The ancient town of Kidwelly is the perfect spot for a cottage holiday within easy reach of historical attractions and the glorious coast and countryside of Carmarthenshire.
This small town lies on the River Gwendraeth, above beautiful Carmarthen Bay, and has been attracting holidaymakers for years. Kidwelly Castle is perhaps the best known attraction; its well preserved Norman buildings date back as far as 1106. Truly one of Wales' greatest Castles, Kidwelly features impressive outer walls, endless inner fortifications, spiral staircases and four towers overlooking the river and beyond. The town is also home to a beautiful Norman Church, an historic 14th Century gate and bridge, and a former quay that has been transformed into a beautiful nature reserve.
Kidwelly flourished during the industrial revolution but today, the remains of the brickworks and tinworks have all but vanished. The Kidwelly Industrial Museum is located on the site of the old tinworks and offers insight into the town’s rich heritage, with exhibits that date back to 1870.
Much of the town’s architecture harks back to the time of the Revolution and traditional Welsh dishes can be enjoyed in the pubs and restaurants located in the quaint buildings that line the charming, narrow streets.
Kidwelly offers plenty of outdoor activities to suit all ages. Walk along the numerous bridleways and footpaths through the town and into the surrounding countryside, cycle part of the National Cycle Network that runs right through the town centre, or enjoy fishing and kayaking in the nearby river Gwendraeth. Golf and archery is also on offer and for the more adventurous, mountain climbing expeditions can be arranged locally.
Whether you’re planning to revisit or discover this area for the first time, see our Kidwelly holiday cottages, for accommodation in the area.