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The Gardens of Wales, Towy Valley, Mountain Biking, Gold Mines and more.....

Aberglasney Gardens

Carmarthenshire, is known locally as the Garden of Wales.

With Aberglasney Gardens and the National Botanical Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire is a horticulturists delight. Both attractions are within a short drive of each other and situated close to the Towy Valley, an outstanding natural feature in itself.

National Botanical Garden of Wales

The Towy Valley has played an important role in the history of Carmarthenshire, with stories of Merlin the Wizard having been a frequent visitor, the Romans and their Gold Mine at Dolaucothi and the still visible grand houses which belonged to the rich merchants of the County. There are also the remains of several ruined castles along the valley floor, built on rocky outcrops that rise suddenly from the ground.



Carreg Cennen Castle

To the north of the Towy Valley you will find Brechfa Mountain and the famous Brechfa Forests. Now a favorite haunt for many mountain bikers - some of the best forest runs in Wales can be found in the woodlands around Brechfa and if biking is not your thing, the scenery is pretty spectacular also.

Further east is the Cothi Valley where you will find the Dolaucothi Gold Mine. The mine is now a tourist attraction and is owned and run by the National Trust.
The Cothi Valley is stunning with great rolling hills and deep wooded valley's, head off the beaten track here and you will find long forgotten villages and quaint local pubs.


Milenium Coast Park

South Carmarthenshire is the place to head for huge sandy beaches and extreme sports.

At Pendine you will find a huge seven miles of flat sand - this is the beach that Malcolm Campbell and J.G. Parry-Thomas broke the world land speed record many times during the 1920's. BBC's Top Gear have also been known to pay Pendine a few visits over the years. You never know, you might just bump in to Jeremy Clarkson whilst buying an ice cream here.

East of Pendine and over the Towy River you will find the Millennium Coastal Park. The Park offers a traffic-free cycling track/footpath, a links golf course, Burry Port and Pembre harbor, the National Wetlands Centre for Wales plus the Millennium Quay and the Discovery Centre.

Carmarthen Town

Principal towns in Carmarthenshire incluce Carmarthen and Newcastle Emlyn.

Carmarthen is situated in the center of Carmarthenshire and was once a Roman stronghold. Today it is a community hub and busy shopping town with a good selection of local and national shops. There are also many cafe's, restaurants and pubs.



Newcastle Emlyn Castle

Newcastle Emlyn is situated to the north west of the County and is a large Market town. Regular markets and marts are held in the town every week. There is a ruined castle and some fine georgian and victorian architecture to be found around the towns center. Newcastle Emlyn once harboured some 27+ public houses along its high street, there are no longer so many pubs as some are now Restaurants and Cafe's.





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