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Carmarthen offers accommodation to suit every price range, from luxurious 5 star country hotels to more modest guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, self-catering cottages, apartments and backpacking hostels. Choose a level of luxury to suit your tastes and budget, and decide whether you would rather stay in the bustling but picturesque town centre or in the stunning countryside just outside of town. Whatever your preferences, you will be spoilt for choice.
For lovers of retail therapy, there are plenty of hotels and guesthouses in the town centre, from budget chains to exclusive luxury hotels. Look for accommodation close to Guildhall Square, Red and Blue Streets, Lammas Street, Dark Gate, the old town, St. Catherine’s Walk or Merlin’s Walk, and you will find yourself within easy walking distance of the wide variety of independent and high street shops that Carmarthen has to offer.
Enjoy the best of both worlds by choosing a hotel or bed and breakfast in the rolling hills and valleys around Carmarthen and escaping the hustle and bustle of the busy town centre at night. There are many attractions in the countryside around Carmarthen, from sites of natural beauty and places of historical significance to some of the best walking and cycling trails in the United Kingdom. Relax in this beautiful landscape for a while and you may never want to leave.
You might prefer the freedom and independence that renting a holiday cottage or apartment can give, not to mention the possible savings. Whether you would rather be in the countryside or in the town centre, in a traditional Welsh cottage or in a more modern apartment, you are sure to find something to suit.
If you wish to time your visit to coincide with one of the many annual festivals, when the town truly comes alive, it is worth booking your hotel early to avoid disappointment.
Legend has it that the wizard Merlin, of King Arthur fame, was born in a cave just outside Carmarthen. The Merlin festival, held in August, celebrates the town’s links with Merlin and attempts to give a taste of the town’s medieval past.
For beer lovers, the Carmarthen Beer Festival is organised by CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) and usually takes place in October.
The Carmarthen River Festival takes place in June, and offers coracle exhibitions and races, as well as a hilarious homemade raft race. The modern day festival continues a tradition of river festivals in Carmarthen that dates back to at least the 1800s.
The Carmarthen Farmers’ Market is held in the town centre on the first Friday of every month, and offers a fantastic range of fresh local produce.
The ‘oldest town in Wales’ offers a huge choice of accommodation, from hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, self-catering cottages and apartments.
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