A weekend itinerary in West Wales

A romantic break in West Wales is perfect for unwinding and relaxing. And there’s no better place to unwind than in Carmarthenshire's boutique town of Llandeilo. The green countryside and nearby towns make a weekend away here truly special.

Day 1 - Morning: Llandelio

Llandeilo Bridge is the longest single-span stone bridge in Wales.

Llandeilo Bridge, Carmarthenshire by Paula J James

Base yourself in picturesque Llandeilo, nestling between the Black Mountains and the Towy Valley. This town is the ideal location for a romantic break. Built on a hill, the town is lined with pretty pastel coloured houses and overlooked by the romantic ruins of Dinefwr Castle. Start your day by wandering Llandeilo’s hub of independent shops, boutiques, antique shops, galleries, delis, cafes and restaurants. One not to miss is Heavenly, a exquisite chocolateier and ice cream producer.

Feeling hungry? Housed in a Grade II listed Georgian building, the Cawdor Hotel in Llandeilo serves a mixture of traditional Welsh and innovative dishes using locally sourced food. The restaurant, a Georgian panelled room is perfect for a stylish lunch.

Afternoon: Carreg Cennen Castle

Aerial view of Carreg Cennen with surrounding countryside

Carreg Cennen Castle, Carmarthenshire

Prepared to be impressed. Carreg Cennen Castle stands magnificently high above the green lands of Carmarthenshire. It’s a bit of a steep climb but you’ll be rewarded with a dramatic clifftop location and 60 mile panoramic views of the Black Mountains and surrounding area. It’s simply one of Wales’ most stunning castles views.

Feeling hungry? Ty Mawr Country House is set in the Carmarthen countryside. With a growing reputation for good food, it’s a wonderful restaurant for an evening meal. The daily changing menu is strongly influenced by seasonal local produce and features delights such as griddled Organic Fferm Tyllwyd Lamb Chops on Wilted Ty Mawr Wild Garlic and Halen Mon Salted Caramel and Belgian Chocolate Tart.

Day 2 - Morning: Tenby

Tenby Harbour.

Tenby Harbour, Pembrokeshire by Paula J James

A short drive through Carmarthenshire’s green fields will take you to the wonderful seaside resort of Tenby. It’s easy to spend the whole day here walking around the pretty harbour with it’s bobbing boats and streets lined with pastel coloured houses. Relax on one of Tenby’s two beaches or visit the little booths that line the harbourside offering boat trips to Caldey Island, sightseeing trips along the coast or fishing trips out to sea.

Feeling hungry? Try the Plantagenet House Restaurant, housed in one of the oldest buildings in Tenby. This quirky restaurant serves delicious fresh Tenby caught seafood and dishes made from local produce.

Afternoon: National Botanic Garden of Wales

The Great Glasshouse, National Botanic Garden of Wales.

National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire by Paula J James

You could spend your whole day in Tenby, but if you fancy a change of scenery, visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales. The wow factor of this garden is the Great Glasshouse, where you will find a wide variety of exotic plants from places such as the Mediterranean, South America and Australia.  

Feeling hungry? Y Polyn in Carmarthen features a menu full of local produce including Carmarthen Ham and Coracle Caught Towy Sewin. The rustic presentation and good food served here makes for a wonderful evening out.