Llanelli & the Millennium Coastal ParkEpic Leisure & Legendary adventures
Llanelli has nature to get up close to, history to step back into and sport to take part in – or enjoy as a vocal spectator!
Llanelli is a traditional market town, compact, accessible, friendly and welcoming, offering all the services you expect in a town centre – banks, post office, professional services, hairdressers and beauticians, cafés and restaurants. The St Elli shopping centre with its eye-catching glass pyramid adjoins the popular indoor market over flowing with welsh culture, colourful heaps of fresh fruit and vegetables and useful stalls. Mingling within the high street is a modern library and a historic landmark property Llanelly House all linked by canopied streets, upgraded properties, footpaths and cycleways. The whole shopping centre is flat, allowing easy access for young and old alike.
A short walk away from Llanelli town centre is Parc Howard Mansion & gardens, which transports you into the 19th century when Llanelli grew on the strength of its tinplate production; the gardens are gorgeous and inside the house is the largest collection of Llanelly Pottery. On the outskirts of Llanelli on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, the owners of impressive mid-Victorian Stradey Castle lead fascinating tours of their historic home.
The traditional town centre offer is complemented by a fantastic out of town retail centre at Parc Trostre and Parc Pemberton offering a huge selection of high street shopping.
Walk or cycle along the Millennium Coastal Path, which runs from Llanelli through Sandy Water Park, Burry Port to Pembrey Forest. The magnificent promenade with viewing platforms boast stunning views of Carmarthen Bay and the Gower Peninsular. There are specious car parks and a fantastic adventure playground too. Bikes can be hired at Ramp Skatepark, it is not what you would expect to find on the outskirts of town but it is attracting attention from skateboarders near and far.
Around the world Llanelli is known for its legendary rugby team, Llanelli Scarlets. It screams great players down more than 100 years - Albert Jenkins to Phil Bennett and George North. Watch the Scarlets play at the Parc y Scarlets and experience the local passion for the national sport.
Not to be missed
Eastgate Leisure Quarter
An Odeon multiplex cinema is located in the center of the Eastgate development along with a state of the art theatre Ffwrnes providing all year round top class live theatre to rival anything the best of the West End currently has to offer!. Eastgate also offers a range of eateries from Nando’s, Joe’s Ice cream to Costa Coffee catering for every taste around every corner.
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.
Millennium Coastal Park
At its heart of the Millennium Coastal Park is the Discovery Centre, the Flanagan’s café in the center brings a flavor of the Riviera to the Millennium Coastal Park. The cafés menu offer a range of light lunches, snacks and other drinks to cater for all visitor tastes and preferences. It’s an ideal place for park visitors to rest, relax and take in the wonderful views of Carmarthen Bay and the Gower Peninsula. There is an ice cream kiosk and adventure playground too, perfect to keep the little ones fully entertained.
The WWT Llanelli Wetlands Centre is a treasure trove of wildlife activity: hand-feed the rarest goose in the world, spot kingfishers, water voles and dragonflies on a canoe safari and fly up the Viewing Tower for a breath-taking 360˚ panorama.