Explore Carmarthenshire

Pen-y-banc is located in east Carmarthenshire and on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. This part of Wales is very rich in places to visit and activities to enjoy.

Places to Visit

Just a few miles from Pen-y-banc you will find the small market towns of Llandeilo and Llandovery (which has an excellent Heritage Centre, and indoor swimming pool & sauna).

Less than an hour’s drive away are the Brecon Beacons, the waterfalls of the Neath Valley, the National Showcaves at Dan-yr-Ogof, and the beautiful beaches of Gower, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion (the stunning beach at Rhossili Bay, Gower is pictured at the top of this page).

History, Heritage and Culture

For lovers of history the castles of Carreg Cennen, Dinefwr and Dryslwyn are about 20 minutes drive from Pen-y-banc. There are also some fantastic National Trust properties worth visiting, including Dinefwr in Llandeilo, the Dolaucothi Gold Mines in Pumsaint and a little further afield the Llanerchaeron estate.

If you enjoy visiting gardens then we can recommend the National Botanic Gardens near Llanarthne and also Aberglasney House and Gardens.

 The Heart of Wales railway line runs from Swansea to Shrewsbury through magnificent scenery, & may be boarded at Llanwrda Station (by request !). HOWLTA (The Heart of Wales Line Travellers’ Association) has its HQ in the cafe at Llandovery Station.


Pen-y-Banc is ideally situated for a wide range of activities. Easy to strenuous walking is close at hand, as is fishing on the River Towy (club or private waters).

For birdwatchers, this is Red Kite country, with the RSPB reserve at Dinas. The WWT reserve at National Wetland Centre Wales is 45 minutes away, adjoining the Llanelli Millennium Coastal Park. West of this is Pembrey Country Park, with its magnificent award winning 3 mile beach. Horse riding is also available.

Eating out

There are many good pubs, cafes and restaurants in our nearby villages and towns where you can enjoy a meal out.

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