Llanelli is a large town in Carmarthenshire that sums up everything that South Wales was historically about. Rugby Union, religious nonconformity, proud preservation of the Welsh language, metal-bashing of steel for car production and tinplate for tin cans - and brownfield desolation when this industry declined. Llanelli remains industrial, and is a commuter town for Swansea 10 miles east; its population in 2011 was 49,591. It hasn't developed many tourist attractions of its own but is a base for visiting scenic areas such as the Millennium Coastal Path and Pembrey Country Park.
Pembrey Airport is 7 km from the town - private flights only.
The town is linked to the M4 motorway via the A4138.
Llanelli is served by regular local bus services between Swansea and Carmarthen and National Express Coaches between many major UK destinations.
Llanelli railway station is on Great Western Crescent south of the town centre. The station is connected to Fishguard and Swansea along the West Wales Line. The station is also on the Heart of Wales Line, which links the town to Mid Wales and Shrewsbury.
Llanelli is connected to the National Cycle Network from the north on NCR 43, and along the coast from the east and west on NCR 4. These routes are directly connected to the town centre via a cycle path.
Walking is the best way to get around Llanelli as it is not a large city like Swansea.
- 1 WWT National Wetlands Centre, Llwynhendy, ☏ . A wetland nature reserve managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. It is about 1 km from the town.
- 2 Llanelly House, Bridge Street, ☏ . M - F 09:00 - 17:00. Su 10:00 - 16:00. An Georgian townhouse built in 1714, restored in 2013 now used for events and a bistro.
- 3 Park Howard Museum, Felinfoel Rd (in the grounds of Park Howard). The museum houses a collection of Llanelli Pottery, various piecs of art and material related to the history of the town.
- 4 Stradey Park. Home to the Scarlets, a professional rugby union team in the Pro12 league, that have a very strong rugby history. The Scarlets have moved to their new ground Parc y Scarlets near Pemberton, yet Stradey Park is very much the home of the Scarlets, even if they don't play there any more.
- 1 Machynys Peninsula Golf Club & Premier Spa, Nicklaus Avenue, Machynys, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA15 2DG (15 minutes from the M4 motorway, junction 48.), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. A picturesque course with stunning views over Carmarthen Bay and the Gower Peninsula and including 25 acres of salt and fresh water lakes. 18 holes, 7051 yds, Par 72, Standard scratch score 75. Visitors welcome. Booking required. Handicap certificate. Dress code.
The town centre offers a wide range of stores with many national chains represented.
- 1 Parc Trostre. An out-of-town retail park. M&S, JJB, Next, Boots, New look, Currys, Brantanos, Halfords, Carpet Right, Outfit, TK Maxx, Debenhams, Carphone Warehouse, First Choice Hypermarket, B&Q (one of the largest in Wales), Pets at home, Dreams and Tesco Extra, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, Subway, KFC, McDonald's, and WHSmith.
- 2 Parc Pemberton. An out-of-town retail park. Morrisons, Homebase, Argos Extra.
There are numerous pubs in Llanelli. The main clubs and bars for the younger generations are Tom Peppers, and Le Caprice, and there are tens of other pubs that would be frequented by the local crowd, especially on a Friday and Saturday night.
- 1 Felinfoel brewery, Farmers Row, ☏ . The famous brewery is in the village of Felinfoel 1 mile N of the town. Try the Double Dragon draught.
- 1 Trepartridge Cottage, Trimsaran Road, ☏ . Check-in: Sa 3PM, check-out: Sa 10AM. Self catering cottage sleeps 6 quiet location yet within short distance to llanelli, new Ffos Las racecourse, Pembrey country park. Short breaks, dogs welcome, ample parking. £150 -£650pw.
- 2 Llwynifan Farm, Llangennech, ☏ . Caravan site.
- 3 Dan-y-Cwarre Farmhouse (Bed & Breakfast), Five Roads, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. This 3-star self-catering farmhouse sleeping 20 is in the village of Five Roads. Free Wi-Fi, ample off road parking, cycle/kit storage. 10 minutes from coast, overlooking Ffos Las Racecourse. Weekend bookings available. from £800 per week.
- 4 Gateway Caravan Park, Bynea, ☏ . On the Millennium Coast overlooking the Burry Inlet in south Carmarthenshire between Swansea and Llanelli.
- 5 Southmead Guesthouse, 72 Queen Victoria Road, ☏ .
- 6 The Waun Wyllt Inn, Horeb Road, Five Roads, ☏ .
- 7 Hotel Miramar, 156/158 Station Road, ☏ , fax: .
- 8 Premier Inn Llanelli Central East, Llandafen Road, SA14 9BD, ☏ .
- 9 Stradey Park Hotel, Furnace, ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. An independently owned 4-star Visit Wales-assessed hotel. Samphires Restaurant on-site, an upmarket Welsh/British restaurant.
- 10 Best Western Diplomat Hotel, Felinfoel, ☏ .
- The Millennium Coastal Path - a path that runs along the 21 km of coastline from Loughor to Pembrey. It offers panoramic views of the Gower Peninsula and traffic-free cycling opportunities.
- Pembrey Country Park - a 2 km² (500 acres) of parkland situated on the outskirts of the town; it includes the 13-km-long Cefn Sidan Beach. Near Burry Port
- Kidwelly Castle, Kidwelly. (approx. 16 km/10 miles west of Llanelli).
- Burry Port Marina (approx. 8 km/5 miles west of Llanelli).
- National Botanic Garden of Wales (approx. 16 km/10 miles north of Llanelli) near Carmarthen.
- Swansea and the Gower Peninsula - a 30-minute drive.
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