Nestled within the Towy Valley and surrounded by castles and gardens, Llandeilo is a gem. An ancient capital of Wales, the town has the largest single arch stone bridge in Wales (145 ft, 44 metres) which is fringed by pretty pastel-painted houses that sweep up to the town centre and church.
Llandeilo has an excellent range of independently-owned shops, from antiques, galleries and boutiques, to butchers, bakers and ice-cream makers. There are several cafés and delis selling locally-produced products. It also has its own award-winning brewery, Evan- Evans.
The Llandeilo Gospel Book, a beautifully illuminated biblical manuscript from the 8th Century, can be seen in St Teilo's Church.
Nearby attractions include Dinefwr Castle and Newton House, both owned by the National Trust.Dinefwr Park and Castle was once the principal stronghold of the Princes of ancient Deheubarth. The castle is surrounded by 800 acres of spectacular parkland where you can see fallow deer and the unique Dinefwr White Park cattle. During the Second World War Newton House was used as a hospital, and the grounds housed people who had become homeless after bombing raids.
The beautiful Aberglasney estate is located 3 miles west from Llandeilo and is popular with gardeners and plant lovers.
Carreg Cennen Castle, one of the most romantic castles in Wales, is 4 miles away in the village of Trap.
There are regular train services to Llandeilo on the Heart of Wales Line which extends between Shrewsbury and Swansea.
Llandeilo hosts a number of events which are well worth visiting including Llandeilo Jazz Festival (July), Llandeilo Show (Aug), Llandeilo Festival of the Senses and Dinefwr Park Christmas Fayre (November).
More information about the town and surrounding area can be obtained from Llandovery Tourist Information Centre.