Attractions

Below you can find some of the local attractions in the surrounding area, if you wish to enquire about other activities then feel free to contact us to see if this can be arranged for you as part of your trip.

For a complete list of all attractions and activities in and around the area click here.

Alternatively click here for a list of activities in South Carmarthenshire.


Dylan Thomas’ Boathouse

BoathousePoet Dylan Thomas lived in the Boathouse in Laugharne, Wales, with his family between 1949 and 1953, the last four years of his life. It was in this house that he wrote many major pieces including Under Milk Wood. The boat house is set in a cliff overlooking the Tâf Estuary.

Thomas first visited the village of Laugharne with a friend, the poet Glyn Jones, in 1934, and was attracted to it. He moved there four years later, and the Boathouse was later bought for him by a benefactor.

It is now owned by Carmarthenshire County Council and serves as a museum. It is open to the public for most of the year. It contains Thomas memorabilia and some of the original furniture. Close to the main house is the “writing shed” where Dylan spent much of his time. It receives about 15,000 visitors a year.


Laugharne Castle

Laugharne CastleLaugharne is perhaps best known for its associations with Dylan Thomas, but for the past 20 years, the picturesque castle, sited on the Taf estuary, has been the subject of painstaking archaeological investigation and gradual restoration. There was probably a Norman castle here by the early 12th century, though the upstanding remains can be traced back no further than the work of the de Brian family in the late 13th century.

From the de Brians and their descendants, in 1488 the
lordship and castle passed to the earls of Northumberland. In 1584, Elizabeth I granted Laugharne to Sir John Parrott, said to have been the illegitimate son of Henry VIII.

The castle stands on a low cliff by the side of the Coran stream, overlooking the estuary of the river Taf. Laugharne may be the castle mentioned in about 1116 as the castle of Robert Courtemain, but the first definite reference to the Norman castle is in 1189 when, after the death of King Henry II, it was seized by the Lord Rhys, prince of Deheubarth. It attracted further hostility from the Welsh in 1215 when it was destroyed by Llywelyn the Great and later, in 1257, when it was again taken and burnt.

The early 12th century castle was probably a ringwork, and traces of an important building with a large hearth have been found during excavations at the site. The castle was remodelled in the second half of the 12th century; the interior of the ringwork was partially filled in, new defences were constructed and a large rectangular hall was built on the north. By the time of the Welsh attack in 1257, the castle was in the ownership of the de Brian family and it was Guy de Brian IV who, evidently determined to create a much more defensible structure, started to build the strong masonry castle which we see today.

Morfa Bay Adventure

Morfa Bay provide all inclusive packages for outdoor adventure activities at their purpose built centre. If you are looking for a quality adventure break then there the place for you! Oakwood

Situated at the edge of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park overlooking the famous Pendine Sands – Morfa Bay is superbly located to offer you an experience of a lifetime.

Morfa Bay caters for a wide variety of groups including primary and secondary schools, colleges, stag and hen groups and also members of the general public

You can visit the Morfa Bay website at the following address
www.morfabayadventure.com

Shaggy Sheep Wales Shaggy Sheep

Shaggy Sheep Wales offer fun local adventure activities for all abilities and ages. Activities take place in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire and are run by qualified and professional instructors.

Why not try some of the following? Activities include Coasteering, Sea Kayaking, Surfing, Mud Assault Course, Horse Riding, Quad Biking, Karting, Shooting, Paintball and much, much more.

Please visit their website or email them for prices and more information. Don’t forget to state that you are staying at Laugharne Barns.

You can visit the Shaggy Sheep website at the following address http://www.shaggysheepwales.co.uk

Pendine Sands

Just a short drive away from the barns is the famous pendine sands – 6 miles of beautiful golden sand Oakwood

It stretches from Gilman Point in the west to Laugharne Sands in the east. In the early 1900s the sands were used as a venue for car and motor cycle races. Motor Cycle magazine described the sands as “The finest natural speedway imaginable”. Numerous land speed records were set on the beach during the 1920′s

The beach now holds the prestigious Blue Flag Award and is a safe haven for children to play with plenty of space and safe bathing
For more information on the village visit www.pendineonline.org

Oakwood Theme Park

Oakwood Theme Park has something for every age from white knuckle rides to family fun rides and indoor play areas. Oakwood

Oakwood opened in the late 1980s as a very small family park with BMXs, a wooden fort, a 3D-style cinema experience show, go-karts and a water chute ride. The park has done well to reach its current position, consistently rated in the top 10 UK theme parks, given that it is in a quiet, rural part of southwest Wales.

The park is well-suited to both thrill-seekers and families; it now incorporates 5 large thrill rides: Megaphobia (1996), Vertigo (1997), The Bounce (1999), Hydro (2002) and Speed (2006).

You can visit the website at http://www.oakwood-leisure.com


Pembrokeshire Coast Path

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a national trail invPembrokeshire. It was established in 1970, and is 186 miles (300km)vlong, mostly at cliff-top level, with 35,000 feet (11,000 m) of ascent and descent. The northern end is at Poppit Sands, near St. Dogmaels, Cardigan, the southern end is at Amroth, Pembrokeshire.
Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

The coastline itself is similar to the Cornish coast, and walkers on the path have access to the range of sandy beaches along the Pembrokeshire coast.

There are a handful of seaside towns along the path, and a number of small hotels and guest houses that are generally family-run. There are also cottages for hire, built in traditional styles. The backpacker will find enough shops and campsites along the way, but may need to carry food and water for two days in one or two places.

In addition to the scenery, a key attraction of the coastal path is the birdlife. The path has a huge variety of European seabirds that are supported by uninhabited offshore islands that act as bird sanctuaries.


Ritec Valley Quad Bikes

Ritec Valley has provided the best in Quad Bike entertainment for 15 years. They pride themselves on 3 factors they know you’re looking for: Saftey, Quality Bikes and a Quality Course. All neccessary gear is provided to riders including: Helmets,Goggles, Waterproofs and Footwear.
Quad Bike
There are over 12KM of Trail riding routes and the largest Arrive and Drive course in Wales Ritec Valley Buggies is accredited by the Welsh Tourist Board and the AALA.

There’s video briefing facilities for Trail riders and Internet access and network gaming to relax before / after a ride

Ritec Valley use only the best quality, well maintained bikes and best of all, all major credit/debit cards are accepted.


Barafundle Bay

Barafundle is an isolated and secluded bay, situated between Stackpole Quay and Stackpole Head. Its clear waters andBarafundle Bay clean golden sands attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Barafundle Bay is undoubtedly one of the most delightful beaches in the UK. The clean golden sand and unspoilt clear water in this isolated hideaway give it a paradisial feeling. Barafundle can only be accessed by the cliff path, followed by steep walk down to the beach through grassy dunes and pleasant woodland.

However, there is ample car parking and café facilities and toilets 5 minutes walk away. The surrounding area is a nature reserve.