Place Category: Feature
A busy market town on the River Tywi, Llandeilo has charm, history and plenty of shopping opportunities!
In Welsh, ‘Llan’ often signified a monastery or church, so it’s not really surprising to learn that the present-day parish church of Llandeilo is built on the site of a church founded by St Teilo, a contemporary of St David. While both Llandaff and St Davids lay claim to St Teilo’s body, it’s thought that he was in fact buried in Llandeilo and the church here became an important ‘mother church’ for the surrounding district. Dinefwr Castle, just outside Llandeilo was once the home of Rhys ap Gruffydd, one of the early Welsh kings and has a turbulent history. There is also evidence of Roman settlements in the area. Developing as an important market town for the area in medieval times, Llandeilo has remained something of a local hub, developing a reputation for high end shopping and still holds a regular local farmers market, as well as two prominent festivals.
Its high street of independent boutiques is heaven for casual browsers and serious shopaholics alike. If you fancy grabbing yourself an antique or bidding on a bargain, there’s also an independent auction house which holds regular sales, or go along to a chalk paint workshop at vintage gifts and décor boutique, The Little Welsh Dresser. Art lovers
can visit Fountain Fine Art. For the history buffs, there’s a visit to Dinefwr Castle managed by the National Trust. Situated within Dinefwr Park, Newton House is reputedly one of the most haunted houses in Britain – those of a strong constitution can look out for torch-lit tours of the building, organised by the National Trust. Four miles to the south of Llandeilo is Carreg Cennen Castle, managed by Cadw. Llandeilo is home to the Llandeilo Festival of Music and also the Llandeilo Festival of the Senses, a weekend of fun, entertainment and Christmas shopping opportunities held in November each year.
ACCOMMODATION, FOOD AND DRINK
Boutique-style accommodation is available in Llandeilo at The Cawdor or try The Plough at Rhosmaen, just outside Llandeilo. The Cottage Inn offers B&B accommodation and those keen on glamping will enjoy Ty Cefn Tregib set in secluded woodlands or Bryncoch Farm’s ‘log pods’ (touring campers also welcome!). For more traditional camping, there’s Llandyfan Camping and Fishing. As you might expect, there’s a wide range of places to eat here including café bistro Le Café Braz, wine bar and restaurant The Loft and the Ginhaus Deli for freshly baked bread, cheeses and plenty of deli produce.
NEED TO KNOW.
Getting to Llandeilo: Llandeilo is on the A483, just off the A40 between Carmarthen and Llandovery.
Parking: Llandeilo has several car parks, including free parking on Carmarthen Road.
Public Transport: Llandeilo is on the Heart of Wales Railway Line, served by trains between Shrewsbury and Swansea. Llandeilo is served by a number of scheduled bus services.
Jones & Llewelyn Auctioneers 01558 82343
The Little Welsh Dresser http://www.thelittlewelshdresser.com/ 01558 824573
Fountain Fine Art http://www.fountainfineart.com/ 01558 824244
Dinefwr Castle https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dinefwr 01558 823 902
Newton House https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dinefwr 01558 824512
Carreg Cennen Castle https://carregcennencastle.com/ 01558 822 291
The Llandeilo Festival of Music http://www.llandeilomusicfestival.org.uk/
Llandeilo Festival of the Senses http://fos.wales/
The Cawdor http://www.thecawdor.com/ 01558 823 500
The Cottage Inn http://cottageinnbandb.co.uk/ 01558 824 645
Ty Cafn Tregib http://www.tregib.co.uk/
Bryncoch Farm http://www.southwalescamping.co.uk/
Llandyfan Camping & Fishing https://www.facebook.com/llandyfancampingfishing/ 07708 269 173
Ginhaus Deli https://www.facebook.com/Ginhaus-Deli-671515896218540/about/ 01558 823 030
Le Cafe Braz http://www.cafebraz.co.uk/ 01558 822034
The Loft https://www.facebook.com/TheLoftLlandeilo 01558 822823
Heart of Wales http://www.heart-of-wales.co.uk/timetables.htm