Steeped in both Welsh and Roman history, Llandeilo gains its name from well known sixth century Celtic saint, Saint Teilo. Meaning a religious enclosure, the Welsh word ‘llan’ when combined with the saint’s name translates the ‘church of Saint Teilo’.
Around at the same time as Wales’ patron saint, St David, St Teilo built his tiny monastic community (a ‘clas’ in Welsh) where the current church now stands.
Nearby, hundreds of feet above the River Tywi, stands the spectacular Dinefwr Castle, home to the Deheubarth kingdom and an early Welsh king, Rhys ap Gruffydd.
The Roman link comes from two sets of foundations from Roman forts located in Dinefwr estate, now looked after by the National Trust. Other historic sites include Golden Grove estate near Llandeilo, and the imposing castle of Carreg Cennen a little further on. Six miles to the north lie the ruins of Talley Abbey, and 10 miles on are the remnants of Roman gold diggings at Dolaucothi.