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 CarmarthenTypical 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 CarmarthenFrom 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 CarmarthenCarmarthen 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 CarmarthenAt one time a Roman fort, named Moridunum, the town today has one of the few remaining Roman amphitheatres. CarmarthenCastle 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 CarmarthenWith 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.

Spilman Hotel
Spilman Hotel
3 out of 5
36 Spilman Street, Carmarthen, Wales
The price is £75 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Carmarthen Castle and Oriel Myrddin. Picton Monument and Carmarthenshire County Museum are ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (140 reviews)
"We have used this hotel a number of times in the past and found it to be clean, comfortable and exactly what we needed."

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2022

Spilman Hotel
Corran Resort & Spa
Corran Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
East Marsh, Laugharne, Carmarthen, Wales
Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Pendine Beach, Laugharne Castle and Dylan's Boathouse. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park ...
3.7/5 Good! (29 reviews)
"Roomy dog friendly accommodation located off the courtyard. Not wonderful in bad weather as have to walk across the courtyeard in the rain to get to the main building."

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2020

Corran Resort & Spa
Pods @ Broadway
Pods @ Broadway
3 out of 5
Broadway, Carmarthen, Wales
The price is £89 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Situated in Carmarthen, this cabin is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Laugharne Castle and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Dylan's Boathouse. Pendine Sands and Pendine Beach are also ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (47 reviews)
One of the nicest places we’ve ever stayed!
"Amazing place to stay, really easy to find and get to, the pods are perfect - just the right size and have everything you need. The hot tub and the way it’s laid out is great, loads of privacy - often felt like we were the only ones there! To top it all, the takeaway food they offer was delicious ..."

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2021

Pods @ Broadway
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Pods @ Broadway
Pods @ Broadway
3 out of 5
Broadway, Carmarthen, Wales
The price is £89 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Situated in Carmarthen, this cabin is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Laugharne Castle and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Dylan's Boathouse. Pendine Sands and Pendine Beach are also ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (47 reviews)
One of the nicest places we’ve ever stayed!
"Amazing place to stay, really easy to find and get to, the pods are perfect - just the right size and have everything you need. The hot tub and the way it’s laid out is great, loads of privacy - often felt like we were the only ones there! To top it all, the takeaway food they offer was delicious ..."

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2021

Pods @ Broadway
Primrose 18 Hot Tub
Primrose 18 Hot Tub
3 out of 5
Kaowood Country Park, Allt Egsair, Carmarthenshire, Carmarthen, Wales
Situated in Carmarthen, this chalet is within 12 miles (20 km) of Laugharne Castle, Dylan's Boathouse and Pendine Beach. Picton Monument and Carmarthen Castle ...
Primrose 18 Hot Tub
Pendine Heights - 2 Bedroom Apartment
Pendine Heights - 2 Bedroom Apartment
3.5 out of 5
Dukes Meadow, Carmarthen, Wales
Situated in Carmarthen, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Pendine Beach and Pendine Sands. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and Laugharne ...
Pendine Heights - 2 Bedroom Apartment
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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