Carmarthen (Welsh: Caerfyrddin) is the county town of Carmarthenshire in South Wales, UK.


Although the town lacks an abundance of tourist attractions, if your journey takes you past then consider taking a break here. There are some pleasant cafes, and the old town centre and its famous market are definitely worth a look. A twelfth century history book names the town as the birthplace of the wizard of Arthurian legend, Merlin. Consequently, there are a few 'Merlin' themed events and establishments in the town.

If you are coming in from Cardiff, Swansea or the Tenby area, Carmarthen will be the first place that you have the chance to often hear Welsh spoken on the street.

Get in

By road

From East: M4 to end, A48 the rest of the way. Parking is not exactly easy, though the car park behind the market is the most convenient for the shopping centre.

By train

There are many direct trains from London, Paddington though generally you will need to change at Swansea. Travel times from London are approximately 5 hours.

By bus

Get around

The town centre is small enough to easily get around on foot or bicycle.






There are some good B&Bs in a rural setting near Carmarthen as well as a number of hotels in the town.

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