The Best Historic Viewpoints in Carmarthenshire...

Lewis Thomas | Capture Wales

A beautiful castle with spectacular views?! Who wouldn’t want to see that?

With the recent relaxation of the Covid-19 restrictions allowing domestic travel firstly within Wales and secondly within the UK, tourism is looking to bounce back. Wales is known for its beautiful historic sites such as its castles, towers, monuments and manor houses and some of these breath taking architectures can be found in Carmarthenshire. The county sits within the southwest of Wales and is known to be an historic county in its own right.

We’ve hand-picked some of the best places where you can visit these castles safely and learn about the history that surrounds them, while taking in the views of the beautiful landscapes that Carmarthenshire has to offer.

Dryslwyn Castle | Dryslwyn, Carmarthenshire

Dryslwyn Castle is known for its mysterious history, which has its ties to Lord Rhys Maredudd and a ownership battle with the English. Today however, the remains of the medieval castle can be found isolated on top of a hillside with spectacular views of the Tywi valley. After a nice walk to the top, this location is a must for sunset and sunrise seekers as well as history lovers as there are plenty of interesting information points to learn about its past. A truly breath-taking place!

Dinefwr Castle | Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire

Want more views of the Tywi valley? Look no further. Dinefwr Castle sits within Dinefwr Park owned by the National Trust, but the castle itself is owned by the Wildlife Trust, whilst managed by CADW. Dinefwr Park is surrounded by beautiful fields and woodlands with special blooms of an array of flowers. A particular favourite being the sea of bluebells around the trees in late April or early May. Once you’ve wondered up through the woodland trail you’ll find the castle with many different viewpoints on offer inside its walls. Most definitely worth taking the spiral stairs to the top tower to get that best view of the grounds and the Tywi valley! You can also visit Newton house that’s also on the grounds where you can see deer!

Paxton’s Tower | Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire

Although not technically a castle, this tower is surrounded in rich history that is fascinating to learn about! The gothic style tower was built around 1805 to celebrate William Paxton. Its unique location on top of a hill overlooking the village of Llanarthne meant that it can be visible across the whole Tywi Valley. It is a stone’s throw away from the National Botanic Garden of Wales. The views from this tower are out of this world! You’ll be able to see lush green fields, the meandering river and on a clear day the black mountains. This is another place that is popular for sunrises and sunsets where you can catch perfect orange skies with light beams settling through the tower’s magnificent archways. A must see!

Llansteffan Castle | Llansteffan, Carmarthenshire

Llansteffan castle is also known for its special views, which are often used in Wales’s promotional campaigns and adverts. So why not visit for yourself?! The castle overlooks an estuary where the river Tywi meets the sea as well as vast green farmlands. On a clear day the views out at sea stretch to other coastal locations such as Pembrey, Llanelli and Worms Head on the Gower Peninsula. There are many walks around Llansteffan that include beach walks and woodland walks that lead up to the castle itself. It’s a must whether you are looking for a family day out, walks with friends or solo exploring! Plus you can get an ice cream down at the beach during your visit!

Laugharne Castle | Laugharne, Carmarthenshire

This castle is situated in the town of Laugharne, which was home to a very special Welshman, the late poet Dylan Thomas whose work is known worldwide. The castle looks over the Taf estuary, which is a photo capturing moment in its own right. The intimidating remains of the two giant stone towers will impress anyone who appreciates historic architecture. You can explore the inside to this fascinating castle subject to CADW booked tickets and abiding by safety guidelines. The walk around the castle is very peaceful and be sure to check out Dylan Thomas’s boathouse and see for yourself where his masterpieces were created!

Kidwelly Castle | Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire

You might recognise this castle from the opening scenes of Monty Python’s Holy Grail! The breath-taking 12thcentury castle overlooks the town of Kidwelly, the river Gwendraeth and an estuary out to sea. The river views are beautiful especially during a misty morning. This castle has many exploration points including its towers and rooms. This castle’s entry is ticketed but it is worth learning about its spectacular history and beautiful views. Another spectacular day out for both adults and families to enjoy. A true medieval fortress waiting to be explored…

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