Nearby Towns, Cities, and Villages

There's a lot nearby, and even more a little further away.  We can't describe them all in any sort of detail so, instead, we'll just list a few places that you might like to explore.

 See the bottom of the page for links.

St Clears

This is our local town, and it's probably where you'll enjoy your local shopping.   It contains a large and very well stocked Spar, which will cater for all the usual needs, a Co-op, two pharmacies, two pubs, a fish and chip shop, Chinese takeaway, two Indian takeaways, pizza takeaway, bakery, post office, two award-winning butchers, large pet supplies shop, pet grooming salon, two hairdressers, and then a range of very useful, though not holiday oriented shops that sell bathrooms, kitchens, fireplaces, country and farming implements and machinery, electrical discount warehouse etc.  There's also a health centre and vet.  The West Wales craft centre is worth a visit. Dogs need to be well-trained or on a lead

Laugharne  (Pronounced Larn)

This quaint village is associated with Dylan Thomas, the greatest Welsh Bard of the twentieth century, and was the setting for his classic work "Under Milk Wood".   It contains a small number of good pubs, small shops and restaurants.  Visitors come to see The Boathouse where Thomas composed his great works as well as the castle and surrounding countryside.   Plenty of open space for both people and dogs as long as they are comfortable with a lot of people milling around. The newly completed Pembrokeshire Coastal Path starts here and continues for some 180 miles!

Carmarthen

This is a thriving market town (and administrative centre) which will look after all your needs.  There is an indoor and outdoor market on Wednesdays and Saturdays where all sorts of bargains may be obtained, as well as a farmers market on the first Friday of the month.  Here you'll find all the usual shops and banks etc., as well as many quaint little shops selling all sorts of curios and unique jewellery that you don't find in most cities

Whitland

This is a curious little place with some of the most amazing shops we've ever come across.   Almost everything is centred around the main street which although appearing unremarkable from the outside, are the nearest thing to Dr. Who's 'TARDIS' that you're likely to come across. Some of these little shops have a doorway that leads through to another room, and then another, and then another, and when you think you've explored everything, might even find that it continues again upstairs!   It's also worth noting that Whitland has a mainline train station (though no ticket office)

 

Narberth

One of the hidden little gems of the Welsh countryside, this is a lovely little town with upmarket shops selling jewellery, clothes, artwork etc.  Here, quality comes before quantity. If you want something unique to bring back from your holidays, this is the place to visit

Haverford West

A reasonably sized town to the west.   This, like Carmarthen, has all the shops and facilities that you'd expect from such a place.  The usual big name stores are there as well as the quaint little ones that give it such  a unique atmosphere.  A key feature is the river running through the centre that effectively divides the town into two.   Parking is ample, though you may have to climb the odd hill to get about

Tenby

A beautiful little seaside town with a nice shopping centre/market.  Most people go just to enjoy the beaches, which are beautiful, but the market is worth visiting.  Somehow it's easy to miss, and even after people have been in it and looked around, they've lost their bearings and not been able to find it again for a while (perhaps there some curious twist in time and space that links it to Whitland!) It also has a Woolworths smaller than some peoples living rooms!   It has good restaurants, pubs, and hotels, so you're really spoilt for choice if you get hungry or thirsty. There are dog restrictions here, but dogs are allowed on part of the south beach

Saundersfoot

This is very close to Tenby, and has a range of exciting little shops that you'd expect from a lovely little seaside town.  Like Tenby, it attracts so many visitors that car parks demand a charge, currently a hefty £2.50 in the beach/harbour car park with no re-admittance.  Dogs are allowed on part of the east beach past the harbour beach but everywhere else they must be kept on a lead

Kidwelly

Kidwelly, established around 1115 AD, is a lovely costal town with beaches, woodland and a lot of history.  It has a beautifully well-preserved castle, industrial museum and ancient church. Nearby Burry Port has a picturesque harbour with views over the estuary and is close to Pembrey Country Park and beach, motor racing circuit and Cefn Sidan sands.   Fore more information, see http://www.kidwelly.gov.uk/content/menu.htm

 

Llanelli

A thriving town built on the prosperity of the steel and coal industry, it has  the pet name of Sospan, due to the tinplate industry and the products that were made from this.   It's the home of the Scarlets rugby team. It has a good shopping centre, and a market on Thursdays and Saturdays, and also a beach just 10 minutes walk from the city centre.  A costal path has been constructed so its great for walks. There's a lot of history here, just start looking and you might be amazed at the architecture

Swansea

Once a beautiful city but now ruined by what must be the worlds most awful traffic system. Swansea has fabulous night life and some superb restaurants, as well as a comprehensive shopping centre. Here you'll find all the usual high street names plus a range of unique little gift shops that sell everything you don't need.  Swansea is also the gateway to the Gower, which boasts some of the most beautiful bays in the world.  The usual city dog restrictions apply. Some parts of the beach allow dogs all year round

St Davids

This deserves a mention because it's the smallest city in Great Britain.  Now the size of a larger village, it's dedicated to Saint David, the patron saint of Wales. The splendid cathedral, which seems out of  place in what is otherwise quite a small place, is well worth visiting, as well as the local bays, such as Porth Clais, which has the remains of a roman harbour. Looking down from the cliffs, you can see all the kelp, fish, and the occasional seals all playing in the water. It's a pretty place but, due to visitor numbers, car  parking charges now apply.  Note also that many of the local bays have dog restrictions - Whitesands, for instance, a superb surfing beach, has a complete dog ban

 
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Our Dog friendly Self-Catering Cottage is located within easy driving distance of: St. Clears, Laugharne (pronounced 'Larn'), Pendine sands, Carmarthen, Whitland, Narberth, Haverford West, Tenby, Solva, Saundersfoot, Kidwelly, Llanelli, Swansea, Amroth, St Davids, Porth Clais, Pembroke & Caldy Island. We have WiFi Broadband Internet and are very 'Dog Friendly'. If you require more information, please contact us via the contact page

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