In and around Llandeilo

Introduction to Llandeilo

Set on a prominent hill in a lush ancient landscape, towering above the Tywi river, the tiny market town of Llandeilo consists of steep rows of pastel-coloured cottages and Georgian and Edwardian townhouses clustered around a stone church. The Welsh language remains the natural language of the majority of Tywi valley residents, so there are plenty of opportunities to see and hear the language in the town's shops and cafés. For further information about the town visit the site for S4C's 'Y Dref Gymreig'.

Carmarthenshire – "The Garden of Wales"

Carmarthenshire is known as "The Garden of Wales", not only for its own natural beauty but also for its horticultural attractions, all within cycling distance or a short drive away. The National Botanic Garden of Wales was the first botanic garden to be created in Britain in over 200 years. At its spectacular centre is the world's largest single span glasshouse, designed by renowned architect Norman Foster. The unusual ‘lost’ garden at tranquil Aberglasney is no less impressive.

An historical landscape

History also comes alive in the area with the National Trust Dinefwr Park and Castle just a 10 minute walk away. Dinefwr holds an iconic place in Welsh history, being the headquarters of the royal rulers of Deheubarth; it is located in a stunning landscaped park, which is home to more than 100 deer and a herd of rare White Park cattle. Further down the Tywi valley towards Carmarthen is Dryslwyn Castle‚ and in the other direction, with the Brecon Beacons providing a dramatic back-drop, there are few castles in Europe which can boast a more spectacular location than Carreg Cennen, perched on a 100m cliff.

Shopping in Llandeilo

For a town of just 2500 people, Llandeilo packs in an amazing array of indpendent boutique shops. Starting at the top of King Street at Scorpio you'll see a number of the items used in the rooms at Fronlas including Melin Tregwynt throws and cushions. Continue down the street to Broadleaf, Mari Thomas jewellery gallery and Peppercorn – a fabulous kitchen shop with every gadget imaginable. Fashion boutiques include Toast, Heel Appeal, Bellissimo lingerie and Huw Rees bridal boutique.

If you're looking for an unique gift Bentley & Co offers contemporary jewellery; fragrances are available from Seren Luxe; a range of gifts are available from Trizaro and Cuckoo's Nest; and children's toys and clothes are available from Eve's Toyshop and Igam-Ogam. And for pure indulgence you need look no further than Heavenly, a chocolatier and ice cream maker.