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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.
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.
- National Express operate coach services to Carmarthen from Blackpool, Birmingham and London (Victoria).
- The TrawsCambria service from Cardiff Bay to Aberystwyth calls at Carmarthen.
- First Cymru have a number of services to Carmarthen from a number of towns in the area, including Llanelli.
The town centre is small enough to easily get around on foot or bicycle.
- Carmarthen Market. The area around Carmarthen has been a magnet for the counter-culture since the 60s, and as a result, the town's market peddles an interesting mixture of traditional market goods and hippie hand-crafts. The market it open six days a week, though Wednesday and Saturday are market days and the best days to visit.
- 1 Carmarthen Castle. The ruins of the castle are located in the town centre.
- 2 Carmarthen County Museum, Abergwili (1.5 miles east of the town on the A40), ☏ . Open: Mon – Sat 10AM–4:30PM. A small museum displaying a wide range of artefacts representing the county's heritage.
- 3 National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, ☏ . This garden was created in the new millennium and features over 100,000 plants set in a 568 acre regency park. The gardens features the world's largest single span glass house.
- Brechfa mountain bike trails.
- 1 Carmarthen Golf Club, Blaenycoed Road, Carmarthen, SA336EH, ☏ . 18 hole par 71 course.
- Handcrafts at the market.
- The famous "Carmarthen Ham" at the Albert Rees butchers stall in the market.
- Carmarthen Farmers Market, Carmarthen Town Centre, held 1st Friday of every month.
- 1 St. Catherine's Walk Shopping Centre, 4 Saint Catherine Street, ☏ .
- 1 Cafe Iechyd da, 2b Jacksons Lane. Very enjoyable food - fresh locally sourced and organic. Vegetarian and Vegan. Relaxed and informal atmosphere.
- 2 Y Polyn, Capel Dewi, ☏ .
There are some good B&Bs in a rural setting near Carmarthen as well as a number of hotels in the town.
- 1 Allt y Golau Farmhouse (Ffermdy Allt y Golau), Allt y Golau Uchaf, Felingwm Uchaf, ☏ , email@example.com. Great Little Places of Wales award for the Best Farmhouse Breakfast in Wales
- 2 Dolwerdd B and B, Trevaughan Rd., Carmarthen, SA31 3QL (1 mile north of Carmarthen), ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. 4 star B and B 1 mile from Carmarthen.2 rooms. Free wifi. Off road parking. Cycle storage. £32.50 £65.
- St. Clears
- Kidwelly Castle in Kidwelly is about 8 miles from Carmarthen along the A484.
- The sea-side town of Laugharne was the home of Swansea born and world famous writer Dylan Thomas, and the boat-house where many of his verses were composed is a main attraction. Laugharne is 8 miles from Carmarthen.
- Swansea and the Gower Peninsula - Wales' city by the sea is 22 miles from Carmarthen. Follow A48, M4, exit 'Swansea West'.
- The quaint market town of Llandovery.
- The spectacular Carreg Cennen Castle in Trapp near Llandeilo.