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Carmarthen (Welsh: Caerfyrddin) is the county town of Carmarthenshire in South Wales, UK.


Although the town lacks an abundance of tourist attractions, if your journey takes you past then consider taking a break here. There are some pleasant cafes, and the old town centre and its famous market are definitely worth a look. A twelfth century history book names the town as the birthplace of the wizard of Arthurian legend, Merlin. Consequently, there are a few 'Merlin' themed events and establishments in the town.

If you are coming in from CardiffSwansea or the Tenby area, Carmarthen will be the first place that you have the chance to often hear Welsh spoken on the street.

Get in

By road

From East: M4 to end, A48 the rest of the way. Parking is not exactly easy, though the car park behind the market is the most convenient for the shopping centre.

By train

There are many direct trains to 1 Carmarthen station from London Paddington though generally you will need to change at Swansea. Travel times from London are approximately 5 hours.

By bus

  • National Express operate coach services to Carmarthen from Blackpool, Birmingham and London Victoria.
  • The TrawsCambria service from Cardiff Bay to Aberystwyth calls at Carmarthen.
  • First Cymru have a number of services to Carmarthen from a number of towns in the area, including Llanelli.

Get around

The town centre is small enough to easily get around on foot or bicycle.


  • 1 Carmarthen Castle. The ruins of the castle are located in the town centre.  
  • 2 Carmarthen County Museum, Abergwili, SA31 2JG (1.5 miles east of the town on the A40), ☏ +44 1267 228696. Open: Mon – Sat 10AM–4:30PM. A small museum displaying a wide range of artefacts representing the county's heritage.  
  • 3 National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, ☏ +44 1558 667149. This garden was created in the new millennium and features over 100,000 plants set in a 568 acre regency park. The gardens features the world's largest single span glass house.  


  • Brechfa mountain bike trails. 
  • 1 Carmarthen Golf Club, Blaenycoed Road, Carmarthen, SA336EH, ☏ +44 1267 281588. 18 hole par 71 course. 
  • 2 Gwili Railway, Abergwili Junction. Welsh heritage railway that operates a standard gauge preserved railway line (updated May 2017)


  • Handcrafts at the market.
  • The famous "Carmarthen Ham" at the Albert Rees butchers stall in the market.
  • Carmarthen Market. The area around Carmarthen has been a magnet for the counter-culture since the 60s, and as a result, the town's market peddles an interesting mixture of traditional market goods and hippie hand-crafts. The market it open six days a week, though Wednesday and Saturday are market days and the best days to visit. 
  • Carmarthen Farmers Market, Carmarthen Town Centre, held 1st Friday of every month.
  • 1 St. Catherine's Walk Shopping Centre, 4 Saint Catherine St, SA31 1GA, ☏ +44 1267 243040. 


  • 1 Cafe Iechyd da, 2b Jacksons Lane. Very enjoyable food - fresh locally sourced and organic. Vegetarian and Vegan. Relaxed and informal atmosphere. 
  • 2 Y Polyn, Capel Dewi, ☏ +44 1267 290000. 



There are some good B&Bs in a rural setting near Carmarthen as well as a number of hotels in the town.

  • 1 Allt y Golau Farmhouse (Ffermdy Allt y Golau), Allt y Golau Uchaf, Felingwm Uchaf, ☏ +44 1267 290455, ✉ alltygolau@btinternet.com. Great Little Places of Wales award for the Best Farmhouse Breakfast in Wales 
  • 2 Dolwerdd B and B, Trevaughan Rd., Carmarthen, SA31 3QL (1 mile north of Carmarthen), ☏ +44 1267 237222, ✉ dolwerdd@btinternet.com. 4 star B and B 1 mile from Carmarthen.2 rooms. Free wifi. Off road parking. Cycle storage. £32.50 £65. 
  • 3 The Spilman Hotel, 36 Spilman Street, ☏ +44 1267 237037. 
  • 4 Llwyn Helyg, Llanarthne SA32 8HJ (off B4300 nine miles east of Carmarthen), ☏ +44 1558 668778. Excellent small B&B, no children under 16 or dogs. B&B double from £140. (updated Jun 2020)

Go next

  • St. Clears
  • Kidwelly Castle in Kidwelly is about 8 miles from Carmarthen along the A484.
  • The sea-side town of Laugharne was the home of Swansea born and world famous writer Dylan Thomas, and the boat-house where many of his verses were composed is a main attraction. Laugharne is 8 miles from Carmarthen.
  • Swansea and the Gower Peninsula - Wales' city by the sea is 22 miles from Carmarthen. Follow A48, M4, exit 'Swansea West'.
  • The quaint market town of Llandovery.
  • The spectacular Carreg Cennen Castle in Trapp near Llandeilo.

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