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Kidwelly Castle
Kidwelly Castle
Owner description: Kidwelly is on a par with the other great castles of Wales. We all get our moments. But if you want a truly medieval moment, catch a glimpse of Kidwelly shrouded in early morning... more Owner description: Kidwelly is on a par with the other great castles of Wales. We all get our moments. But if you want a truly medieval moment, catch a glimpse of Kidwelly shrouded in early morning mist. Spine-tingling stuff. So complete and well-preserved it’s a match for any of the great castles of Wales. The earliest castle on the site was Norman and made of earth and timber. The town itself is equally ancient, established around 1115 AD. By the time the 13th century had come along the castle had been rebuilt in stone, following the half-moon shape taken by the Normans. The Chaworth family built the compact but powerful inner ward and the castle was later modified by the earls (eventually dukes) of Lancaster. Kidwelly benefited from the latest thinking in castle design. It had a concentric design with one circuit of defensive walls set within another to allow the castle to be held even if the outer wall should fall. less
Attraction type: Castles
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Gwili Railway
Gwili Railway
Owner description: Take a step back in time at the Gwili Steam Railway, a delightful preserved railway just outside Carmarthen in West Wales. Running steam train services every day of local school... more Owner description: Take a step back in time at the Gwili Steam Railway, a delightful preserved railway just outside Carmarthen in West Wales. Running steam train services every day of local school holidays and selected days throughout the remainder of the year, this is the perfect trip for all ages to enjoy. Experience a typical country branch line from the 1950s with a stop off at Llwyfan Cerrig Station in a beautiful spot alongside the River Gwili. less
Attraction type: Railways
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Laugharne Castle
Laugharne Castle
Owner description: Think Laugharne, think Dylan Thomas. A bittersweet love affair between townsfolk and resident poet, conducted via prickly poems and supremely clever short stories. Think... more Owner description: Think Laugharne, think Dylan Thomas. A bittersweet love affair between townsfolk and resident poet, conducted via prickly poems and supremely clever short stories. Think Laugharne, think castle too. The magnificent medieval castle turned Tudor mansion later became the perfect antidote to writer’s block. Both Dylan and author Richard Hughes put pen to paper in the castle’s garden summerhouse. Looking out over the estuary, like an eagle nesting on its eyrie, this impressive relic of ancient times demands you stand and stare. It will simply take your breath away. ‘Brown as owls’ as Mr Thomas put it so eloquently in his ‘Poem in October’. Built in the 13th century by the de Brian family, probably atop an earlier Norman ringwork castle, the solid mansion we see before us is the lasting legacy of Sir John Perrot. It didn’t fare too well during the Civil War. Once captured by Parliamentary forces after a siege, it was partially dismantled. less
Attraction type: Castles
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Llyn Brianne Dam and Reservoir
Llyn Brianne Dam and Reservoir(Nantgaredig)
Attraction type: Dams; Bodies of Water
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Paxton's Tower
Paxton's Tower
Attraction type: Observation Decks & Towers; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

The Warren
The Warren
Ranked #1 of 142 Restaurants in Carmarthen
Price: $1 - $19
Cuisines: Welsh, British, Healthy
Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Cinnamon
Cinnamon
Ranked #2 of 142 Restaurants in Carmarthen
Price: $13 - $40
Cuisines: Indian, Asian, Fusion, Balti, Bangladeshi
Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Cafe at No 4
Cafe at No 4
Ranked #3 of 142 Restaurants in Carmarthen
Cuisines: European, British, Welsh
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Y Polyn
Y Polyn
Ranked #4 of 142 Restaurants in Carmarthen
Price: $17 - $47
Cuisines: European, British, Welsh, Contemporary, Gastropub
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
The Butchers Arms
The Butchers Arms
Ranked #5 of 142 Restaurants in Carmarthen
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub, Welsh
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Cwm Ty Coed
Cwm Ty Coed
$32 - $128 (£24 - £96)
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The Red Lion Inn
The Red Lion Inn
$53 - $80 (£40 - £60)
Ranked #2 of 2 Llandyfaelog B&B and Inns
Tir Celyn B&B
3.0 of 5
Tir Celyn B&B
$49 - $100 (£37 - £75)
Ranked #7 of 23 Carmarthen B&B and Inns

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Spilman Hotel
3.0 of 5
Spilman Hotel
$103 - $120 (£77 - £90)
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Carmarthen
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Hollybrook Country Inn
4.0 of 5
Hollybrook Country Inn
$103 - $107 (£77 - £80)
Ranked #1 of 2 Bronwydd B&B and Inns
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Cilwen Country House Bed & Breakfast
Cilwen Country House Bed & Breakfast
$92 - $108 (£69 - £81)
Ranked #4 of 23 Carmarthen B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Glangwili Mansion
5.0 of 5
Glangwili Mansion
$131 - $191 (£98 - £143)
Ranked #1 of 1 Llanllawddog B&B and Inns
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The Old Dairy B&B
5.0 of 5
The Old Dairy B&B
$120 - $131
Ranked #1 of 2 Llandyfaelog B&B and Inns
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Bronhaul Farm Cottages
4.0 of 5
Bronhaul Farm Cottages
$62 - $148
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