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County - West Wales | Map
Tel code: 01267 | code search
Postcode: SA31 | code search
Population: 15000
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Birthplace of:
Henry Richards
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The town existed well before the Normans, the Romans building a fort in AD 75-77 and a settlement developed. After the Romans departed it became a centre of the welsh community-there is evidence of a Celtic church dedicated to St.Teulyddog. The Normans under command of William fitz Baldwin arrived in 1094, although they decided against building within the old Roman fort but built a new Castle which overlooked the river. Originally known as Rhyd-y-Gors, the castle was destroyed and re-built several times. A community developed outside the Castle gates and received its first grant of privileges from Henry 1 in 1109. The original welsh settlement to the east was allowed to continue and fell under the control of St.John's priory by royal grant of Henry 11.

Therefore during the medieval period there were two Carmarthen's-an Anglo-Saxon borough below the castle and a native township around the old church of St Teulyddogs. In 1223 Carmarthen received a murage, the earliest known in Wales, and the area of the modern Guildhall, Quay St and Bridge Street was enclosed. It remained a small town with probably 150-180 burgages-of which about half could have been accommodated within the castle walls.

After Owain Glyndwr's attacks of 1403 and 1405 it was decided to extend the castle walls, and Henry V gave a grant of £20.00 towards the cost. Two streams formed a natural moat around the west and north walls , with a marsh in the John Street area which was not drained until the 17th Century. The castle wall ran from eastwards from the south-east tower of the castle above Dan-y-banc , then north-west crossing Spilman and King Street. The wall then went south-west down Wood's Row, passing through the lower end of Jackson's lane as far as the Dark gate in Lower Guildhall Square. It then went south following the former stream now covered by Blue St, then turning east to link with the South Tower of the castle. There were gates at the crossing of Spilman and King Street, at the end of Red Lion Yard leading into Chapel Street, at the bottom of Bridge and Quay Street.

In the 14th Century the population was probably 1000. In 1326 it was made a staple port with a license to deal in wool, pelts, leather, lead and tin and was an important vase for the emerging fishing industry. By the end of the 16th century the population had grown to 2250 with development taking place outside the walled area along Lammas street and Priory St. Carmarthen was the most populous town in Wales until the large scale urbaisation of the early 19th Century

Accountant

Bevan & Buckland
Eagle Accountancy
JF Financial Services Ltd
LH Phillips & Co - Carmarthen Accountants
Martin Waterworth Ltd
O’Brien & Partners

Attraction

Aberglasney
Carmarthen Heritage Centre
Carmarthenshire County Museum
Gwili Railway
Laugharne Castle
Museum of Speed
Museum of Welsh Woollen Industry
National Botanic Garden of Wales

Camping

Pendine Sands Holiday Park
Trawsmawr Y Cwm

Caravan Park

Ants Hill Caravan Park
Nine Acres Camping Caravan Park
Pendine Sands Holiday Park

Care Home

Glyncoed Care Home

Plas-y-Dderwen

Classes

Crafty Canine Training Club
Dance - Diane Dunbar Dancing School

Club

Savannah's

Cottage

Llecheigon Farmhouse
Love That Beach
The Coach House

Council

Carmarthenshire County Council

Dentist

Brynteg Dental Practice
Deintyddfar Capel Dental Practice
Dental Surgery
The Dental Practice

Doctor

Furnace House Surgery
Morfa Lane Surgery
St Peter's Surgery

Estate Agent

Clee Tompkinson and Francis
Cornerstones Lettings & Chartered Surveyors
Evans Peter & Co
Halifax Property Services - John Francis
Sarah MacBean Estate Agents

The Home Rental Company
Thomas Terry & Co

Golf Club

Carmarthen
Derllys Court

Health and Fitness Club

Curves Carmarthen

Holiday Park

Pendine Sands Holiday Park

Hostel

Pant-yr-Athro International Hostel

Inn

Boars Head Hotel
Drovers Arms Hotel
Falcon Hotel
Greenbridge Inn
Hollybrook Country Inn
Ivy Bush Royal Hotel
New Three Mariners
Spilman Hotel

