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County of Carmarthenshire Sir Gaerfyrddin
WalesCarmarthenshire.png
Geography
Area
- Total
- % Water
Ranked 3rd
2,395 km²
? %
County Town Carmarthen
Largest Town Llanelli
ISO 3166-2 GB-CMN
ONS code 00NU
Demographics
Population:
- Total (2007 est.)
- Density
 
Ranked 4th
179,500
Ranked 18th
75 / km²
Ethnicity 99.4% White
Welsh language
- Any skills
Ranked 3rd
63.6%
Politics
Arma of carmarthenshire County Council
Carmarthenshire County Council
http://www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/
Control NOC (Independent-led coalition)
MPs
AMs
MEPs Wales

Carmarthenshire (Welsh: Sir Gaerfyrddin or Sir Gâr) is a unitary authority in the south west of Wales and one of thirteen historic counties. Its three largest towns are Carmarthen, Llanelli and Ammanford. The county town and administrative centre of Carmarthenshire is Carmarthen and the most populous settlement is the area in and around the town of Llanelli.

With its fertile land and agricultural produce, Carmarthenshire is known as the "Garden of Wales".[1]

Contents

Geography

Llyn y Fan Fawr, below Fan Brycheiniog in the Black Mountain

The county is bounded to the north by Ceredigion, to the east by Powys, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea, to the south by the Bristol Channel and to the west by Pembrokeshire. Carmarthenshire has a population of approximately 170,000, 55.1% of whom are Welsh speakers. The surface generally is upland and mountainous. Fforest Fawr and Black Mountain extend into the east of the county and the Cambrian Mountains into the north. The south coast contains many fishing villages and sandy beaches. The highest point is the Fan Brycheiniog, 2,525 feet (770 m). Carmarthenshire is the largest historic county by area in Wales.

It is drained by several important rivers, especially the Towy, which flows into the Bristol Channel and its several tributaries, such as the River Cothi. The Towy is the longest river flowing entirely within Wales, and is noted for its trout and salmon fishing. Other ivers include the Loughor (which forms the eastern boundary with Glamorgan), and the Gwendraeth Fawr.

Principal towns are Ammanford, Burry Port, Carmarthen, Kidwelly, Llanelli, Llandeilo, Newcastle Emlyn and Llandovery, Sandy, St. Clears, Whitland, Pendine. The principal industries are agriculture, forestry, fishing and tourism. Although Llanelli is by far the larger town in the county, the county town remains in Carmarthen, mainly due to its central location.

Government

Carmarthenshire became an administrative county with a county council taking over functions from the Quarter Sessions under the Local Government Act 1888. Under the Local Government Act 1972, the administrative county of Carmarthenshire was abolished on 1 April 1974, and the area of Carmarthenshire became three districts within the new county of Dyfed : Carmarthen, Dinefwr and Llanelli. Under the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994, Dyfed was abolished on 1 April 1996, and the three districts united to form a unitary authority, which had the same boundaries as the original Carmarthenshire. In 2003, following a local campaign, the Clunderwen community council area was transferred to Pembrokeshire.

Places of interest

Carmarthenshire
WalesCarmarthenshireTrad.png
Ancient extent of Carmarthenshire
Geography
1831 area 606,331-acre (2,453.73 km2)
HQ Carmarthen
Chapman code CMN
History
Succeeded by Dyfed
Demography
1831 population
- 1831 density
100,740[2]
0.2/acre
Politics
Governance Carmarthenshire County Council (1889-1974)
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Historical places

Geography

Museums

Heritage railways

Sports venues

See also

References

External links

Coordinates: 51°51′22″N 4°18′38″W / 51.85611°N 4.31056°W / 51.85611; -4.31056


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Carmarthenshire [1] is a county in south west Wales. It is bounded to the North West by Ceredigion, the West by Pembrokeshire, the South East by Swansea, the East by Neath Port Talbot and to the North East by Powys

Regions, Towns and villages

The eastern part of Carmarthenshire falls within the Swansea Bay region.

