Top 10 things to do in Carmarthen and surrounding area

1. Relax on a local beach

Just a short drive from Carmarthen town centre, Llansteffan has a picturesque beach overlooked by Llansteffan Castle – perfect for beach volleyball and a BBQ with friends!

Carmarthenshire is also home to more glorious beaches in addition to its beautiful green countryside, including Cefn Sidan in Pembrey, Pendine, Laugharne, Ferryside and the Millennium Coastal Park in Llanelli.

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2. Shop in St Catherine’s Walk

Carmarthen town’s shopping centre is home to the flagship Debenhams store, Next, Vision Express, Carphone Warehouse, Cotswold, Pizza Express, Frankie and Benny’s, Costa, Lush, H&M and a fully digital, 3D six-screen cinema, as well as many more shops and restaurants.

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3. Escape at the Lyric Theatre

This 1700s townhouse was transformed into a cinema in 1935. The building fell into disrepair and was repurposed as a theatre in the late‘80s before a final refurbishment in 2007.

The venue is able to accommodate breathtaking ballet and full-scale stage productions; it can also be converted into an intimate cabaret venue with candle-lit tables for exciting events such as comedy clubs, burlesque nights and small scale theatre.

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4. Visit Carmarthen Castle

The remains of the castle are located on a high terrace overlooking the tidal River Towy in the town centre.

Castle aficionados will also want to explore the equally medieval and spectacular Kidwelly Castle, just a short drive from Carmarthen.

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5. Enjoy a drink in the town centre

The town has many bars and restaurants in which to enjoy a meal and a drink. The Students’ Union also host student nights on campus.

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6. Watch some rugby

Carmarthen is home to both Carmarthen Quins RFC and Carmarthen Athletic RFC, with professional rugby team the Scarlets playing their home games just a short drive or train ride away in Llanelli.

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7. Discover the Dylan Thomas Boathouse

Poet, writer and broadcaster Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) lived at the Boathouse in Laugharne for the last four years of his life, and it is a truly remarkable place to visit.

The Boathouse terrace offers wonderful views of the Taf estuary and the Gower beyond, while the tearoom, with its locally-sourced, home-cooked menu, provides a welcome respite for walkers tackling the Wales Coast Path.

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8. Drink a milkshake in Yr Atom

UWTSD Carmarthen’s Welsh Centre has a café which offers a fantastic selection of food and drink including delicious milkshakes and hot chocolates.

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9. Browse Carmarthen Market

Carmarthen Market is a must-see place which has been around for more than 800 years. Although it dates back to Roman times, the market is situated in a modern, airy hall which houses a range of stalls selling everything from arts and crafts, antique and modern jewellery to locally produced meats, cheese, cakes, fruit and vegetables. Here you can find some of the best local produce in Wales.

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10. Love the great outdoors

Carmarthenshire, known as ‘The Garden of Wales’, is a haven for visitors looking to discover our traditions and culture, to explore our landscape and stories and taste the rich flavours of this special place.

There’s opportunity to experience sea kayaking and windsurfing, or explore Folly Farm and Oakwood in neighbouring Pembrokeshire.

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