Llanelli

Home to the Welsh National Eisteddfod on five occasions, the town of Llanelli is situated on the Bury estuary between Swansea and Carmarthen, which are about 12 miles away each.

Despite its claim to fame with the Eisteddfods, it is possibly better known as being the home of the Llanelli Scarlets Rugby team, with their home at Stradey Park.

Situated in an area with a multitude of rural attractions, Llanelli has a number of small villages surrounding it, with the Millennium Coastal Park, which stretches to Burry Port, a coastal path 13 miles long linking Lougher and Pembrey.

Nicknamed “Tinopolis” in the early 1900s, and with ample coal around, Llanelli was once a wealthy town, but things waned when these industries were closed.

But things are picking up with a joint redevelopment project between the local county council and the Welsh government refurbishing the dockside area.

Other attractions include Llanelly House, which exemplifies the beauty of 18th century Georgian town houses and is currently being restored by the town council. John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, stayed there on a number of occasions, but it was highly unlikely he partook of the fine brew at the Felinfoel Brewery, not far out of town.

Also worth a visit is the 500 acre Pembrey Country Park on the outskirts of the town, and within the park, Cefn Sidan beach, winner of the prestigious Blue Flag award, which is 8 miles in length and over half a mile wide at its most narrow point.

Just one mile to the east of the town is the WWT National Wetlands Centre, one of a number of nature reserves on wetlands looked after by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust.

And, in the confines of Park Howard is the Parc Howard Museum, home to a fine selection of Llanelli Pottery as well as an historic collection of art and material about the town.

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