Looking for a rural escape in Wales? Why not have a fun weekend in Llandeilo?
The colourful town of Llandeilo is one of the prettiest towns in Carmarthenshire. This quiet hilltop town is home to boutique shopping, independent cafes and bars and stately homes.
Llandeilo is also surrounded by glorious Welsh countryside and is within easy reach of many local attractions and activities.
It’s situated along a pretty stretch of the River Tywi and is located on the edge of the Cambrian Mountains, with the Brecon Beacons National Park to the east.
48 hours in Llandeilo
Picturesque streets aside, there are many reasons to visit Llandeilo. This charming community features boutique shops, cute cafes, country walks and historic homes.
If you are wondering how to spend a weekend in Llandeilo, then check out our guide to this chic town in Wales and start planning your rural escape.
Disclaimer: Content created from a press trip with Discover Carmarthenshire.
Spend a morning shopping in Llandeilo
Llandeilo has a fantastic selection of independent shops and cafes, making it one of the best shopping destinations in Wales.
The shops in Llandeilo Stores range from ladies fashion, butchers, chocolate emporium, furniture, crafts, menswear and jewellers.
Independent shops in Llandeilo include:
- The Little Welsh Dresser
- Barr & Co
- Chess Menswear
- Rig Out Boutique
- Igam Ogam
Have a picnic lunch in Llandeilo
There are lots of lovely locations for a picnic in Llandeilo, one of our favourite spots is near the historic Bandstand in Penlan Park.
You can either pack your own picnic full of Welsh produce or call into Ginhaus deli and pick up a selection of tasty deli items for your picnic.
Ginhaus Deli also has an impressive range of gins to sample and even has a “Wall of Gin” on display. Make sure to call in for a massive, post-picnic G&T.
Furniture painting at the Little Welsh Dresser
One of the more unique activities in Llandelio is a furniture painting workshop.
This boutique store in the centre of Llandeilo is full of Welsh gifts, cards, crafts and of course chalk paint.
The furniture painting workshops take place at the back of the store under the expert instruction of store owner Ben.
Spend a few hours painting, distressing and waxing your tired old furniture and transforming it into a magnificent, distressed piece that will be the envy of family and friends back home.
Attend a chocolate tasting evening
If you fancy a unique, chocolate-filled evening, then Heavenly Chocolate Emporium in the centre of town run ‘chocolate tasting’ events throughout the year.
During this sugar-filled event, you’ll get a brief history of chocolate and how it has become a much-loved indulgence.
Indulge in an early evening of chocolate tasting with Tracey Kindred, a multi-award-winning chocolatier.
Enjoy some glasses of fizz a brief history of chocolate and then a detailed and fun tasting session with seven different types of chocolate from the store.
The tasting chocolate includes dark and milk chocolate, seasonal ganache and truffles.
Dinner at Plough Rhosmaen
Spoil yourself with a delicious dinner at the Plough Rhosmaen; an award-winning, four-star boutique hotel at the edge of the Brecon Beacons.
The Plough Rhosmaen serves delicious local dishes cooked in an intriguing style. It has previously won the Visit Wales Gold Award for quality, comfort and hospitality.
Their ingredients are sourced locally and they strive to keep their food miles low. Nothing like a date night with a little sustainability thrown in right?
Typical dinner dishes at The Plough Rhosmaen include ‘Celtic Pride chateaubriand for two’, ‘Pan-fried seabass fillet’ and ‘Moroccan mezze platter
Deer spotting at Dinefwr Park
See if you can spot elusive fallow deer at Dinefwr Park. It’s a beautiful 800-acre estate on the outskirts of the old farming town of Llandeilo.
There are several parkland walks in this beautiful part of Carmarthenshire that contain an array of Welsh heritage and natural history.
The estate has a surprising diversity of landscape including meadows, woodlands and open fields.
If you are keen to spot deer, make sure you are super quiet when walking around and you might just get some snaps! It’s definitely one of the more unique activities in Wales.
Lunch at Y Sied
Take a short drive from the centre of Llandeilo to renovated-barn-turned- cafe space Y Sied.
This trendy foodie space is known for cooking classes and tasty dishes made with local produce.
The interior design is achingly hipster chic, with stripped-back decor, wooden beams and chalkboard menus.
The lunch menu contains a range of wholesome homemade food and traditional Welsh dishes including Cawl, soups and platters. I highly recommend trying a bowl of steaming traditional Welsh Cawl.
Discover Aberglasney Garden
One of the finest gardens you can visit in Wales is Aberglasney Garden, a restored medieval house and gardens set in the Tywi valley.
The gardens made famous by the BBC TV series “A Garden Lost in Time” which documented its wonderful restoration.
The Gardens not only contain pleasant walks but also tea rooms, a plant shop and a Cloister Garden.
Aberglasney also hosts several events and art exhibitions throughout the year. There are also a series of workshops, talks and musical events available if you are looking to get a bit more cultured
Dinner at the Cawdor
When visiting Llandelio you need to go on a dinner date at The Cawdor, one of the best places to eat in Llandeilo.
The Cawdor is a 4-star boutique hotel located right in the centre of Llandeilo.
As soon as you enter, there is a most definitely relaxing, unpretentious atmosphere in this stylish hotel and restaurant.
The Cawdor has a well-deserved reputation for serving fresh seasonal produce.
Their menu items are sourced from farmers and local suppliers and also beautifully plated and presented.
Drinks at Ginhaus Deli
Spend a boozy evening at the hip Ginhaus Deli. Responsibly sample a huge range of gins from their Instagrammable “Wall of Gin”.
It’s the perfect place for a fun evening sipping their collection of over 240 gins from over 46 different countries, including Wales.
There’s a real lively ambiance here, especially on the wekeends as locals and visitors alike enjoy gun, live music and a selection of delicious dishes.
Where to stay in Llandeilo?
Llandeilo has a brilliant range of accommodation if you’re looking for somewhere to stay for the weekend?
Choose from boutique Hotels, charming, traditional B&B’s, modern AirBnb’s and self-catering holiday cottages.
You can find a hotel to suit your budget and length of time by using online price comparison sites such as Booking.com to find the best hotel deals in the area.
Some of the best places to stay in Llandeilo include:
The Nest at Bentley’s Llandeilo
If you want to stay right in the centre of Llandeilo why not book a luxury Airbnb and stay at The Nest at Bentley’s?
Book The Nest at Bentley’s’ on Airbnb and spoil yourself with a lovely boutique Airbnb in Llandeilo.
The Nest is a swish, upscale townhouse that is really conveniently located right by all the shops and restaurants.
Why visit Llandeilo?
I feel that Llandeilo is one of the most attractive market towns in Wales, I love its colourful houses, foodie finds and boutique shops.
Llandeilo is a great weekend break in the UK if you are looking for a unique, shopping and dining experience, with a charming small-town feel.
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