Map of Carmarthenshire
Map of Carmarthenshire
  • Carmarthen -- the county town of Carmarthenshire, bustling market.
  • Ammanford
  • Kidwelly -- large castle
  • Laugharne
  • Llanarthne
  • Llandeilo -- picturesque market town.
  • Llandovery -- picturesque market town.
  • Llanelli -- the largest town in the county
  • The pictureque river-side village of Trapp - a few miles from Llandeilo, near Carreg Cennen Castle.

Understand

Carmarthenshire is a largely rural county and has rich farmland and a large agricultural industry. It has some of the most fertile land in Wales and is known as the Garden of Wales. Carmarthenshire is an ancient county and historically the largest traditional county of Wales, which modern Carmarthenshire shares roughly the same boundaries.

The Prince of Wales's Welsh home is located near the village of Myddfai in Carmarthenshire.

  • The M4 Motorway connects Carmarthenshire with Swansea and destinations to the East, eventually reaching London. The M4 terminates at the Pont Abraham Roundabout, approximately 15 miles south east of Carmarthen and serves Llanelli.
  • The A48 conntects Carmarthen to the M4 at Pont Abraham. The A48 then continues along a route similar to the M4 heading eastwards.
  • The A483 connects towns in eastern Carmarthenshire to places in mid and north Wales and Chester.
  • The A40 is a major east-west route beginning from London and ending at Fishguard which passes through Carmarthen. East of Carmarthen, the A40 skirts the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons and passes the town of Brecon.

By Train

Arriva Trains Wales run the vast majority of Services in the area, with First Great Western running a small number of through trains to London.

Train services from Shrewsbury, via central wales on the scenic Heart of Wales Line call at Ammanford and Llanelli.

The only east-west line through Carmarthenshire is the West Wales line on which direct Arriva Trains Wales services from Manchester, Newport, Cardiff and Swansea call at Llanelli and Carmarthen as well as many other smaller stations. First Great Western trains from London only run directly to Llanelli and Carmarthen during the summer months. At other times, a change at Swansea or Newport is required.

By Bus

National Express operate coach services to Carmarthen from Blackpool, Birmingham and London (Victoria). The TrawsCambria service from Cardiff Bay to Aberystwyth calls at Carmarthen. To Llanelli, National Express operate regular coach services from London (Victoria).

By air

Pembrey Airport in the south of Carmarthenshire handles private light aircraft. Charter company South Western Airlines operate out of Pembrey Airport.

By Boat

The ferry ports at Pembroke Dock and Fishguart are approximately an hour away from Carmarthenshire, offering ferry services between south Wales and Ireland.

Get around

The best way to travel around Carmarthenshire is by private car.

  • Carreg Cennen Castle [2] - an imposing castle located north of Swansea, a few miles from Llandeilo off the A483. Cafe and gift shop. There is an admission fee payable at the cafe/gift shop.
  • Cefn Sidan beach
  • Gwendraeth estuary
  • Pendine Sands
  • Aberglasney
  • Black Mountain, the range of mountains on the far western part of the Brecon Beacons National Park falls within Carmarthenshire. This part of the Brecon Beacons is far less visited than the central and western parts but is no less spectacular.
  • National Botanical Gardens of Wales - Middleton - Llanarthne. Tel:+44 1558 668-768. - adults £7.00, children (5-15) £2.00, family (2 adults, 4 children) £16.00.
  • Pembrey Airport - local leisure flights and chartered flights to UK and Europe. ☎ +44 (0)1554 891-534 [3]
  • Pembrey Circuit Cefn Sidan, Carmarthenshire SA16. Several car, motorbike and truck racing events are held every year at the circuit. A driving school operates on a number of dates during the summer. See the British Automobile Racing Club site for details. BARC Pembrey 2009 Events
  • Pembrey Country Park, contains a training slope and a 120m main slope. There is a visitor centre which hires out and sells skiing equipment and skiing lessons are provided. ☎ +44 1554 834-443 [4]
  • Horse Racing, Ffos Las Racecourse, Culla Road, Trimsaran, KIDWELLY, SA17 4DE, ☎ (+44 1544) 811-092. A new National Hunt and Flat horse racing venue opened near Trimsaran on 18 June 2009. It is the first new National Hunt venue in the UK for 80 years. 8 race meetings will be held in 2009 and a programme of 28 race meetings are planned for 2010. [5]
  • Rugby Union
    • Scarlets[6], a professional side who play in the Mangers League, their home ground is Parc Y Scarlets in Pemberton, Llanelli.

