Burry Port, Pembrey & the Golden Coast
Pembrey and Burry Port has everything to provide a perfect family day out or a relaxing holiday in idyllic surroundings.
Discover Burry Port
If you’re travelling with the family, Pembrey Country Park - which links to Cefn Sidan beach - is the place to be based. It is one of Wales’s top visitor attractions. As well as the 8 mile beach and 550 acres of lush woodland, there are activities galore to entertain young and old including plenty of wet-weather options. Wales’ longest toboggan run, a 130m dry ski slope, wildlife trails, beach entertainers, crazy golf and a forest adventure playground will make it your kids’ new favourite place to be. Pembrey Country Park is set against the spectacular backdrop of the Gower Peninsula and overlooking the coastal scenery of Carmarthen Bay, why not round off the day’s adventures with a barbeque by the sea.
Just round the coast from Cefn Sidan is Burry Port Marina, the Burry Port Lighthouse is a well-loved local landmark that sits on the outer harbour. A walk around the marina is a pleasurable experience, especially with the stunning views across to the Gower and the sailing boats tinkering at anchor. People love to ramble about the nearby paths and dunes or park up and enjoy and ice cream or a crepe, sea fishing trips are also available in season.
Not to be missed
Wrecks and relics
Pembrey has a Bermuda Triangle type reputation, shifting sands and fast currents have led Cefn Sidan to be the final resting place to a number of shipwrecks dating back to 1668. Evidence of the vast volume of sea traffic which passed along our shores can be seen protruding from its sands towards the northern end of the beach. A walk of around 10 miles would have to be undertaken to see them all. Anchors displayed at the main beach entrance are medallions of Cefn Sidan’s maritime history. The famous Le Jeune Emma wrecked there in 1828 killing Adeline niece of Napoleon’s first wife to find out more why not follow the tombstone trail.
Burry Port Harbour
Burry Port is a charming little harbour town within the Millennium Coastal Park, and is best known for being the place where Amelia Earhart landed after her record breaking 1928 flight across the Atlantic. On the way to the harbour, you will notice the famous Parsons Pickles factory where the finest pickles are made to a secret recipe, as well as lava bread and cockles.
Pembrey Racing Circuit
The RAF developed their WW11 Spitfire fighter base at RAF Pembrey Sands and the 500-acre airfield now hosts Pembrey Circuit which has a packed motor racing calendar of events and a busy small private airfield. The challenging track has tested the skills of drivers as famed as Lewis Hamilton, Nigel Mansell and Michael Schumacher.
World class golf
One of the finest Championship Links courses in Britain and currently ranked 6th best in Wales, the Ashburnham has hosted prestigious professional and amateur Championships. The fact that the current course record is no lower than 70, bears witness to the credentials of the challenge.