Market

Carmarthen Country Market
Carmarthen Market

Performing Arts

B & C Jive

Pub and Bar

Butchers Arms Llanddarog
Diablo’s

Emlyn Arms
Halfway Inn
Mansel Arms
Stag & Pheasant
Tanners Arms
Three Salmons

Restaurant

Angel Vaults
Butchers Arms Llanddarog
Caban Y Dderwem
Diablo’s
Four Seasons Restaurant
Gatehouse
Ginger
New Three Mariners
Old Curiosity
Oriental Garden
Quayside Brasserie
Restaurant 7teen
Spread Eagle
Tafarn

Taj Balti
Thyme Bistro
Ty Mawr Country Hotel
Y Polyn

Self-Catering

The Pool House
Tycanol Lodge

Solicitor

Andrew Markham
Morris Roberts Solicitors
Pritchard Edwards

Taxi

Adrian Taxis
Chris Cars
Gemini Cars
Noel's Taxis
Paul's Taxis
Steves Taxis

Vet

Merlin Veterinary Group

Sports Clubs

Bronwydd CC (Cricket)
Carmarthen Judo Club (Martial Arts)
Carmarthen TC (Tennis)

Shops

Florabunda

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Boots
Natural Therapy Centre
Whittard of Chelsea
Newcare
Jones & Murphy
Evans & Wilkins
Johnny's
Carphone Warehouse
Haycock Studio
PC World
Pencae Mawr Traditional Farm Foods
S & J Organics
H Samuel
Peacocks
Edinburgh Woollen Mill
Rowlands Pharmacy
Specsavers
J J B Sports
Pets At Home
Gwalia Garage Services Shop
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Waverley Stores Health Food

Activities

Morfa Bay Adventure(Adventure)
Shaggy Sheep Adventure(Adventure)

Places to Stay near Carmarthen

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Dolwerdd B & B (0.43 miles)

Dolwerdd B & B

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Dolwerdd is a classic Georgian style house with many original features. Overlooking open countryside in a quite location, yet only one mile from the historic market town of Carmarthen. Ideally ... More

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Drovers Arms Hotel (0.49 miles)

Drovers Arms Hotel

Situated in the historic town of Carmarthen, this traditional inn offers calm and comfortable accommodation, all of which is en suite and equipped with standard facilities. Drovers Arms Hotel has recently been refurbished and the bar ... More | visit website

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Boars Head Hotel (0.55 miles)

Boars Head Hotel

The Boar's Head Hotel is a famous Coaching Inn, steeped in history and dating back to the early 17th Century. Today with the Wales Tourist Board 3*, it offers en-suite facilities in all bedrooms.

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Spilman Hotel (0.73 miles)

Spilman Hotel

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Originally built in 1840, this charming family-run hotel offers free Wi-Fi wireless internet access and free secure private parking, right in the very heart of the market town of Carmarthen. With a ... More

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Ivy Bush Royal Hotel (0.75 miles)

Ivy Bush Royal Hotel

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The Ivy Bush Royal commands a spectacular position at the gateway to West Wales. Welcomes business and leisure travellers to this beautiful part of the country in considerable style and comfort. The ... More

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Hollybrook Country Inn (2.80 miles)

Hollybrook Country Inn
In the heart of the beautiful Gwili Valley, this traditional family-run inn has a bar and a new extension housing a restaurant offering home-cooked food and 7, four star luxury en suite rooms. In a quiet ... More | visit website
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The Pool House (4.76 miles)

The Pool House

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Enjoying glorious views and the luxury of a private indoor swimming pool and sauna, this wing of a tranquil country house makes an ideal base for family ... More

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Ty Castell - Home of the Kingfisher (5.40 miles)

Ty Castell - Home of the Kingfisher
Closest Visit Wales 4 star accommodation offering evening meals, to The National Botanical Garden of Wales and the Historic Aberglasney Gardens 10 minutes away, boasting the best rates in the area offering its visitors hotel-style ... More | visit website
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Glangwili Mansion (6.40 miles)

Glangwili Mansion
Luxurious boutique property in this most beautiful part of South West Wales. Glangwili Mansion is the ideal location from which to explore a variety of visitor attractions including The National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Aberglasney ... More | visit website
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Plas Alltyferin (6.92 miles)

Plas Alltyferin
A classic Georgian Country House lying in the hills above the beautiful Towy Valley, overlooking a Norman hillfort, the River Cothi - famous for salmon and sea trout, and its own private cricket pitch. ... More

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