Eat

Llanelli offers the best opportunities in Carmarthenshire.

Drink

Llanelli has the best collection of pubs and bars in Carmarthenshire.

  • Black Lion Caravan Park, +44(1269) 845-365, [7]. features a caravan park and campsite near Cross Hands. Ideal for visiting the National Botanical Gardens of Wales and Aberglasney.  edit
  • Gateway Caravan Park, +44(1554) 771-202, [8]. Located on the Millennium Coast overlooking the Burry Inlet in south Carmarthenshire between Swansea and Llanelli.  edit
  • Llwynifan Farm, +44(1554) 820-420, [9]. caravan site located at Llangennech near Llanelli.  edit
  • Pembrey Country Park Caravan Club Site, +44(1554) 834-369, [10].  edit
  • Ffos Las Holiday Lets, +44(1554) 811261, [11]. Located in Trimsaran, minutes from the Ffos Las racecourse, comprising of 9 properties. They can cater for large or small groups of up to 60 people. Ample car parking. The Bird in Hand pub is also located on site, serving wines, beer, spirits, real ales and home cooked meals.  edit
  • LLygad yr Haul, LLygad yr Haul, Meinciau, Kidwelly, SA17 5LF, +44(771) 889 7495. Beautiful luxury spacious bungalow with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside . Ten minutes from the Ffos Las racecourse. Sleeps eight . Sky and WI-FI internet.  edit
  • Millennium Quay Self-Catering Apartment, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA15 2LQ, +44(1684) 291288, [12].  edit
  • Welsh Coast and Country Cottages operate a large portfolio of self-catering holiday cottages in various scenic locations in Wales including a number of cottages in east Carmarthenshire. Their portfolio range from small cottages for just 2 people to larger houses for up to 12 people. ☎ +44 1239 881 397 [13]
  • Premier Inn:
    • Llanelli Central East, Llandafen Road, Llanelli, SA14 9BD, +44(8708) 506392, [14].  edit
  • Travelodge:
    • Llanelli Cross Hands, Cross Hands, SA14 6RD, +44(8719) 846230, [15].  edit
    • St. Clears Carmarthen, A40/A4066 Roundabout, Tenby Road, St. Clears, Carmarthen, SA33 4JN, +44(), [16].  edit
  • Ashburnham Hotel, Ashburnham Road, Pembrey, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, South West Wales SA16 0TH, +44(1554) 834343 / 834455, [17].  edit
  • Best Western Diplomat Hotel, Felinfoel Llanelli Carmarthenshire SA15 3PJ, +44(01554) 756156, [18].  edit
  • The Cawdor, Rhosmaen St, Llandeilo, SA19 6EN, +44(1558) 823500, [19]. Boutique hotel set in a grade II listed building  edit
  • Gwenllian Court Hotel, Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, SA17 4LW, 01554 890217, [20]. a country hotel in the grounds of a Victorian resort  edit
  • Hurst House on the Marsh, East Marsh, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, South West Wales SA33 4RS, 01994 427417, [21]. a unique Grade II listed 18 bedroom boutique hotel and spa  edit
  • Stradey Park Hotel, Furnace Llanelli Carmarthenshire SA15 4HA, +44(1267) 267270, [22].  edit
  • Three Rivers Hotel & Spa, Ferryside,Carmarthen,Carmarthenshire.SA17 5TU, +44(1554) 758171, [23].  edit

Talk

The area is by and large bi-lingual. English and Welsh are both widely, used.

