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Carmarthenshire - Welsh Rare-bits

Carmarthenshire - Welsh Rare-bits

Stretching from Carmarthen Bay in the south to the Cambrian Mountains in the north, with wondrous gardens and awe-inspiring architecture.


Stretching from Carmarthen Bay in the south to the Cambrian Mountains in the north, with wondrous gardens and awe-inspiring architecture.

Stretching from Carmarthen Bay in the south to the Cambrian Mountains in the north, with wondrous gardens, awe-inspiring architecture, Wales’s longest beaches, and market towns brimming with local produce and chic shopping. Carmarthenshire has historical monuments, wonders of nature and a bountiful harvest of food that has led to it being known as The Garden of Wales. Follow in the footsteps of Welsh Princes at ancient castles and discover the region’s great literary heritage at Laugharne, inspirational home of renowned poet Dylan Thomas. A beautiful county of great contrasts, you will be surprised to encounter such diversity of landscapes at every turn, but what will stay constant is the “croeso cynnes” – the warm Welsh welcome!


Sunday - Morning departure from Dorset across the Severn Bridge and stop in Caerphilly with time for lunch and to view the largest castle fortress in Wales. Continue to Llanelli with a welcome cuppa on arrival and porterage of bags to the rooms.

Monday - Enjoy the beautiful scenery of The Gower Peninsula and The Mumbles - renowned for its sandy beaches, wild moors and stunning cliffs. We shall visit the Gower Heritage Centre housed in a converted water mill - a local guide will join us for a coach tour of The Gower and show us the highlights.

Tuesday - Visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales near Llanarthne, a 568-acre parkland has historic and futuristic buildings, horticultural displays, flower meadows and water features. The centre-piece is an amazing Great Glasshouse containing a Mediterranean landscape. This afternoon drive to the Gwili Steam Railway, set in beautiful countryside with abundant wildlife, the line follows the River Gwili on a 90 minute round trip.

Wednesday - To the pretty village of Kidwelly, whose castle rising above the River Gwendraeth is the medieval fortress of everyone's dreams - it appears in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" film. After time to admire its magnificent walls, towers, gatehouse and drawbridge continue to the charming village of Laugharne - a sleepy, timeless and tranquil town immortalised by the poet Dylan Thomas. Here you can see his home, his grave and the famous wooden boathouse where he created so many powerful works. This afternoon we visit the Bishops Palace and Park in Abergwili where the Museum of Carmarthenshire offers 50,000 years of local history and surprises aplenty!

Thursday - Homeward bound, we shall visit St Fagan's National Museum of History near Cardiff - over 50 historical Welsh buildings have been relocated here and frozen in time. Resume back to Dorset that afternoon, returning by early evening.

B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Best Western Diplomat Hotel, Llanelli

This iconic three star hotel is privately owned and operated with charm, warmth and generous hospitality. Built in 1810 as a family home and now regarded as a hotel of considerable luxury. Today its comfortable bedrooms feature stylish décor and modern features including private bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, digital TV, phone, tea tray and free wifi. Trubshaw’s Restaurant serves freshly prepared meals using the finest locally sourced ingredients in a relaxed atmosphere. There is a bar in which to socialise, or take your drinks outside onto the sun terrace. The Eden Health Club offers hotel guests an indoor heated pool, gym, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Two nights entertainment might include a Welsh choir. A lift serves all floors and room service is available 24 hours.


Tour Price: £535.00 Per Person  Single Room Supplement: £90.00



Price includes: All coach travel, 4 nights hotel accommodation, Half board meals, Entry to Gower Heritage, Entry to National Botanic Garden, Gwili Railway train fare, Entry to Kidwelly Castle, Entry to Bishops Palace, Entry to St Fagans Museum.


Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester South Station Dorchester South Station bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square bus stop
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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