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Epic Days out in Carmarthenshire this Autumn
Costume drama addict? Head to 18th century Llanelly House and take a guided tour to learn about the influential Stepney family, hearing gossip and scandal from upstairs and downstairs. The café, housed in the Best Parlour and Drawing Room, is the ideal setting for a sumptuous afternoon tea.
The Nation Coracle Centre
The Nation Coracle Centre- this quirky museum is at Cenarth, almost touching the north of the county’s boundary and showcases a unique collection of coracles in very shape and form from Wales and around the world – all set in a 17th century mill beside the famous Cenarth Falls where salmon can be seen leaping in the autumn months. You can follow the fascinating story of one of the oldest forms of water transport and see examples from as far afield as India, Tibet and the USA. You may even spot a fisherman on the river on your way still using a coracle to fish from www.coraclemuseum.co.uk
Roman Caves and Gold Panning
Travel back in time at the UK’s oldest Roman gold mine, set in the heart of a 2500-acre estate in Pumsaint, overlooking the Cothi Valley. Families with a thirst for knowledge will love it here, with the chance to don hard hats, switch on miners’ lamps and descend underground for fun family tours of the mines before exploring surrounding Roman trails on free ‘Walk with the Romans’ audio tours, keeping eyes peeled for ancient forts, mining pits, pick marks and the mysterious Pumsaint Stone. Mini-historians can even try their hand at panning for gold.
Visit the ancient town with its showstopper castle, one of Wales’ most impressive, standing on a steep ridge towering above the River Gwendraeth and the country’s oldest canals. The earliest castle on the site was Norman and the town itself dates back to 1115AD so this will be a day packed full of learning about fascinating history and legends which surround the area by following the mythical ‘black cat’ trail. Marvel at the memorial to Princess Gwenllian, a true Welsh heroine, who died in battle in 1136 nearby fighting the Lord of the Castle, Maurice de Londres, to save Deheubarth (South West Wales) from the Norman invaders. Fast forward in time by dropping in at the Kidwelly Industrial Museum on the 13 acres of original tinplate works, the only surviving works in Britain with most of the buildings and machinery intact.