Llandeilo-nestled in the Towy Valley, Carmathenshire and on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Llandeilo has an excellent range of independently owned shops and its own award winning brewery, Evan-Evans.the Llandeilo Gospel Book,, a beautifully illuminated biblical manuscript from the 8th century, can be seen in St Teilo Church. The town has the largest single arch bridge in Wales (145ft, 44 metres) Both are owned by the National trust. Visitors will hear Welsh widely spoken in the town.
Dinefwr is a National Nature Reserve, home to an historic house and 18th-century landscape park, enclosing a medieval deer park. Dinefwr Park is one of the most illustrious places in Welsh history, a stunning 800 acre estate on the outskirts of the old farming town of Llandeilo. A Sight of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the only parkland National Nature Reserve (NNR) in Wales, Dinefwr Park is a microcosm of Welsh heritage and natural history.
The estate slopes down to the level fields forming the Tywi floodplain where small lakes on the plain edges add more beauty and interest to the landscape.
Dinefwr boasts a vast and diverse range of habitats and environment. From flower rich hay meadows to dense woodland, wide open spaces to bog woods and wet meadows. Each providing vital habitats for a range of species and playing a crucial role in Britain’s biodiversity.
Built in 1660, you can still find traces of the original Newton House on a visit to the Dinefwr estate. Most of what you see of the grand building today dates back to the 1850s, when it was given a fashionable Gothic facelift, with stone cladding and four impressive turrets. Newton House is so called because in medieval times, when Wales was being anglicised by English rule, a new town was built as a place for the English to trade. This ‘New Town’ was located where Newton House now stands.
Dinefwr Castle not only occupies a place of great affection in the minds and traditions of the Welsh people but also majestic hilltop locations above the Tywi valley. The site is forever associated with the princes of Deheubarth, the kingdom in south-west Wales. Over time the castle changed hands between the princes of Deheubarth and gradually evolved into formidable fortresses. It eventually fell to the English Crown from 1287, serving as centres of royal administration and authority.
Aberglasney Gardens have been an inspiration to poets since 1477. The story of Aberglasney spans many centuries, but, the house’s origins are still shrouded in obscurity. It is a Grade II* listed building.
Carreg Cennen Castle.
Carreg Cennen is a haunting, atmospheric castle that appears to spring out of legend and fairytale. There are few castles in Wales which can boast a more spectacular location. Its stout, weatherbeaten ruins crown a sheer limestone crag overlooking the remote Black Mountain (Mynydd Du) and the River Cennen in the western corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park, around four miles southeast of Llandeilo. If you have a torch, take a trip down the underground tunnel to see the natural cave in the rock under the castle.
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Garn Goch Iron Age Hill Fort
One of the largest Iron Age forts in the whole of Wales, Garn Goch is an unforgettable place that brings the power and ingenuity of the Iron Age to life. Garn Goch, a major Iron Age settlement site near the town of Llandeilo, nowadays feels quiet and remote. However approximately 2500 years ago this hilltop would have been a thriving centre, where people lived and worked, food was grown and goods were produced and were traded. Its large stone defences, a large rubble bank today, once stood as stone-faced ramparts 10m high and 5m thick, and would have offered protection from natural dangers such as wild wolves and against other humans during periods of warfare.
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-Don’t forget to visit the National Botanic Gardens of Wales whilst you’re here, which can be found just 20 mins by car south west of Llandeilo. Here you’ll find an inspiring range of themed gardens, the world’s largest single-span glasshouse, play areas and a national nature reserve, all set in a Regency landscape which provides the stage for a packed programme of events and courses throughout the year.
Where to Stay
Hammden Llety Mieri-Three cosy single-storey stone country cottages nestling in the peaceful, unspoilt countryside of the Towy Valley and overlooked by the twelfth century Dinefwr Castle. In an idyllic rural setting, two miles from the historic and quirky town of Llandeilo, it is an ideal base for exploring the Brecon Beacons National Park, the beaches of West Wales and the splendid gardens of the Towy valley.
The Plough Inn -You can enjoy beautiful views of the Brecon Beacons from all of our well-appointed en-suite rooms, furnished with everything you would expect for your stay – queen sized beds, free wifi, sofas and disabled facilities – all impeccably serviced with our attention to detail.
Where to Eat
The Plough Inn, Rhosmaen-A traditional Welsh welcome awaits you in our AA rosette award winning restaurant. Excellent local fayre is prepared by our team of professional chefs offering a varied menu to suit all tastes, including gluten free. Our menus offer seasonal variations and range from our very popular lunch specials, afternoon teas, traditional bar meals and a la carte dining. To accompany your meal we have a selection of local ales and an extensive wine list for you to enjoy. The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and professional and will provide the perfect dining experience. More here
The Angel, Llandeilo-exciting, eclectic yet affordable menu with a relaxed welcoming atmosphere in the former Victorian built public house
On Llandeilos high street you can find Rosetta Coffee Shop and Eaterie with the new wine bar ‘The Loft’ found above.
Forests and Woodland
OS grid reference: SN641217
Nearest town: Llandeilo
How to get there: The wood is off Bethlehem Road, south-east of Llandeilo.
Managed by: Woodland Trust
Coed Tregib is a beautiful site set within a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. Ancient woodland (predominantly oak and ash), grassland and new native woodland are the prominent features. Wetland plants are supported within the wood, and dormice have been recorded at this site.