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Carmarthenshire – The “Garden of Wales”
Carmarthenshire is the third largest county in Wales and the main towns are Llanelli, Carmarthen and Ammanford. It is known as the “Garden of Wales” because of its fertile land and agricultural produce.
Much of Carmarthenshire is considered upland and mountainous. Fforest Fawr and Black Mountain stretch to the east of the county, with the Cambrian Mountains to the north. In the southern coastal area you can find fishing villages and sandy beaches.
A number of rivers flow through Carmarthenshire, including the Towy, which is the longest river that flows entirely within Wales. The Towy is popular for its trout and salmon fishing.
Reasons to visit Carmarthenshire
You can find five castles in the county: Carreg Cennen Castle (built on a spectacular location in the village of Trapp), Dinefwr Castle (overlooking the River Tywi near the town of Llandeilo), Kidwelly Castle (a Norman castle overlooking the river Gwendraeth), Laugharne Castle and Llansteffan Castle.
There are at least eight museums, notably the Carmarthenshire County Museum and two heritage railways, the Gwili Steam Railway and the Teifi Valley (narrow-gauge) Railway.
Sporting activities include canoeing, mountain biking, cycling, fishing, walking and swimming. There are also many garden areas to explore and plenty of interesting places for the kids.
Entertainment and Dining in Carmarthenshire
Special events take place in Carmarthenshire almost all the year round, like the Welsh Game Fair, the Dragon Festival, the Llandeilo Fawr Music and Flower Festival and many others. There are also theatres and cinemas.
When it’s time to eat, there is a good selection of restaurants. You can get traditional Welsh food at the Samphires Restaurant in Llanelli, located in the Stradey Park Hotel, or stick to a Beefeater restaurant (also in Llanelli)
Accommodation in Carmarthenshire
The Broadway Country House Hotel is a reasonably priced restored Victorian country retreat on the outskirts of Laugharne. Welsh Poet Dylan Thomas has connections with the area and did much of his writing in the boat house.
There are also Guest Houses, Self Catering apartments and B&Bs, along with some excellent camping sites.