Carmarthenshire County Museum

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The Carmarthenshire county museum tells the stories of people, power and protest across Carmarthenshire, from the arts and crafts they made to the tools and techniques they used. See fascinating exhibitions, hear the Carmarthenshire story, and experience the atmosphere of an Old Bishop's Palace.

Based in the 700-year-old former Palace for the Bishops of St David's, you'll find reminders of that history throughout your visit. From a peaceful Chapel to a dark Old Kitchen, you'll find plenty to enjoy at the Palace in a Park.

Displays at the County Museum include local archaeology, Egyptology, pottery, portraits, landscape paintings, Welsh furniture, costume, a Victorian schoolroom, life on the farm and the homefront in World War 2.

The Bishops Palace & Park
The museum building was once the palace of the Bishops of St. David's (1542 - 1974) and it was here that the New Testament was first translated into Welsh in 1567. When you visit, you'll still see much that was familiar to the Bishops, including the large kitchen and their private chapel. And despite being a museum, people like that the palace's rooms and connecting spaces aren't huge and were intended as a home.

The Bishop’s Park extends to 7.5 acres of historic parkland and looks fantastic thanks to recent restoration work. A walk around the grounds is a real pleasure and the new café is open for great coffee and great cakes.

Gift Shop
Showcasing the work of local crafts people this small gift shop is jam-packed with gifts. The inspiration has been Carmarthenshire and Wales. The stories, the history, the traditions, the crafts.  

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Free Entry



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impaired
  • Wheelchairs available


  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits


  • Free Parking - Parking for 20 cars

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The museum is in the village of Abergwili, approximately 1.5 miles east of Carmarthen, on the A40 (Llandeilo).

Public Transport Directions

Carmarthen station is 2 miles away

Carmarthenshire County Museum


Carmarthenshire County Museum, The Old Palace, Abergwili, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA31 2JG

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Opening Times

* Closed over Christmas Period.
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 16:30


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