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Whether for a family break or a weekend away, catching the train from Aberystwyth to Carmarthen allows you to arrive feeling comfortable and refreshed.

The historical town of Carmarthen sits on the banks of the River Towy. The oldest settlement in Wales, a hoard of Roman coins were discovered near the fort that the town developed from, and with the surviving amphitheatre, this was obviously a bustling sea port.

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Today, Carmarthen is a vibrant, cosmopolitan town, well worth visiting. There are numerous activities and things to see, keeping every member of the family happy. How about starting with Carmarthen Castle? Constructed in the 1100s, the remains of this impressive stone castle have been given Grade I Listed status. Bearing witness to many bloody battles over the centuries, several towers, the protective town walls and an impressive gatehouse still stand proud, and are now home to the Country Hall.

Nearby is the Carmarthenshire County Museum, housing many of the Roman artifacts that have been found throughout the region, including that hoard of coins, along with other antiquities from this area’s rich past. With the connection to the legendary figure Merlin, it’s no surprise that a fragment of Merlin’s Oak is one of the museum’s prized possessions, and if you fancy adding a little spooky thrill to your visit, join the award-winning Creepy Carmarthen Tours. With story-telling, re-enactment and a few ghosts thrown in for good measure, you’ll have a hair-raising experience. 

Sports enthusiasts can visit Carmarthen Golf Club and take up the challenge on the parkland’s impressive 18 courses. Haven’t tried golf before? Don’t worry, lessons and workshops are available here, with professionals as your instructors! Once you’re done playing, visit their restaurant for a relaxing break. The charming countryside view is glorious whilst enjoying afternoon tea.

Carmarthen is a shopper’s paradise with all the high street names, designer stores, and scattered throughout the town, gorgeous one-off boutiques showcasing local talents such as silversmithing, painting and mosaic-work. Perfect if you’re looking for unusual artisan gifts for others, or something special for yourself!

Take a break from your everyday routine and head for Carmarthen. With services running throughout the day, the six hour journey can be taken at your leisure. Use our free Wifi to download some great apps to keep the children occupied, while you relax and catch up on your favourite soaps. Better yet, book an advance ticket and save yourself some money, or invite your friends and family, and take advantage of our group discounts. Plan your break and book your tickets now!

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