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City Guide to Carmarthen

Carmarthen is said to be the oldest town in Wales, and has an incredibly rich history, dating back to pre-Roman times. The county town of Carmarthenshire, it sits on the River Towy, eight miles north of beautiful Carmarthen Bay and its famous beaches. With an abundance of historical sites, an extremely diverse shopping experience, and pubs and restaurants galore, Carmarthen is a place you will remember for a long time after your visit.

Sport in Carmarthen

Typical of many Welsh towns, Carmarthen has a strong sporting tradition, with two rugby union teams, Carmarthen Quins and Carmarthen Athletic, and a rugby league team, CPC Bears. The town also boasts its own football team, Carmarthen Town FC, and an athletic team, Carmarthen Harriers. There are two golf courses in the town, while Carmarthen Leisure Centre offers facilities for a wide range of sports, including swimming, tennis, squash, gymnastics and martial arts. Carmarthen Park also offers sporting facilities, most notably a cycling velodrome that has been in continuous use since its opening in 1900.

Shopping in Carmarthen

From small independent traders to major high street chains, cobbled medieval streets to modern shopping centres, Carmarthen offers an enticing mix of old and new. Take your time to explore the winding lanes and alleys of the old town and its character-filled selection of independent shops, or visit St. Catherine’s Walk and Merlin’s Walk for a more contemporary shopping experience. In the town centre, Guildhall Square, Red and Blue Streets, Lammas Street and Dark Gate are all brimming with shops and cafes nestled in amongst historical buildings.

Food and Drink in Carmarthen

Carmarthen has a restaurant or cafe to please every palate, from traditional Welsh cooking to the most exotic international cuisine. For traditional fare little can beat enjoying tasty dishes in the local pubs whilst sampling a selection of locally brewed beers. You should make a point of visiting Carmarthen Market, which dates to Roman times, and offers an excellent selection of local produce.

Things to See and do in Carmarthen

At one time a Roman fort, named Moridunum, the town today has one of the few remaining Roman amphitheatres. Carmarthen Castle was built on the site of a Norman castle that was  destroyed in 1215.

Carmarthen was one of the first medieval walled towns in Wales, and features many other historic buildings and monuments, such as the Guildhall, Picton Monument, St. Peters Church, Carmarthen Bridge and Pont King Morgan bridge.

You can learn about Carmarthen’s fascinating history at the Carmarthenshire County Museum in Abergwili, a short drive or bus ride from the town centre. Set in beautiful gardens, and featuring artefacts from every time period, from mammoth bones to Roman coins, Welsh dressers and local pottery, it is well worth a visit.

If you follow the river a few miles to the south to Carmarthen Bay you will find several famous beaches to explore, such as Pendine Sands and Cefn Sidan, and also come across the superbly preserved Norman castle at Kidwelly.

Visit Carmarthen

With a heritage to rival anything in Wales, a huge variety of shops, restaurants and pubs, and an idyllic surrounding countryside, this medieval town offers an unforgettable experience.


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Corran Resort & Spa

Corran Resort & Spa

East Marsh, Laugharne, Carmarthen
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Laugharne, this spa hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Dylan's Boathouse and within 16 mi (25 km) of Picton Monument and Carmarthen Castle. Tenby Beach and Tenby Golf Club are also within 20 mi (32 km).

£62
The Browns

The Browns

King Street, Carmarthen
4.6
of 5, from 5 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Laugharne, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Dylan's Boathouse and 12.1 mi (19.4 km) from Picton Monument. Carmarthen Castle and Tenby Beach are also within 25 mi (40 km).

£58
Boars Head Hotel

Boars Head Hotel

120 Lammas Street, Carmarthen
2.9
of 5, from 8 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of Carmarthen Castle and Picton Monument. National Botanic Garden of Wales and Kidwelly Castle are also within 12 mi (20 km).

£49
Bronhaul Farm Cottages

Bronhaul Farm Cottages

Bronhaul, Carmarthen
4.8
of 5, from 4 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of Picton Monument, Carmarthen Castle, and Dylan's Boathouse. Kidwelly Castle is 16.3 mi (26.3 km) away.

£62
Broadway Country House Hotel

Broadway Country House Hotel

Broadway, Carmarthen
4.4
of 5, from 10 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Laugharne, this guesthouse is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Dylan's Boathouse and within 16 mi (25 km) of Picton Monument and Carmarthen Castle. Tenby Beach and Tenby Golf Club are also within 20 mi (32 km).

£71
Four Seasons Bed and Breakfast

Four Seasons Bed and Breakfast

Nantgaredig, Carmarthen
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Carmarthen, this bed & breakfast is within 9 mi (15 km) of National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthen Castle, and Picton Monument. Kidwelly Castle is 14.9 mi (24.1 km) away.

£104
Llwyn Helyg Country House

Llwyn Helyg Country House

Llanarthne, Carmarthen
5.0
of 5, from 16 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Carmarthen, this luxury bed & breakfast is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from National Botanic Garden of Wales and within 12 mi (20 km) of Carmarthen Castle and Picton Monument. Kidwelly Castle and Parc y Scarlets are also within 20 mi (32 km).

Hollybrook Country Inn

Hollybrook Country Inn

Bronwydd, Carmarthen
4.8
of 5, from 19 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Bronwydd, this inn is 4 mi (6.5 km) from Carmarthen Castle and within 12 mi (20 km) of Picton Monument and West Wales Museum of Childhood. National Woollen Museum is 12 mi (19.3 km) away.

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