Local Area Information

The town of Kidwelly lies on the banks of the River Gwendraeth above Carmarthen Bay. Kidwelly is a coastal town, ideally situated as a centre for touring West Wales, the Pembrokeshire National Park, the Gower Peninsula & the Brecon Beacons. The area is a superb mix of rolling countryside, seashore and woodland

Occupying a commanding position above the winding River Gwendreath, Kidwelly Castle is a must to explore.

Kidwelly has all the local amenities you need including the Co-op which is a short walk from the cottage and is open 7am-10pm Mon- Sat and 10am -4pm Sun. The Original Factory Shop is great for those items you may have forgotten. If you would like to treat yourself to a pampering session why not visit Serenity Health and Beauty salon in the old Steam Bakery. There are also takeaways, pubs, and coffee shops, Time for Tea, Kidwelly Deli, Parc y Bocs, and the Masons arms are all dog friendly. 

Just a short drive away, Pembrey Country Park offers an array of outdoor activities including horse riding and an exhilarating dry-ski slope. Cefn Sidan beach provides the perfect spot for family fun or relaxing bathing. It has been described as one of Europe’s’ finest beaches and has been a winner of the prestigious Blue Flag Award 17 times. The eight miles of golden sands are fringed by dunes and boast stunning views over the Gower Coastline. Except for a small section during the summer, dogs are welcomed on the beach all year round. 

Besides the beach, there is a whole host of attractions and activities in the adjoining 500 acres of parkland including a bike hire, dry-ski slope, the longest toboggan run in Wales, narrow gauge railway, crazy golf, cycle track, large adventure playground plus numerous nature trails through the hundreds of acres of forest to take advantage of. The cafe/restaurant in the park is dog-friendly inside with ample outside seating including covered tables for winter months. The forest is great for dog walking and even in the winter, your furry friends will stay clean as the forest is all on sand! The park also boasts a full program of special events and offers a self-guided tour.

Other Local attractions include:
  • Ffos Las Racecourse 
  • Glyn Abby golf course and driving range
  • Gwili Railway, a steam railway near Carmarthen
  • Pembrey Motor Circuit, with full program of events and track days
  • Llanelli House
  • The national Botanic gardens
  • The British Bird of prey centre