Local attractions in Llandovery
Dolaucothi Gold Mines – National Trust.
Gold mines in use from Roman times to the 20th century. Unique Roman gold mine set amid wooded hillsides. Guided tours of the underground workings and exhibition on gold. Opportunities to experience the frustration of gold panning. Splendid views of the beautiful Cothi Valley and three estate walks. New exhibition on mining history. Visit their web site…
Welcome to the National Botanic Garden of Wales, the first national botanic garden to be created in the new millennium. 2009 is our ninth birthday.
In such a short time, we have developed into one of the most fascinating gardens in the UK. Already we have the most visited garden in Wales, we were voted number 1 wonder of Wales by the Western Mail and are helping to conserve some of the rarest plants in the world. Visit their web site…
Carreg Cennen Castle is one of the few remaining privately owned Castles in Wales. Spell-binding views are waiting to be experienced from the sharp hilltop upon which the castle sits. Indeed, Carreg Cennen Castle dominates its surroundings, and seems out of place in the mountainous farming terrain which it commands. The hedgerows along the minor approach road initially obscure views of the site, but suddenly the grey stone fortress springs into your line of sight, enticing you to hurry onwards. Visit their web site…
Cycling in the Tywi Valley
The relatively flat Tywi Valley soon starts to buckle and burst into life as the Brecon Beacons make their presence felt, east of Llandeilo.
As the valley skirts the western side of the Brecon Beacons and then snakes its way lazily towards Carmarthen, you can follow the path of the river from Llandeilo and you’re gifted with views that are normally reserved for Arthurian legend. Imagine yourself in the role of an errant knight as your pedals spin you along the B4300 with the silver thread of the River Towy winding into the distance and Dryslwyn Castle rising out of the mist.
There are lush green valleys, mountain wilderness, stunning lakes, beautiful gardens and fantastic food available at farmers markets in Carmarthen, Llanelli and Llandovery. Cycling heaven. Visit their web site… or click here to view downloadable route maps. Cycle hire is also available, local cycle hire click here for details.
Spectacularly set in the beautiful Tywi valley of Carmarthenshire, Aberglasney House features one of the finest gardens in Wales. Aberglasney Gardens have been an inspiration to poets since 1477. The story of Aberglasney spans many centuries, but, the house’s origins are still shrouded in obscurity.
Situated at the head of the Swansea Valley, Dan yr Ogof is one of the finest and best preserved caves in South Wales. Scheduled as a National Nature Reserve, the cave is afforded a special level of protection under the Wildlife & Countryside Act (1981).
The first section of the cave is open to the public and is one of Wales’ most popular tourist attractions – also recently voted “Britain’s finest natural wonder”. Beyond lie at least 17km of passage under the Black Mountain, much of it large and superbly decorated.
As part of Llandovery College, this 9 hole Golf Course is situated next to the Sports Pavilion. The course is mainly used by students but it is also open to the general public.
The Caravan & Camping Site have fishing licences available for the Towy river. With 70 miles of fresh flowing river the Towy is undoubtedly the best sea trout river in the country. Many double-figure sea trout are caught annually and those caught before June are usually over five pounds.