St Clears

Boasting a population of nearly 3,000, the smallish Carmarthenshire town of St Clears offers tourists a good selection of B&Bs, own catered accommodation and ample camping grounds.

Situated on the River Tâf in west Wales, the town known as Sanclêr in Welsh has the ruins of a Norman castle, of which only the mound remains, its 12 metre sides once housing a timber tower, and later a stone keep. A port which could take vessels of 500 tons once existed below the town on the river.

Historically, St Clears is renowned for the destruction in 1842 of a toll gate during the Rebecca Riots, and a small priory established by the Normans is now the parish church, and is a tourist attraction because of the imposing Romanesque arch it boasts.

Tourists enjoy the wide variety of local shopping and pubs known for good food, while two National Parks are only an hour’s drive away.