Explore Carmarthenshire Castles

Carmarthenshire’s castles and sites are spread across the county with a broad brush.

Carmarthenshire is characteristically more rural than Pembrokeshire or Ceredigion, but it does have a coastline, and that coastline is home to some truly magnificent castles. Springing to mind straight away, you have the clifftop ruins of Llansteffan castle. And a few miles down the road, you have the wonderful example that is Laugharne Castle.

All in all, there are 12 main castles to speak of in Carmarthenshire. If you go more inland, you have some fantastic spots such as Carreg Cennen and the castle in Carmarthen town as well.

Whilst there are considered to be 12 designated sites, there are other interesting structures to see in the rural Carmarthenshire countryside. Paxton’s Tower (pictured) is a prime example of that. The tower is a Neo-Gothic folly, which was erected in honour of Lord Nelson around 200 years ago and is situated on the top of a hill near Llanarthney in the Tywi valley.

Castles and sites of interest in Carmarthenshire

  • Banc y Betws (Llangyndeyrn)
  • Carmarthen
  • Carreg Cennen
  • Dinefwr
  • Dryslwyn
  • Kidwelly
  • Laugharne
  • Llandovery
  • Llansteffan
  • Moel (Llangain)
  • Newcastle Emlyn
  • Rhyd-y-gors

Other interesting places to explore…

  • Paxton’s Tower, Llanarthney (pictured)