Heart of Wales by Rail via Shrewsbury - Day 4

Thursday - We will spend the morning in Llandovery and then take the train for a short trip down the line to Llandeilo where we will stay for the afternoon and overnight.



We need to be back at the railway station for the 12.53 train.

For our morning in Llandovery, a chance to look around the town; head for the TIC for ideas for a walk. This National Park Information and Heritage Centre also provides an insight into the history of the local area; an audio visual presentation about the Brecon Beacons National Park is part of an exhibition here. It is open from Easter to October.

Llandovery Castle was built in 1110 and almost immediately captured by the Welsh, changing hands between Normans and Welsh. It was used by King Henry IV while on a sortie into Wales when he executed Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan in the marketplace. A 16-foot high stainless steel statue to Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan was unveiled in 2001 on the north side of Llandovery Castle, overlooking the place of his execution six hundred years earlier..

We catch the 12.53 Swansea bound train for a 20 minute trip following the River Tywi to Llandeilo.

For Journey Notes, go to our Points of Interest Llandovery-Llandeilo for more information.

We arrive at Llandeilo at 13.13 and leave the train. A thriving market town with a population 1,800, Llandeilo has a mixture of Medieval, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian streets with many fine buildings of historic and architectural interest. It also has a very interesting range of small independent shops and a number of small cafes.

Llandovery railway station is on the Heart of Wales Line that runs from Shrewsbury to Swansea.

Station Yard, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, SA20 0BG


Shrewsbury/Heart of Wales Town Tour Journey Notes 4 - Llandovery to Llandeilo.

Llandovery Railway Station, Station Yard, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, SA20 0BG



Turn right out of Llandeilo station and left into Blende Road which leads to the main road through the town, Rhosmaen Street. (Right and right again into Station Road for antiques). Turn left and up the hill for places to have lunch and the shops. (Turn right into New Road and then right again for Carmarthen Road and the White Hart Inn - just over half a mile; this route passes the entrance to Dinefwr Park & Castle). Continue on Rhosmaen Street downhill (The Cawdor will be on your right) and then right for side streets and more shops (including Toast) and cafes.

Sitting proudly on a hill above the river Tywi, there can be fewer towns in Wales more attractive than Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire.

Carmarthenshire, SA18 3EP

Walkers are Welcome Towns and Villages



After what was hopefully a very enjoyable lunch, now time to drop off your luggage and ask for local ideas on places to visit. Explore the town this afternoon including the side streets and all the quirky shops!


Dinner at your hotel or local restaurant.


Some suggestions for staying overnight include The Cawdor on Rhosmaen Street, a Grade II listed Georgian building that has played ‘a pivotal role’ in the history of Llandeilo with an interesting mix of antique and contemporary styles, the White Heart Inn is a privately owned 19th century hostelry on Carmarthen Road or local B&Bs.

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