Carmarthenshire - A Delighful Corner of Wales

Carmarthenshire - A Delighful Corner of Wales

5 day tour with visits to Britain's smallest city, St David's, Saundersfoot and the Gower Peninsula


5 day tour with visits to Britain's smallest city, St David's, Saundersfoot and the Gower Peninsula


Saundersfoot is a pretty seaside resort in between Tenby and Amroth. It's much more compact than Tenby and has a charm and character of its own. In many respects Saundersfoot is a much more accessible seaside resort: Saundersfoot beach is wide, sandy and has a blue flag.

There are plenty of places to eat and drink around the harbour. Saundersfoot was designated as a conservation area by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in 1995.


Tenby is a delightful little harbour town and seaside resort, with 2.5 miles of sandy beaches, steeped in ancient history and surrounded by imposing 13th century medieval stone walls, including the Five Arches barbican gatehouse. Other notable features include the 15th century St. Mary's Church; the Tudor Merchant's House ( National Trust); Tenby Museum and Art Gallery; and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, part of Wales' only coastal National Park. Boats sail from Tenby's harbour to the offshore monastic Caldey Island, while St Catherine's Island is a tidal island. 



Gower or the Gower Peninsula

The 19 mile-long Gower Peninsula starts at Mumbles and extends westwards into the Bristol Channel and is the most westerly part of the historic county of Glamorgan and

is famous for its beautiful coastline and beaches and inland its sheltered woodland and rolling grasslands.

In 1956, Gower became the first area in the United Kingdom to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Covering 188 sq km, it was awarded its AONB status for its classic coastline (much of it is Heritage Coast) and its outstanding natural environment (33% is National Nature Reserve or a Site of Special Scientific Interest).


St Davids

St Davids is a beautiful and unique city surrounded by some of the finest coastline in Europe. A thriving community, St Davids is a vibrant city with a sense of belonging. A favourite location of artists, travellers, pilgrims and surfers. Sun, sea and scenery. It is Britain's smallest city in terms of both size and population, the final resting place of Saint David, Wales's patron saint. St Davids was given city status in the 16th century due to the presence of St David's Cathedral but lost this in 1888. City status was restored in 1994 at the request of Queen Elizabeth II.

Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria as we head south to Chester and then on through Mid Wales past Llandrindod Wells to Carmarthen and our hotel the Ivy Bush. Tea/coffee and Welsh cakes are served on arrival whilst our cases are taken to the rooms. Dinner tonight is followed by entertainment.


Day 2

This morning we travel west to the popular small seaside resort of Saundersfoot, time to explore the little harbour, before leaving for the short ride to Tenby. With the old town walls, interesting little side streets and alleyways to explore as well as the superb beaches, it is easy to see why Tenby is South West Wales’s main holiday resort. Our return to Carmarthen takes us via Pendine Sands and Laugharne, former home of Dylan Thomas. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 3

Today our excursion today takes us to the beautiful unspoilt scenery of the Gower Peninsula, designated an ‘Area of outstanding natural beauty’. We visit the picture postcard resort of Mumbles, view the nature reserve of Worm’s Head, and Rhossili Bay, where the 250ft cliff drops steeply to the beach below. We return to Carmarthen mid afternoon. Dinner and entertainment in the hotel tonight.

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Day 4

Today we drive to St Bride’s Bay and the magical place of St. David’s, birthplace of the patron saint of Wales. St. David’s has a beautiful Cathedral, the smallest in Great Britain, well worth a visit. From St. David's we head around the Preseli Mountains back to Carmarthen. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 5

We leave our hosts in Carmarthen for the return journey home to Cumbria.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

The Ivy Bush Hotel

The Ivy Bush Royal Hotel has long welcomed leisure and business guests in considerable comfort and style commanding a spectacular position at the gateway to the Golden West.

Once a favored retreat for Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton, the hotel has been sympathetically modernized to blend its old world charm with modern facilities.

There are 70 comfortably furnished bedrooms all with ensuite bathroom with shower over bath and come equipped with television with satellite channels, a hairdryer, ironing centres and a hospitality tray.

Fresh local produce is used extensively in the seasonal menus and Welsh Black beef from a local farm features prominently. Air-conditioned, with friendly service from experienced staff, the restaurant is open daily for all meals. Breakfast buffet with an abundant array of hot & cold foods. Afternoon Tea is available 7 days a week between 2.30pm and 5.30pm.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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