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Being in the heart of Carmarthen town centre means you have some of the best attractions on the doorstep. This market town is popular with shoppers from across the UK and has been voted the third best shopping destination in Wales. As well as many of the high street brands there is an impressive selection of independent shops, and of course the famous market. Carmarthen also boasts a wonderful Leisure Centre and a challenging golf course. While The United Counties Showground at Nant y Ci, Carmarthen, hosts some of the biggest events on the Welsh agricultural calendar.

Heading out of town and into the picturesque countryside you will find yourself only a short drive away from Carmarthenshire’s and Pembrokeshire’s best attractions. We are blessed in West Wales with beautiful beaches and the historic castles remind us of the myth and legend from centuries ago.

Modern day attractions include golf courses and gardens, a race course and theme parks, in fact everything you could wish is only minutes away, and when you arrive back at the Falcon Hotel you know there are hot food, a warm welcome and cool drinks waiting for you.

Favourite attractions to visit and their distance from the hotel:

Aberglasney Gardens – 13 miles

Aberglasney House is home to one of the most beautiful and renowned gardens in Wales. In a country famous for its bards it is quite apt that Aberglasney Gardens has been an inspiration for poets since 1477. The gardens and the house have been recently renovated and returned to their Victorian splendour.

Visit: www.aberglasney.org

Ffos Las Racecourse – 13 miles

Ffos Las has brought top class racing back to West Wales for the first time since 1937. The setting is magnificent. It is surrounded by rolling hills and countryside and has a view down the Gwendraeth Valley to Carmarthen Bay. Since the opening meeting in June 2009 Ffos Las has staged both National Hunt and Flat fixtures.

Visit: www.ffoslasracecourse.com

Folly Farm – 22 miles

Folly Farm has become one of the most exciting family days out for families. As well as a Vintage Funfair and Adventure Play Area there is Folly Zoo with more than 50 species and 250 animals. These include the only giraffes in Wales, penguins, zebras, camels, lemurs, meerkats and lions to name just a few.

Visit: www.folly-farm.co.uk

Heatherton – 28 miles

Heatherton is a sports theme park that appeals to all ages. There is an activity zone that includes adventure golf, pistol shooting, archery and American baseball. The adrenaline zone includes go- karts, paintballing, and tree tops trails. The play zone is great for younger children and there is bowls and golf too.

Visit: www.heatherton.co.uk

National Botanic Garden – 8 miles

The National Botanic Garden of Wales covers 568 acres of beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside. This award-winning garden is the most visited in the country and has an amazing collection of over 8,000 varieties of plant species. The world’s largest single spanned glasshouse has the best display of Mediterranean climate zone plants in the Northern hemisphere.

Visit: www.gardenofwales.org.uk

Oakwood Park – 24 miles

Oakwood Theme Park has an impressive variety of rides for visitors to enjoy. From adrenaline fuelled, white knuckle rides such as Speed, Megafobia and Vertigo to family rides such as the Treetops Coaster, the Pirate Ship and Snake River Falls. Neverland is the newest addition to the Park and offers rides for younger children.

Visit: www.oakwoodthemepark.co.uk

Pembrey Country Park– 15 miles

This beautiful country park boasts eight miles of golden sands at Cefn Sidan and more than 500 acres of tranquil woodlands which look its best at this time of year. There is also a dry ski slope, a large adventure playground, pitch and putt, wildlife trails and the longest toboggan run in Wales. Horse riding is popular here and visitors can hire bikes.

Visit: www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/parks/

Pembrey Racing Circuit – 15 miles

Pembrey Circuit has a busy calendar of events on throughout the year including car, motorcycle and truck racing. This is a great circuit for drivers and with most spectating areas offering views of most of the circuit it is fantastic for fans. If you fancy yourself as the next Jenson Button, there is also a choice of driving experiences to be enjoyed.

Visit: www.pembreycircuit.co.uk

And places too:

Laugharne – 13 miles

The beautiful town of Laugharne was home to renowned poet Dylan Thomas. It was from his Boathouse overlooking the picturesque Taf estuary that he wrote some of his most famous work and with 2014 being the 100th anniversary of his birth, never has there been a better time to visit. But Laugharne also has so much more to offer visitors

Pendine – 19 miles

The golden sands of Pendine are only a short drive away and this is where the world land speed record was set five times in the 1920s. The pace of life at Pendine has slowed down a bit since then but it is still a picturesque place to visit and there is a Museum of Speed where visitors can learn all about those exciting days of breaking records.

Narberth – 21 miles

The gorgeous little market town of Narberth is set a short drive away in the east of Pembrokeshire. Multi-coloured Edwardian and Georgian buildings line the high street which has developed quite a reputation as a shopper’s heaven. Independent shops selling a whole range of exquisite items from fine art to fine food rub shoulders with vintage and antique shops.

Tenby – 27 miles

The picture postcard little harbour town and seaside resort is famous throughout the world. With two beaches and views out to the monastery on Caldey Island, Tenby is well worth visiting anytime of the year. Cobbled streets lie within the original town walls and there are plenty of places to visit and things to do.