WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre
Set in 450 acres, WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre is an absolute haven for wildlife. Keen birdwatchers can spot a range of birds including kingfishers, little egrets and woodpeckers, as wells as dragonflies, butterflies, voles and wild flowers. Each season offers something different with both native and migratory birds coming to the centre.
There's also plenty to keep the kids busy - they will be delighted to hand feed friendly ducks and geese, check out the colourful flamingos and go wild in the outdoor play areas. Once they've thoroughly exhausted themselves, head to the café or picnic areas to refuel.
Llyn y Fan Fach
Named as one of the world’s Ultimate Sights by the respected tourist guide Lonely Planet, this dammed lake in the Brecon Beacons is surrounded by the steep escarpments of the Carmarthen Fans. You can learn everything there is to know about the mythical Lady of the Lake during your hugely rewarding four mile walk there and back.
Millennium Coastal Path
Enjoy superb views of the Gower Peninsula as you stroll or cycle along the Millennium Coastal Park. There are more than 10 miles of mostly flat path to enjoy, with places to grab a cup of tea, refresh with a cold drink or spoil yourself with an ice cream. And, there's lots of wildlife along the way too, including egrets, buzzards and herons.
Fishing for Sewin
White trout, peal, mort or finnock – the migratory sea trout goes by many names, but in Wales the sewin is revered as the greatest catch of all. This is partly down to the delicate flavour of the clear pink flesh, but also due to the fact that it can provide a sporting challenge to the canniest fisherman. The rivers Towy, Teifi and Cothi are great places to fish for sewin, although you can land one with less difficulty in one of several local markets.
There are a number of impressive ancient fortifications in Carmarthenshire and Kidwelly Castle is a particularly dramatic sight. The original Norman castle of earth and wood dates back to the 12th century and the impressive stone structure still standing is merely 600 or so years old. Film buffs may recognise Kidwelly from a fleeting appearance at the beginning of Monty Python & The Holy Grail.
Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Laugharne
Originally a 12th century outpost of Flemish weavers, the town of Laugharne, on the estuary of the River Taf, is best known as the home of Dylan Thomas. Laugharne was thought to be the inspiration for Thomas’ best known play, Under Milk Wood and peering into the window of The Boathouse, where he wrote, gives you the impression Wales’ most famous literary icon has just stepped out for a drink at Brown's Hotel before returning to his papers.
Riding on Pendine Sands
A flat, seven mile (11 km) open beach, Pendine Sands is best known as the location where four world land speed records were set between 1924 and 1927. The electric land speed record of 137mph (220kmh) was also established at Pendine in 2000, but we recommend a more sedate option on horseback courtesy of the Marros Riding Centre.
National Botanic Garden of Wales
An essential visit, this picturesque location in the Towy Valley, houses the world’s biggest single-span glasshouse in the world. The National Botanic Gardens is a great place for kids to explore and for adults of all ages to stroll around, whether you’re a keen horticulturalist, or merely someone who has a passing interest in the world of nature.
Stay on a farm
Cwmcrwth Farm near Llandeilo has award winning self-catering facilities on its farm. Enjoy the countryside views during the day and starry skies at night. Take part in a feeding round, meet the rare breed animals and collect eggs for your breakfast.
The National Wool Museum
The craftsmanship associated with shawls, blankets and bedcovers manufactured in Wales is known the world over and the National Wool Museum is located in the former Cambrian Mills. The Welsh Quilt is thought to have caught the eye of Amish settlers into Welsh communities in Pennsylvania during the 1800s and you can find out more at The Jen Jones Welsh Quilt Centre in Lampeter Town Hall.
Dolaucothi Gold Mines
The Romans discovered that there was gold in ‘them there hills’ of Wales 2,000 years ago and mining at Dolaucothi continued until the 1930s. The Dolaucothi Gold Mines tour takes you through the evolution of mining in Carmarthenshire over the centuries and leads you through the underground mines in the process.
Pembrey Country Park
You certainly won't be short of things to keep you entertained at Pembrey Country Park! It is jam-packed with things to do, including an adventure play ground, crazy golf, pitch and putt, a miniature train ride, toboggan run and a dry ski scope... the list goes on! If you think it's too much for a day trip, why not camp in their 320 pitch campsite.
You can explore the 500 acres of parkland on foot, bike (cycle hire available) or horseback. Or simply sit back and relax on the eight miles of golden sand at the award winning Cefn Sidan Beach.
Be wowed by the amazing views from Llansteffan Castle of Carmarthen Bay and the Tywi Estuary, as well as the surrounding rolling green farmlands. As you approach the site (which itself has been defended since prehistoric times), let the might of its twin-towered gatehouse help you to step back in time as you enter this ruined castle.
With independent boutiques and galleries, Llandeilo is just the place to head to for some well needed retail therapy! Meander through the town and be tempted by the products in the pretty pastel shop fronts. Pop into the independent shops to find yourself something unique or pick up a special gift, including high quality home wares, bespoke furniture, fashionable clothing including many designer labels, local crafts, award winning local food suppliers and an auction house and garden centre.
Travel back in time to 1912 at National Trust Dinefwr, an historic Welsh stronghold. The displays in grade II* Newton House tell the history of Dinefwr, plus there are guided tours.
Explore the diverse range of habitats that can be found across the 800 acre estate, supporting lots of different wildlife including fallow deer, birds, butterflies and trees (some of which are 700 years old!). It's the only parkland in Wales to be given National Nature Reserve status and is also a Sight of Special Scientific Interest. Look out for the traditional White Park Cattle, an ancient breed that are the icon of the park.
Nestled in the beautiful Brechfa forest, you can pick up on of the four colour coded trails at Brechfa mountain biking. Catering for all abilities, beginners can test out their skills and build their confidence on the green trail or advanced riders can challenge themselves on the black Raven trail.
Make a day of it by bringing your own picnic or using the barbeque facilities. Alternatively, try the The Black Lion in nearby Abergorlech or the Forest Arms in Brechfa village is happy to take in muddy mountain bikers.
Plas Llanelly House
A stunning example of a Georgian building, Plas Llanelly House is situated in the centre of Llanelli. Delve into the past with guided tours of this historic house - with the tales of the resident ghosts included!
Once you've taken in the architecture, interiors and atmosphere of the 18th century house, treat yourself to a well-deserved snack in the onsite café or a settle down to a delish meal of locally sourced and Welsh inspired food in the restaurant. Finish off your trip by picking up some Welsh mementos in the shop.