Things To Do
Visit West Wales where there is plenty to do and see....
Carmarthenshire is steeped in myth and legend and home to some of the most authentic and atmospheric castles in Europe.
Some of Carmarthenshire's ancient ruins are so well preserved that it's like stepping back in time. The medieval magic of Carreg Cennen Castle is unforgettable when you climb up to the ruined ramparts of the late 13th century fortress and soak up the 60 mile panoramic views.
(50 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and 1 hour 10 mins from Tenby)
There is a magnificent 11th century castle at Kidwelly , (35 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and 54 mins from Tenby) while Dinefwr Castle stands high above the Tywi at Llandeilo. The biggest and most famous castle in Pembrokeshire is Pembroke Castle. In 1457 Henry Twdwr (Henry VII) was born here and was to become the first monarch of the Tudor dynasty.
(46 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and 23 mins from Tenby)
Carmarthenshire is known as the "Garden of Wales" and to reflect this we have named and themed one of our bedrooms at Cefnmeurig Cottage as the "Garden Room" "Ystafell yr Ardd" .
The National Botanic Garden of Wales is set in an 18th century estate and features a futuristic tear shaped glasshouse that maintains a year round Mediterranean climate, set in gardens that are maturing and developing season by season, year by year.
(30 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and 45 mins from Tenby).
Aberglasney Gardens is a hidden gem and one of the most remarkable restoration projects in the UK. (40 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and just under an hour from Tenby).
At the National Trust's Dinefwr Park, near Llandeilo, are acres of open parkland dominated by majestic trees and teeming with wildlife.
(44 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and about an hour from Tenby).
In Pembrokeshire, the gardens at Picton Castle are a delight. The bluebell displays in May are magical.
(About half an hour from Cefnmeurig Cottage and Tenby).
At Carmarthenshire County Museum the legend of Merlin the Magician is still very much alive. The legendary wizard is best known for his association with King Arthur and many of the stories concerning Merlin centre around the Roman town of Carmarthen. The most famous has to be the tale of the old oak tree which stood in the centre of town for centuries. Merlin had vowed that "When Merlin's tree shall tumble down, then shall fall Carmarthen town". The stump of the old oak can be found at the county museum, a fascinating treasure house and the perfect place to start the journey of discovery of the area's rich heritage. Merlin's fate is shrouded in mystery but he is believed to have been imprisoned for eternity in a cave about two miles out of town when one of his own spells was cast against him.
(20 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and 40 mins from Tenby).
Wool was historically the most important industry in Wales and the National Wool Museum in Drefach Felindre pays tribute to the textile trade by taking you on a most extraordinary journey through time.
(40 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage, an hour from Tenby)
Moving into the 20th Century and Pendine's Museum of Speed is home to a wonderful collection record breaking vehicles and racing memorabilia. At the heart of this dramatic building overlooking the beach is the story of the many attempts to break the land speed record.
(24 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and 30 mins from Tenby)
Tenby museum is well worth a visit, there are regular temporary exhibitions of well known artists.
If your family roots originate in Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and/or Cardiganshire then we can help you with a wealth of books and documents. Just let us know in advance and we'll get the information together for you. The local archive offices are also worth a visit, we have found the staff very helpful in the past.
It would be too ambitious to list all the activity that you are able to do in west Wales. There is such a variety, from craft based creative activities to the exhilarating and very physical Coasteering. The mountain biking trails at the heart of Brechfa Forest are among the best in the UK and include some white-knuckle rides for the serious boy and girl-racers.
(40 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and an hour from Tenby)
Water babies can choose canoeing, kayaking or rafting along the Teifi Valley. The river's rapids can be a real challenge, though you can opt for a more peaceful paddle along the coast.
(30 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and an hour from Tenby)
Or you can see it all on horse-back. There are horses to suit all abilities at the Marros Riding Centre and a wide range of equestrian-themed activities including beach rides, mountain hacks and woodland treks.
(27 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and 23 mins from Tenby)
The Morfa Bay Adventure centre in Pendine offers you a walk on the wildside. Activities include abseiling, coastal climbing, surfing, kayaking, caving, sand yachting, hill walking, assault courses and archery - to name but a few!
(20 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and 25 mins from Tenby)
Probably the best known attraction in west Wales is Oakwood Theme Park.
(28 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and 22 mins from Tenby). Great if you like scary rides. For something gentler and for younger children, Folly Farm is very popular. They have a petting zoo where you can feed the animals.
(25 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and 14 mins from Tenby)
For a challenging day out for all the family try Heathertons with activities such as paint balling, golf, archery, go- karting and a new tree top trail.
(34 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and 9 mins from Tenby).
The Blue Lagoon is a newly built water theme park with a range of aqua experiences.
(28 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and 21 mins from Tenby).
If you have a sweet tooth, a visit to Pemberton's Chocolate Factory is a must.
(13 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and 42 mins from Tenby)
Carmarthenshire's towns are friendly and full of interest. They're characterful too - you won't find an anonymous 'new town' in sight. What you will come across are small, specialised shops with big personalities, a refreshing antidote to the standardised, one-size-fits-all High Street shopping experience. Llandeilo is probably the best regarded for shopping. (40 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and about an hour from Tenby). In Pembrokeshire, Narberth is the best town for interesting small shops and cafes. (25 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and 22 mins from Tenby).
Eating and drinking...
Chic country pubs serving the finest local produce have put Carmarthenshire firmly on the culinary map. Y Polyn is probably the best known.
(30 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and 50 mins from Tenby).
Closest to Cefnmeurig is Jabajaks There's sewin from Tywi; salt marsh lamb from Laugharne; uniquely-flavoured Carmarthen Ham; wickedly crunchy Parsons Pickles, locally harvested laverbread; world-beating champion cheeses... and so much more to tantalise your taste-buds.
(7 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and 35 mins from Tenby).
In Tenby the Blue Ball Restaurant has proved the most popular with guests but there are plenty of others to choose from. Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire are renowned for a fine range of agricultural produce and its thriving local markets are a showcase for award-winning food and drink. You get a real sense of place at the bustling traditional market halls in Llanelli, Carmarthen and Tenby, packed full of character and goodies. Farmers markets are held at Haverfordwest and St Clears.