by Coast and Country Holidays
Why visit Carmarthenshire? We’re glad you asked! Whether you’d prefer to spend your week away strolling along golden beaches or enjoying a spot of retail therapy, there’s something for everyone.
With so many places to visit in Carmarthenshire, a weekend simply isn’t enough to get everything ticked off! Not only is this beautiful county home to the National Botanic Garden, but you’ll also find plenty of other exciting attractions in the area including the Gwili Steam Railway and historic Laugharne Castle.
Need a little more convincing? Here are our top reasons to visit Carmarthenshire – and we’ve even shared a few of our favourite holiday cottages in the area.
Also known as the Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire is not just home to our National Botanic Garden but also houses Aberglasney Gardens – Wales equivalent to the Lost Gardens of Heligan only on not quite such a large scale.
Both gardens attract growing numbers of visitors and are both well worth a visit. As well as being interesting from a plants and planting view between them they also host a wealth of events spanning many months of the year. Other notable gardens (which only open by appointment or on specific dates) are Gelli Uchaf near Llandeilo, Pant-y-Fedwen near Drefach Felindre, Talardd at Golden Grove and Glyn Bach near Clunderwen in the west of the County.
Carmarthen is the counties principal town and is the counties second-largest town with a population of around 16,000 and serves a large community of farmland surrounding its edges. The town originated from a Roman settlement and a Roman amphitheatre remains just off Priory Street. The town lays claim to being the oldest in Wales.
Planning a weekend of retail therapy? Some 16 miles east of Carmarthen is the popular and picturesque town of Llandeilo, head here for some quirky shops and a visit to Carreg Cennen Castle – probably the most dramatically placed castle in Wales. Also at Llandeilo is the Dinefwr Country Park and Castle.
As well as being home to some lovely inland countryside, Carmarthenshire also has a good coastal stretch which is home to Cefn Sidan Beach. At 8 miles long it is Carmarthenshire’s largest beach and is very popular at all times of the year.
During the summer, the golden sand is dotted with families enjoying the sunshine, but due to its size, you can always find a quiet spot. Behind the beach is Pembrey Forest, which affords lovely walks as well as a toboggan run, dry ski slope, giant adventure playground and 8 wildlife trails – enough to keep the most energetic of youngsters happy for at least a few hours.
At Cefn Sidan’s most westerly point, you can see the inlet to the River Taf which flows past the town of Laugharne. Once home to Dylan Thomas – one of Wales’ most renowned poets. His writing shed and a museum devoted to his life exist in the Town. Whilst visiting – try The Cors Restaurant on Newbridge Road for a quirky meal out and the ruined castle is also worth some investigation.
Some 6 miles west of Laugharne will bring you to Pendine. Here during the 1920s land speed records were broken on a regular basis by drivers such as Malcolm Campbell and J.G. Parry-Thomas. There is a Museum of speed here if you wish to find out more about Pendine’s place in motoring history.
Best feature: The tranquil surroundings of the countryside
One of three lovingly converted barns, Barcud Cottage is a gorgeous two-bedroom retreat just four miles outside of Llandeilo. Set on a hillside and commanding beautiful views across the Carmarthenshire countryside, it’s the perfect choice for a romantic weekend away.
Best feature: The fantastic views of the castle
A lovely two-bedroom home, Dan Castell Cottage near Llandeilo has everything you need for a relaxed weekend away. Sat right at the foot of Carreg Cennen Castle, you’ll find plenty to discover right on your doorstep!
Best feature: Having the beach right at its doorstep
Sometimes, a beachside break is just what you need to completely unwind. Escape the everyday bustle and enjoy beachside bliss at the spacious Bayside. This six-bedroom cottage in Pendine is ideal for big family gatherings, accommodating a total of up to 12 guests.
Discover this beautiful county from one of our charming cottages in Carmarthenshire – our handpicked selection of homes are dotted along some of the most scenic towns and villages.
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