A historic market town set beside the blue sweep of the Loughor estuary, Llanelli has plenty to offer day trippers, from dreamy waterside walks to chances to delve into the town’s rich industrial history. Hop on a train to Llanelli station and plan your day around these 5 excellent attractions.
Llanelly House – 15 minutes’ walk from Llanelli station
This stunning Georgian house was lovingly restored and opened to the public in 2013 as an events venue and historical attraction. The building’s beautiful interior now looks as it would have done in its heyday; visitors can take a guided tour to learn about the lives of the people who lived there, including the wealthy Stepney family, for whom the house was built, and their servants. After your tour, head to the in-house bistro for a bite to eat.
Llanelli market – 15 minutes’ walk from Llanelli Station
Set in the very heart of Llanelli, this indoor market is packed with local specialities including cockles, fresh fish, home-grown vegetables, top quality meats and deli goods. Stroll around its colourful stalls and stock up on lunchtime sandwiches and home-made Welshcakes from the Market Sandwich Bar.
Parc Howard Museum – 25 minutes’ walk from Llanelli Station
This magnificent Bath Stone villa sits in colourful gardens, which are open to the public all year round. If you picked up sandwiches at the market, this is a great place to enjoy them on a sunny day. Built at the end of the 19th Century for the wealthy Buckley brewing family, the villa now houses exhibitions detailing Llanelli’s history, along with an impressive collection of Llanelli pottery. You can follow the story of Llanelli’s industrial past and learn how the town earned the nickname ‘Tinopolis’. The museum is currently closed for refurbishment but opens again at Easter 2022.
The Millennium Coastal Park – 19 minutes’ walk from Llanelli Station
Take in beautiful views across the Loughor Estuary to the Gower Peninsula from the Millennium Coastal Park, which offers heavenly watersides walks, and an excellent refreshment stop in the form of the St Elli’s Bay brasserie, bistro and gelateria. If you’ve brought your bike, you can explore further, travelling up to Burry Port and Pembrey Country Park.
Llanelli Wetland Centre – 8 minutes by cab from Llanelli Station
You’ll have to hop in a cab for this one, unless you fancy a 45-minute walk – but the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust’s Llanelli Wetland Centre is worth going out on a limb for. This otherworldly expanse of marshland is home to some remarkable birds and mammals, including water voles, kingfishers and lapwings – and it also has an extensive collection of rare waterfowl from around the world, which you can get up close to and feed. You can hire bikes to explore the many paths that crisscross the wetlands, settle in a hide for a spot of birdwatching, watch the children play in adventure playgrounds, and visit the resident flock of flamingos. The visitor centre hosts a rolling programme of educational events, and has a great café.