Carmarthen and Swansea Bay Wales Holidays cottages
Published: Sunday 13th Oct 2013
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
Next time you stay in Wales, take the opportunity to explore Swansea and Gower and the Carmarthen region. Wales Cottage Holidays has some great cottages in the area, perfect for a relaxing visit.
Most of Gower is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with fabulous beaches such as Rhossili, Port Eynon and Oxwich. Visit Gower Heritage Centre, C16th Oxwich Castle, Perriswood Archery and Falconry Centre and C14th Weobley Castle.
Carmarthen on the River Tywi claims is probably the oldest town in Wales, a Roman fort from the first century. Visit Carmarthenshire County Museum at the Bishop’s Palace, the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Gwili Railway, Gwili Pottery. Laugharne is where Dylan Thomas lived out his days at the Boathouse (1949-53). In the middle of Llandovery are the remains of a Norman castle and an imposing monument to Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan. Visit the Roman Dolaucothi gold mine, Dan-yr-Ogof caves, Craig-y-nos Country Park. Near Llandeilo see Talley Abbey, Aberglasney House and Gardens, Dinefwr and Dryslwyn castles and Castell Carreg Cennen. To the south is Pembrey Country Park, Ffos Las Racecourse and the National Wetland Centre.
Swansea expanded in the C18th/19th but was bombed in 1941; it became a city in 1969. It boasts an award winning Maritime Quarter, the superb National Waterfront Museum, Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea Leisure Centre, Swansea Museum, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Plantasia, Cwmdonkin Park and Clyne Valley Country Park. East of Swansea, see C12th Neath Abbey, Aberdulais Falls, Margam Country Park, C12th Margam Abbey and C19th Castle. At Bridgend, visit Newcastle Castle (1106), Bryngarw Country Park and Ewenny Pottery. Glamorgan Heritage Coast stretches for 14 miles from Porthcawl past Ogmore to Aberthaw.