The story of Aberglasney and its gardens spans many centuries, but its origins are shrouded in mystery. This intimate ‘garden lost in time’ is both enchanting and inspiring, combining historic garden structures with sympathetic design and planting. Aberglasney packs an amazing amount into its intimate spaces. You can explore the ancient formal gardens with their pools, parapets, cloisters and arches, and then discover the rare and exciting plants that are turning the rest of Aberglasney into a plantsman’s paradise. Again a short drive away from LLanfynydd, A good way to spend an afternoon.
The National Botanical Garden of Wales is just a short drive from Stangwrach. It is one of the first national botanic gardens to be created in the new millennium. It is the most visited garden in Wales and is helping to conserve some of the rarest plants in the world. This is an interesting day out for the family. Those particularly interested in horticulture should not miss the opportunity to take a look. There is lots going on so check out the web site before you arrive at Stangwrach. If you are a group more than 10 you may be able to get a visitors discount. Powered wheel chairs also available at the gardens.
Dryslwyn Castle stand proud over looking the river Towy This is a great place for kids to explore and a good vantage point to look over the valley and watch the sun set or sun rise. Only a short drive from Llanfynydd, Ash Tree Cottage and Stangwrach Cottage, it's great as an evening trip to wear the children out before bedtime. If you are feeling energetic you could even get the bikes out and ride to the castle and make an afternoon of it with packed lunch. It's all down hill from the lodge, but bear in mind to save some energy for the steeper climb back home. Better still get some one to collect you and your bike by car.
Dinefwr Park is a short drive from the village of Llanfynydd on the outer rim of the historical town of Llandeilo. At the heart of Welsh history for a thousand years, Dinefwr Park took shape in the years after 1775, when the medieval castle, house, gardens, woods and deer park were integrated into one vast and breathtaking landscape. Footpaths through the park lead to the castle, deer park and woods, which have outstanding views of the Towy Valley. Badger watching can also be arranged at the park from the especially adapted hide.
These unique gold mines, last worked in 1938, are set amid wooded hillsides overlooking the beautiful Cothi Valley. The Romans who exploited the site almost 2000 years ago left behind a complex of pits, channels, adits and tanks. Mining resumed in the 19th century and continued through the 20th century, reaching a peak in 1938. Guided tours take visitors through the Roman and the more recent underground workings. Gold panning gives visitors the opportunity to experience the frustrations of the search for gold. This is a good half-day tripe for the whole family.
There are few castles in Wales, which can boast a more spectacular location than Carreg Cennen. Its stout, weather-beaten ruins crown a precipitous limestone crag overlooking the remote Black Mountain in the western corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park. There is only one way up, a steep, grassy hill protected by a complicated system of defences. Approach from the opposite direction is impossible, for the castle sits the edge of a sheer 100-mtr cliff. A visit is an adventure below as well as above ground. A passageway cut into the cliff face leads to a natural cave, which may well have been inhabited in prehistoric times.
In period houses across Wales re-enactments are a great way to become caught up in history, great for kids and grown ups. Last year the Sealed Knot staged a battle in Dinefwr Park and it was spectacular. Sealed Knot battle re-enactments are colourful, exciting and above all realistic - the roar of the cannon, cavalry dashing across the field, thousands of soldiers clashing in battle, the colourful standards, the smoke and the noise of the drums - this is the Sealed Knot - vividly bringing to life the battles that helped shape our nation. Carmarthen also holds the Merlin festival where you can see knights in armour.
Llansteffan Castle is an impressive, dramatically sited stronghold crowning a hilltop overlooking the estuary of the River Tywi. This is a lovely trip for an afternoon evening run. Children can enjoy the open space for flying their kites, playing in the sand and collecting shells. The more energetic amongst you can make their way through the woods up to the castle. Depending on the time of year this is also a good place for a bag of chips, and there is nothing better than mum having an evening off cooking. The little end cottage, converted into a cafe also makes some great cakes and a cappuccino to die for after a long walk.
Dinnefwr Castle (sometimes anglicized as Dynevor) is a Welsh castle overlooking the River Tywi near the town of Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, West Wales. It lies on a ridge on the northern bank of the Tywi, with a steep drop of several hundred feet to the river. This is a great place to explore. You have wide-open space, wooded walks, and the ruins of a fantastic castle to explore. A great afternoon trip with a picnic and welli boots. Only seven miles from LLanfynydd village, Ash Tree Lodge and of course the cosy Stangwrach Cottage. A great place for the kids to run wild and the photography enthusiast.
12 miles from Stangwrach
Family entertainment with street entertainers, magicians, traditional fun fair, Mardi Gras-style parade, vivid storytellers, medieval re-enactors, animal displays, local arts & crafts marquee, a Welsh "food hero's" exhibition, live music as well as the death defying Vander Brothers stuntmen... Loads of entertainment based on myths & legends fills the streets during the day with late afternoon and evening activities held in the lovely setting of Carmarthen Park. Summer dates - location Carmarthen town centre and Park
Laugharne is more than just the town where Dylan Thomas lived, much more. It is an ancient town steeped in history sitting on the estuary of the River Taf. What was once a busy port is now popular with writers, artists, tourists, anglers and bird watchers. And overlooking the estuary are the dramatic ruins of a Norman Castle. The famous Dylan Thomas Boathouse was also in laugharne were he spent the last four years of his life during which time many major pieces of work were written - including Under Milk Wood.
Set in a 450 acre mosaic of lakes, pool and lagoons created on the scenic Burry Inlet, Llanelli Wetland Centre is home to many hundreds of wild and resident species. Explore the site by bicycle or, in the warmer months, take a jungle explorer-style tour by canoe. Water vole city and our Millennium discovery centre are also unmissable attractions.
WWT National Wetland Centre Wales
Llwynhendy, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire.SA14 9SH T: 01554 741087
Stangwrach, Ash Tree and Gardener's Cottage are situated in an unsurpassed location with acres of beautiful gardens in an idyllically peaceful setting with glorious views.
Stangwrach, Llanfynydd Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales, SA32 7TG