  • Brecon Beacons National Park - a short drive from Carmarthenshire will take you into this land of lakes, mountain peaks and Celtic mystery.
  • Cardiff - Wales' capital city - castle - shopping - between 1 - 1 1/2 hours by car. There timetabled train services to Cardiff from Carmarthen and Llanelli as well as other smaller village stations. Direct bus services to Cardiff are available at Carmarthen and Llanelli.
  • Pembrokeshire Coast National Park the only coastal national park in the UK, found just to the West of Carmarthenshire.
  • Swansea and Gower peninsula - Wales second largest city lies just to the south east of Carmarthenshire for shopping, leisure, nightlife and restaurants. There are frequent bus and train connections from Llanelli and Carmarthen.
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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

English

Proper noun

Singular
Carmarthenshire

Plural
-

Carmarthenshire

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  1. A maritime traditional county of Wales, bordered by Glamorganshire, Brecknockshire, Cardiganshire and Pembrokeshire.
  2. A local government principal area, bordered by Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Powys, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Translations

  • Welsh: Sir Gaerfyrddin (1, 2) f.

Genealogy

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Carmarthenshire principal area
Image:WalesCarmarthenshire.png
Geography
Area
- Total
- % Water
Ranked 3rd
2,395 km²
? %
Admin HQ Carmarthen
Most Populous Town Llanelli
ISO 3166-2 GB-CMN
ONS code 00NU
Demographics
Population:
- Total (2006 est.

)
- Density
 

Ranked 4th Image:Wp_globe_tiny.gif
178,000


Ranked 18th Image:Wp_globe_tiny.gif
74

/ km²
Ethnicity 99.4% White
Welsh language
- Any skills
Ranked 3rd
63.6%
Politics
Arma of carmarthenshire County Council
Carmarthenshire County Council
http://www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/
Control Independent / Labour
MPs
AMs
MEPs Wales
Ancient county of Carmarthenshire
Image:WalesCarmarthenshireTrad.png
Geography
Area: (1891) 587,816 acres (2379 km²)
Rank: Ranked 1st
Administration
County town: Carmarthen
Chapman code: CMN

Carmarthenshire (Welsh: Sir Gaerfyrddin ) is a one of thirteen historic counties and a principal area in Wales. Its main towns are Llanelli, Carmarthen and Ammanford. Carmarthenshire is located in West Wales.

Contents

Geography

The county is bounded to the north by Ceredigion, to the east by Powys/Brecknockshire and West Glamorgan, to the south by the Bristol Channel and to the west by Pembrokeshire. Carmarthenshire has a population of approximately 170,000, 55.1% of whom are Welsh speakers. The surface generally is upland and mountainous. Fforest Fawr and Black Mountain extend into the east of the county and the Cambrian Mountains into the north. The south coast contains many fishing villages and sandy beaches. The highest point is Carmarthen Fan, 2,525 feet (770 m). Carmarthenshire is the largest historic county by area in Wales.

Principal towns are Ammanford, Burry Port, Carmarthen, Kidwelly, Llanelli, Llandeilo, Newcastle Emlyn and Llandovery, Sandy, St. Clears, Whitland, Pendine. The main rivers are the Tywi, the Loughor (which forms the eastern boundary with Glamorgan), and the Gwendraeth Fawr. The principal industries are agriculture, forestry, fishing and tourism. Although Llanelli is by far the larger town in the county, the county town remains in Carmarthen, mainly due to its central location.

Government

Main article: Carmarthenshire County Council

Carmarthenshire became an administrative county with a county council taking over functions from the Quarter Sessions under the Local Government Act 1888. Under the Local Government Act 1972, the administrative county of Carmarthenshire was abolished on April 1, 1974, and the area of Carmarthenshire became three districts within the new county of Dyfed : Carmarthen, Dinefwr and Llanelli. Under the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994, Dyfed was abolished on April 1, 1996, and the three districts united to form a unitary authority.

Places of interest

Historical places

Geography

Museums

Heritage railways

See also

External links




CoordinatesImage:Wp_globe_tiny.gif: 51°51′22″N, 4°18′38″WLatitude: 51°51′22″N
Longitude: 4°18′38″W


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