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. Aside from industry, Llanelli is also renowned for its pottery, which has a unique cockerel hand-painted on each item. A collection of this pottery can bee seen at the Llanelli Museum in Parc Howard.
Llanelli is a base for visiting scenic areas such as the Millennium Coastal Path and Pembrey Country Park.
Llanelli remains industrial, and is a commuter town for Swansea 10 miles east; its population in 2019 was estimated to be 26,000. Llanelli people are sometimes nicknamed "Turks", for uncertain reasons. One theory is that many Turkish sailors once called at the port on their voyages.
Pembrey Airport, 7 km from the town, serves private flights only.
Llanelli is linked with the M4 motorway via the A4138, and with Swansea via the Loughor Bridge on the A484.
Llanelli is served by regular local bus services between Swansea and Carmarthen and National Express Coaches between many major UK destinations.
- 1 Llanelli railway station, Great Western Crescent, SA15 2RN (south of the town centre). A station with trains to London, Cardiff, Swansea, Carmarthen, Tenby etc. Around £60 to London Paddington.
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.
The town has a small network of bike paths, though they may not always take you on the most direct route. The town connects with Routes 4 and 47 of the National Cycle Network. Opposite the railway station is a Brompton foldable bike hiring facility.
Buses in Llanelli are operated by First Cymru. Tickets can be bought on board or via the First Bus app. Cash, card, and contactless are accepted on board. You can be fined for not having a ticket. Discounts up to 30% are available for 16-21 year olds carrying a mytravelpass card. Buses to Swansea run quite reliably. Local services stop late into the evening.
Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs) in Llanelli are licensed by Carmarthenshire County Council. They are few and far between; even getting one from the railway station can be a challenge. If you must get one, your best bet is to book in advance.
Taxi ranks are available in the town centre near the Ffwrnes Theatre, though these are regularly empty.
You are unlikely to get scammed using a licensed taxi in Llanelli. If you feel you have been, or you want to complain for another reason, note down the registration and contact the Council. For more information, Taxi and PHV licensing conditions can be found here[dead link].
- 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, ☏ . Temporarily closed due to fire. A Georgian townhouse built in 1714, restored in 2013 now used for events and a bistro.
- 3 Parc Howard Museum, Felinfoel Rd (in the grounds of Park Howard). Temporarily closed. The museum houses a collection of Llanelli Pottery, various pieces of art and material related to the history of the town.
- Stepney Street (town centre). Pedestrianised area with many amenities nearby, including a high street, cinema, theatre, restaurants, indoor market, pubs, hotels, a railway and a bus station. It’s not very lively, though events are held year-round, so be sure to check the schedule.
- 1 Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli, SA14 9UZ. Rugby stadium home to the Scarlets, one of Wales’ most successful teams. It holds a capacity of almost 15,000 with hospitality options. Booking tickets for the N11 stands will offer you an authentic experience watching the ‘Turks’ Usually ~£30 for adults, ~£15 for young adults and under £10 for children. Tickets can be bought online, over the phone, or at the stadium’s ticket office.
- 2 Theatr Ffwrnes (Ffwrnes Theatre), Park Street, Llanelli, SA15 3YE, ☏ , email@example.com. Modern, state-of-the-art theatre located in the heart of the town hosting a range of shows, film screenings, gigs and the like. Check out the website to see what’s playing.
- 3 Machynys Peninsula Golf Club & Premier Spa, Nicklaus Avenue, Machynys, SA15 2DG (15 minutes from the M4 motorway, junction 48.), ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- Walk the Heart of Wales Line Trail from Llanelli to Pontarddulais railway station.
The town centre offers a wide range of stores with many national chains represented.
- 1 Llanelli Market (Marchnad Llanelli), SA15 1YH. M-Sa 8:30AM-5PM.
- 2 Parc Trostre (accessible from junction 48 of M4; follow A4138 to Llanelli for 4 miles until reach the roundabout). M-Sa 8AM-8PM, Su 11AM-5PM. An out-of-town retail park. M&S, Boots, TK Maxx, B&Q (one of the largest in Wales), Pets at home, Dreams, Tesco Extra, Costa, Pizza Hut, Subway, KFC, McDonald's, and WHSmith.
- 3 Parc Pemberton. An out-of-town retail park. Morrisons, The Range, Argos Extra, Curry’s, The Food Warehouse, Halfords, Costa, Dunelm.
- 4 St Elli’s Shopping Centre (Canolfan Siopa St Elli) (next to the town centre, near Llanelli Bus Station), toll-free: , email@example.com. M-Sa 8AM-6PM, Su 10AM-4PM. An indoor shopping centre. Includes national chains such as the Card Factory, Peacocks, Gregg’s, Sports Direct, Poundland, and a large Asda.
- 1 Dhamis Original Fishbar, 41-43 Station Rd, ☏ .
- 2 The Halfmoon, 71 Wern Rd, ☏ .
- 3 Jenkins Bakery, 49 Thomas Street, SA15 3JE (town centre). South Wales’ answer to Gregg’s, this local bakery operates many stores in and beyond the town. Sit down and enjoy a traditional Welsh Rarebit with a coffee.
- 4 The Bridge, Bridge Street, Llangennech (catch the train to Llangennech and walk straight down Heol y Parc; or follow the A484 to the B4297 in Llangennech), firstname.lastname@example.org. A pub in the nearby village of Llangennech which is well known for its carvery. £11.95 for an adult carvery.
- 5 Bryn Breakfast, 6-8 Penllwyngwyn Rd, Bryn, Llanelli SA14 9UF (catch the L3 or L7 bus toward Pontarddulais which stop right outside the cafe). This family-run cafe offers breakfast that's a little more upmarket than a usual greasy spoons, though the prices are still good. Lunch options such as burgers and curries are also available. £6.50 for a regular English breakfast and £2.95 for a cappuccino.
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.
- 2 The York Palace, Wetherspoons (south west down Stepney Street, opposite the town council building). M-Th 8AM-midnight, F Sa 8AM-1AM, Su 8AM-midnight. Built in an old cinema, this relatively large Wetherspoons offers what you’d expect from the chain: cheap drinks and mediocre food. It is one of the more livelier places on the weekends. £3 for a pint.
- 3 The Metropolitan Bar (MetBar), ☏ . An old bar turned nightclub. It can attract a large, mixed-age crowd on weekends. It’s quite dingy and drinks are relatively cheap. There’s a large dance floor along with karaoke and a courtyard to sit outside. Admission is under £5, cash only.
- 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. £150-650/week.
- 2 Llwynifan Farm, Llangennech, ☏ . Caravan site.
- 3 Dan-y-Cwarre Farmhouse (Bed & Breakfast), Five Roads, ☏ , email@example.com. 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 Best Western Diplomat Hotel, Felinfoel, ☏ .
The town has good 4G coverage. 5G is available in some areas too. Most eateries offer free Wi-Fi. Alternatively you can buy cheap SIM cards from most shops.
- 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 - 2 km² (500 acres) of parkland 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.
|Routes through Llanelli|
|Carmarthen ← merges with ←||W E||→ Swansea → Cardiff|
|Burry Port ← Kidwelly ←||W E||→ Port Talbot → Swansea|