by Hannah Craven
If you’re planning a visit to Carmarthenshire, then chances are you’ll want to do a bit of sightseeing during your stay!
There’s plenty of unique and interesting things to do in Carmarthenshire. From strolling around medieval castles and country parks to an unforgettable ride through the valleys on a traditional steam train, you’re bound to find something you enjoy.
To make your travel plans a little easier, we’ve put together a guide to the best things to do in Carmarthenshire…
Location: Bronwydd Arms Railway Station, Bronwydd Arms, Carmarthen SA33 6HT
Take a tour of the county with a steam train ride from the Gwili Steam Railway in Carmarthen. A lovely day out for all ages, visitors can even tuck into Sunday lunches and afternoon teas as they soak up the lovely countryside views. The eight-mile roundtrip departs from the Bronwydd Arms Station and along to Danycoed Halt, before looping back around. The whole journey lasts around an hour.
Location: Llandeilo, SA19 6RT
Perched atop a hillside, Dinefwr Castle commands some of the most impressive views across the Tywi Valley and is one of the best castles to visit in Carmarthenshire. It was owned by the formidable Lord Rhys – the ruler of South Wales’ ancient kingdom, Deheubarth. Maintained by CADW, visitors are free to roam the grounds as they please with no admission fees.
Location: Llangathen, Carmarthen SA32 8QH
The Aberglasney Gardens are such a wonderful place to stroll around on a sunny afternoon. Among the most beautiful displays within the expansive grounds are the Asiatic Garden, the fragrant Rose Garden, and the Stream Garden Meadow. It’s easy to spend a whole day getting lost among the vibrant gardens – after all, there are over ten acres of beautifully maintained grounds to discover!
Location: Brecon Beacons National Park
Spanning approximately 10 hectares, Llyn y Fan Fach is a beautiful lake in Wales, set within the Brecon Beacons National Park. There’s a couple of ways to reach it, depending on how much a hike you’d like. The shortest trail is from the Llanddeusant car park, which is just over three miles from the lake. For those who don’t mind a good trek, there’s an eight-mile route that takes you around Llyn y Fan Fawr and Llyn y Fan Fach – this usually takes around five or six hours, so be sure to pack plenty of food and drink.
Location: King St, Laugharne, Carmarthen SA33 4SF
Set along the estuary of the River Tâf, Laugharne Castle has a rich history dating all the way back to 1116. Dismantled during the Civil War and restored to its former glory in the 16th century, it has become a major tourist attraction. Visitors can now walk around its well-maintained walls and grounds, getting a feel for what life was like for its former residents in Laugharne.
Location: Pembrey, Burry Port SA16 0EJ
Just a short drive from the town of Llanelli, the Pembrey Country Park offers plenty to see and do. Whether you want to spend the day by the beach, test your abilities on a ski slope, or simply wander through the woodlands, there’s something for everyone. Boasting over 500 acres of woodland and eight miles of golden sands, you’ll always find somewhere new to discover!
For more things to do, check out our blog to find out all you need to know about Burry Port.
Location: Dre-Fach Felindre, Felindre, Llandysul SA44 5UP
If there’s one thing that Wales is renowned for, it’s the sheer amount of sheep you’ll see as you drive through our countryside. In fact, they actually outnumber our population by quite a bit! The National Wool Museum in Llandysul gives a unique insight into how luxury wool products are made, from fleece to fabric.
Location: Dylan’s Walk, Laugharne, Carmarthen SA33 4SD
One of Wales’ most renowned poets, Dylan Thomas penned a variety of works including the famed ‘Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night’. The Dylan Thomas Boathouse is a must-see for poetry fans. Set within his former residence, visitors can walk around the boathouse and enjoy the gorgeous estuary views that once inspired this iconic Welsh poet.
Looking to explore further afield? Check out our top things to do in West Wales.
Location: Castle Rd, Kidwelly SA17 5BQ
Standing watch over the River Gwendraeth, Kidwelly Castle is a Norman fortress dating back to the 12th century. It was originally spelt ‘Cygweli’, which translates to ‘Swan’ in Welsh. Visitors can wander around the remains of the castle, which were featured in the classic 1975 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Location: Middleton Hall, Llanarthne SA32 8HN
Whether you’re an aspiring botanist or simply appreciate a good garden, the National Botanic Garden of Wales offers a fantastic day out. From The Great Glasshouse to The British Bird of Prey Centre, there are so many unique exhibits and gardens to discover and as you stroll around the scenic grounds of Middleton Hall.
Location: Trapp, Llandeilo SA19 6UA
Yet another historic riverside castle, Carreg Cennen Castle is just four miles south of Llandeilo. Interestingly, it is considered to be the most romantic ruin in Wales – as voted for by the readers of Countryfile. Perhaps it’s the sweeping views across the Carmarthenshire countryside and beyond that makes visitors fall in love with the area, or maybe this Iron Age hillfort holds some mystical power…
Location: Abergwili, Carmarthen SA31 2JG
© Carmarthenshire County Museum
Where better to find out more about the region than the Carmarthenshire County Museum? As you walk around the hall, you’ll learn about the rich history of the county through a collection of art pieces, artefacts, and Welsh costumes. Huge restoration works took place during 2020 and 2021, creating an on-site cafe and a learning centre for children.
Can’t wait to visit? Our Carmarthenshire cottages are just what you need for a fun-filled weekend away in Wales. From spacious family homes to cosy cottages for two, we’ve got something to suit everyone. We’ve even got a whole host of dog-friendly homes and luxury retreats, among many other delightful cottages. If you need further inspiration, why not check out our favourite pubs in Carmarthenshire? Take a look at our delightful hand-picked selection and start planning your next break with us today!
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