Information On The Local Area
Things to do:
The visitors’ centre in Llandovery is well worth a visit as they have every leaflet you can think of for all the areas attractions and will happily help and advise you on everything from a visit to the Brecon Beacons own distillery, to train rides, country parks, scenic walks, nearest beaches (you are only about an hour from some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK down on the south coast), waterfalls, fishing, quad biking, castles, historic houses and nearby towns.
Llandeilo for wandering through small boutiques, shops and galleries. The kitchen shop is a must for the most comprehensive selection of culinary gadgets I have ever seen. Try the Ginhaus to sample some designer gins, enjoy superb cakes and snacks and pay a visit to their deli for some local cheese, honey, artisan baked bread and pickles for super. Lunch at The Cawdor Arms and a must is Heavenly – the most naughty, delicious ice-cream and artisan chocolate shop this side of heaven! Also worth a visit is Davies & Co, The Warehouse, Station Rd, where you will find an extensive collection of furnishings and home goods Davies & Co, is a furniture and interior shop offering a range of new, reclaimed, recycled and ethnically sourced furniture. Also check out their amazing coffee shop – well worth a visit.
When visiting Llandeilo you must visit Dinefawr (pronounced “din-ever”) which is a National Trust Property, complete with a romantic ruined medieval castle once home to Welsh princes, a deer park, the recently restored Victorian gothic mansion Newton House and the meadows surrounding the house where a herd of rare White park cattle graze. At the western end of the Deer Park is a population of maiden oaks which appear to be 700 years old.
Wales is known for it’s castles and our best recommendation goes to Carreg Cenne with it’s breath-taking panoramic views, spooky vaulted passageway and ghostly underground cave. Officially the most romantic ruin in Wales – as voted by readers of Countryfile magazine. Perched on a great limestone crag nearly 300ft/90m above the River Cennen, the dramatic silhouette of Carreg Cennen dominates the skyline for miles around and commands stunning views over the Carmarthenshire countryside. From the moment you first glimpse the castle, probably built by Edward I’s loyal baron John Giffard at the end of the 13th century, you feel an incredible sense of drama and remoteness. In this wild setting, with few reminders of the modern world, the castle will seem like your own personal discovery.
If you enjoy rare plants and beautiful gardens then take time to visit the lovingly restored Aberglasney gardens which is situated on the road between Llandeilo and Carmarthen. And a must is the Welsh Botanical Gardens, Middleton Hall, Llanarthne SA32 8HN.
Towns a little further away all within an hour’s journey
Crickhowell – Shop, eat, wander and admire ‘The Best British High Street in the UK’ of 2018. Crickhowell is a picturesque town nestling in the beautiful Usk Valley and lying to the south of the Black Mountains, the eastern range of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The town and its surrounding villages have attractions that are enticements for all visitors to this wonderful corner of Wales.
Narberth – a gorgeous little market town in the east of Pembrokeshire. Multicoloured Edwardian and Georgian buildings line the high street which has developed quite a reputation as a shopper’s heaven. Independent shops selling a whole range of exquisite items from fine art to fine food rub shoulders with vintage and antique shops. Then when a well-earned rest is needed, there are award-winning cafes, pubs and restaurants galore to rest your weary feet.
Enchanting Aberaeron – whether you enjoy a stroll around a Georgian country estate, chilling out on the beach or a hearty harbour meal after a train ride, Aberaeron, on the Ceredigion coast, is a place where all visitors can explore and unwind.
The first thing most people see when they approach Aberaeron are the charming, colourful houses adorning the town like jewels. Here’s a place to come and relax – mooching around the harbour, exploring the independent shops and craft centres and enjoying a homemade cake and cuppa. The town is right on the Wales Coast Path and The Coastal Way. Ceredigion’s coast is also well-known for wildlife including the famous Cardigan Bay bottlenose dolphin pods.