If you want to discover Wales’s rich history and traditions then a visit to Carmarthenshire is a must. As one of the oldest counties of Wales and known as ‘the Garden of Wales’, Carmarthenshire offers a variety of historic attractions.
Like much of Wales, Carmarthenshire is home to many castles and historic houses. Kidwelly Castle is one of the greatest Welsh castles and a definite must visit, but it’s also worth heading to Cilgerran Castle and Dinefwr Park & Castle.
The county is renowned for its mining history and Dolaucothi Goldmines takes visitors back to Roman, Victorian and 1930s mining. The Goldmines are one of the top attractions in Wales so definitely one to visit, just make sure you bring suitable footwear!
As the Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire is home to the National Botanic Garden of Wales near Llanarthne. The 568-acre parkland offers a fantastic array of things to see from the Great Glasshouse designed by Norman Foster to the Theatre of Botanica. The Great Glasshouse is home to a breathtaking Mediterranean landscape with ravines, waterfalls and streams, olive groves and so much more! It’s a great day out for all the family.
If you are looking for a thrill then Carmarthenshire doesn’t disappoint. It’s a haven for adrenaline junkies and offers plenty of outdoor activities to keep you entertained.
The county is a heaven for fishing enthusiasts and its rivers The Cothi, Tywi and Teifi are all abundant with sea trout and salmon. The beaches also provide many opportunities to catch prawns, mussels and other shellfish.
Not only are the beaches perfect for fishing, but also horse riding. Along with the miles and miles of sandy beaches to explore there are also forests and countryside. Visitors can take lessons or tours of Carmarthenshire at one of the many stables in the county.
Like much of Wales Carmarthenshire is a haven for walkers. The county shares the Brecon Beacons National Park with Powys and is home to glorious countryside, rivers, waterfalls and Llyn Y Fan Fach -a remarkable damned lake surrounded by the Carmarthen Fans.
If you’d prefer to explore the county on two wheels, well you’re in luck! Carmarthenshire is home to Brechfa Forest which is one of the best places for mountain biking in the UK! No matter what age or ability there are plenty of routes to suit all so it’s a great day out for all the family.
Arts & Culture
As Carmarthenshire has a rich history and heritage there are many museums and galleries showcasing Welsh tradition and culture. Carmarthenshire is home to the National Wool Museum where visitors can see the traditional methods used to make cloth, flannel and shawls.
If visual art is your thing, then head to the Parc Howard Museum and Gallery which showcases a variety of artefacts and art including the renowned Llanelly Pottery Collection. The Oriel Myrddin is also another must visit and has contemporary exhibits for regional artists and craft makers.
The Museum of Speed is perhaps the most famous museum in Carmarthenshire as it overlooks the beach that has been the location for many land speed world record-breaking attempts. Also on show are motorbikes from Pendine’s past.
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