they could be unsafe. Dogs are not allowed on the main mile of the beach May to end September. Awards: Blue Flag and Seaside Award

Llansteffan Castle

Llywelyn the Last in 1257. The castle was neglected after 1309 and fell to Owain Glyndwr in 1403 and 1405-6, but the gatehouse was refitted at least for Jasper Tudor after his nephew Henry gained the throne in 1485. It is the breathtaking site that makes the ascent worthwhile. At the top the earliest castle was roughly walled with a square gatehouse of around 1200, and a round tower, this reduced to foundations. Much more impressive are the outer walls with round towers and a twin-towered gatehouse of the 1270s or 1280s. The castle is at the top of a steep hill that is reached by a long uneven path, not suitable for wheelchairs The castle is in the guardianship of Cadw – The Welsh Assembly Government's historic environment service and admission to the site is free.

Laugharne Castle

ast in 1257. In this last attack the Norman lord, Guy de Brian was captured and his castle burnt. The two big round towers inside survive from before the capture. His son, also Guy, built the outer walls in the 1280s to a diamond plan with a gatehouse at the south. Another Guy was Edward III’s adviser. He improved the outer and inner gatehouses in the 1380s. When the castle was falling into disuse it was revived as a Tudor house by Sir John Perrot of Carew Castle, unfinished when he was disgraced in 1591 and sent to die in the Tower of London. The interior became a pleasure garden in the eighteenth century and remains one. Dylan Thomas wrote in the gazebo that overlooks the water. Between the two round towers of the inner castle are the ruins of Perrot’s Elizabethan house, tall but modest compared to what he built at Carew. Laugharne Castle is in the care of Cadw and admission charges are payable. The Castle is situated in the village of Laugharne, on the A4066 from St Clears where on street parking is usually available. Guide books are available in the castle shop. Most sites are closed on 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January. Last admission to this site is thirty minutes before closing.

Dryslwyn Castle

first known castle consisted of a round tower, ward, curtain wall, and great hall later known as the King’s Hall. Rhys ap Maredudd added to the castle during his occupation, before being executed by the English for treason, and the castle fell into disuse around the fifteenth century. Free admission. Open all year apart from Christmas and New Year, 10.00am-4.00pm. Under-16s should be accompanied by an adult. Guide dogs only, no smoking. Difficult disabled access, with access through steep, uneven farmland. Public car park 800m from castle (no designated disabled spaces).

Gwili Steam Railway

u can ride on a heritage steam railway 5 miles (there and back) alongside the picturesque Gwili River as it meanders through a steep sided valley in the heart of Carmarthenshire. Allow at least an hour and a half for your visit, though your ticket is valid all day. It’s much more than just a train ride. Take a look:- • Free parking at Bronwydd Arms Station • Tour the signal box • Visit the Victorian Tea Rooms for yummy home-made cakes • Visit the museum • Disabled access facilities (including onto the train) • Ride on the only standard gauge steam train in West Wales • Watch the steam locomotive uncouple and run round at Danycoed Halt – good place for photos • Alight at Llwyfan Cerrig Station where the steam train waits for 20 minutes. • Purchase hot food at Quarry Kitchen • Visit the 1950s waiting room complete with ticket office • Climb aboard a Victorian steam locomotive on display with Victorian carriages • Ride on the miniature railway • Visit the Travelling Post Office restored inside as it would have been in the 1960s. • Return to Bronwydd Arms Station Buy tickets on the day. Train times: 10.30; 11:50; 13:20: 14:50 Photos © All rights reserved

Carmarthen Castle

The ruins include a 14th-century gatehouse, corner towers, 13th and 15th-century town walls, and the early motte. Information boards near the curtain walls tell its history, as does the on-site tourist information centre. The castle’s early importance is reflected in its adoption by the crown. Its history includes use as a 12th-century administrative centre, wars between the Welsh and English, ownership in the 15th century by Edmund Tewdwr and occupation during the Civil War where it gained earthen ramparts. It was later used as a prison in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Brecon Mountain Railway

e most popular Railways in Wales. The whole trip takes sixty five minutes, including a twenty minute stop at Pontsticill, where you can picnic, walk or visit our lakeside snack cafe. You can stay longer at Pontsticill if you wish returning to Pant by a later train, but please make sure that you do not miss the last train back! On your return to Pant, visit our workshops where old steam locomotives are restored and new ones built - follow the footpath to a picnic site which has an amazing panoramic view of the valley. Visit our licensed tea rooms and buy a souvenir of your visit in our and sandwiches. We have excellent facilities for disabled persons including ramps, toilet and a carriage especially designed to carry wheelchairs. Our licensed Tea Rooms at Pant Station serve morning coffee, a full meal, a light snack or afternoon tea, and at Pontsticill station our Lakeside Café serves ice cream, hot and cold drinks, homemade cakes.

The Red Kite Feeding Centre

diving birds. Usually around 50 Red Kites may be seen gathering in the skies above before diving down for their food. Without doubt, this regular feeding has helped these beautiful birds to increase in numbers and with careful management and protection we have seen their numbers increase to well over 300 breeding pairs. Daily feeding times are 3pm in summer (BST) and 2pm in winter (GMT). The Red Kite Café and Gift Shop is right next to the Red Kite Feeding centre so is ideal for lunches, snacks or just tea and coffee prior to and after the feeding time.

Marros Riding Centre

e following: Combination Session This session is very popular with all the family / friends. Start with a 30 minute fun lesson learning the basics, starting, stopping, turning & trotting, which is a fantastic experience for beginners. We then venture out for the next 30 minutes on a trek through the woods. In case of heavy rain the second part can be indoor games on horseback, see who is the most competitive! Treks / Hacks Beautiful scenery on horseback, catering for all levels of rider, same ability or mixed ability groups welcome. We are happy to help nervous riders overcome their fears and we offer all riders a memorable & magical experience. Off season day rides planned throughout the year, please call for details. Own A Pony Days / Pony Activity Day A fun day filled with various activities. Get rid of mum & dad & enjoy riding, trekking & stable management. Recommended for children of any ability, between 8 – 16 years. Pony Rides Ideal for children between the ages of 2 – 4 years. Come & meet a friendly pony & have an introductory ride around the indoor school, providing we have hats & boots small enough! Beach Rides A truly magical riding experience offered to riders who can gallop. This is not a novice ride as your riding skills will be put to the ultimate test! It really is a dream come true and is sure to leave you with wonderful memories. Over 16 years only. Tuition We will teach anyone! Beginners, nervous riders, novices, people returning to riding, riders with disabilities & experienced riders. We have both an indoor & outdoor school & we can accommodate riders of any age. Gift Shop / Tack Shop We are a stockist of Schleich & have a wide selection of horse themed gifts, ideal present or lovely holiday momento. We also sell and can order riding hats, boots, jodhpurs, body protectors, gloves, whips & have a range of our own Marros clothing. Marros Munchies Our coffee shop overlooks the indoor school. Why not enjoy a snack whilst watching the riders & on sunny days enjoy the picnic area overlooking the pond.