Believed to be the birthplace of the ancient wizard Merlin, Carmarthen is Wales’s oldest town. Located in the south west corner of Wales, the town is characterised by narrow cobbled streets lined with independent retailers and quaint cafés, along with branded stores and restaurant franchises in more recently constructed buildings – the ideal blend of tradition and modernity. The charming Guildhall Square in the very centre of Carmarthen is a hive activity, with the town clock standing proudly in the middle. For a town of relatively small size, Carmarthen has abundant supply of restaurants. Whether you’re looking to indulge in some traditional British fare or fancy something more exotic, you’ll never be more than a couple of minutes away from the next eatery.
In order to explore Carmarthen’s picturesque surrounding areas, a car is indispensable. Opt for a vehicle such as a hatchback that can cope well with rural roads.
Driving in Carmarthen
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Important things to note
A convenient Park and Ride service is in operation between the town centre and Nantyci to the west, from where you can catch a bus into Carmarthen itself.
The A48, which heads east out of the town, connects Carmarthen to the M4 motorway heading towards Cardiff and the border with England.
Some of the road signs in Carmarthen are written in both English and Welsh. The vast majority of locals speak English as their first language.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Carmarthen Market is well-known throughout Wales. Selling an array of local goods, from food and drink, to crafts and antiques, the market can be traced right back to Roman times. Stalls are open throughout the week, except Sundays.
Located a short drive away from Carmarthen, Kidwelly Castle is the perfect example of a typical Norman Castle. This well-preserved site is known for having been the location where the opening scenes of Monty Python and the Holy Grail were shot.
The town is also home to the Carmarthenshire County Museum, where culture vultures can marvel at the various artefacts that give insight into the region’s intriguing past. Entrance is free and visitors are also welcome to enjoy a pleasant stroll in the adjacent grounds.
A short drive away from Carmarthen, the Gower Peninsula is one of the most picturesque parts of Wales. Also nearby is the seaside town of Laugharne, which is famous for being the birthplace of celebrated Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.
Cardiff Airport is Carmarthen‚Äôs closest airport, situated approximately 70 miles away. The airport is serviced by both budget and standard airlines, offering flights to various European destinations as well as those further afield.
From Carmarthen, Cardiff Airport is best reached by car via the M4 motorway, which is connected to the A40 dual carriageway.