Located at the end of the Amman Valley with a population of over 5,000, the town is 8 miles south of Llandeilo. Its history dates back to the early C19th century when coaching inns and taverns were developed to serve travellers on the highways in the area that converged here and the community was known by the name of one of these - Cross Inn. The name was changed to Ammanford in1880 to avoid confusion with another village in Carmarthenshire called Cross Inn.
The advent of the Industrial Revolution changed a quiet and tranquil agricultural community to a bustling town based on coal mining. Mining is no longer a feature of the area and today the town serves as a gateway to rural Carmarthenshire to the north and west. Ammanford has a station on the Heart of Wales line and a trip on one of the little single coach trains to Llandeilo, Llangadog, Llandovery and onto Craven Arms and Shrewsbury makes a superb day out.