Days out in the surrounding area
Carreg Cennen Castle
Open 364 days of the year
This haunting, atmospheric castle looks as if it has sprung out of legends and fairytails. The site itself dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries, but the stone castle seen today was built in 1277. Walk the castle walls, take a torch and visit the castle dungeons ,enjoy a cup of tea in the farm tea shop, and then stroll the arts and craft shops. Cycle to the castle from Nant Melyn along lovely country lanes, or if you are an experienced walker, try walking to it over the black mountains right from your doorstep.
National Showcaves Centre Wales
( Dan yr Ogof )
Opens from 14th Feb through the summer months
The showcaves have over 17 kilometres (11 miles) of long cave system which is claimed to be the largest in europe, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Wales. In a 2005 poll of Radio Times readers, Dan yr Ogof was named as the greatest natural wonder in Britain. This amazing attraction is just 12 miles away from Nant Melyn!
National Botanic Garden Of Wales
Open all year round
An amazing collection of over 8000 different plant varieties spread across 560 acres of countryside.
A range of themed gardens for those that love beautiful sights, smells, and even DNA research into plants. Having the worlds largest single span glass house that displays the best mediterranean plants in the northen hemisphere! There is something for everyone and a great family day out, so why noy take a visit to the gardens as its just a short drive away from Nant Melyn.
Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary
Open all year round
Visit this amazing centre, and support the work they do to protect animals. Some of the inhabitants are from zoo's and laboratories when they are no longer wanted or are unable to survive in the wild. The santuary provides care, and give the animals an enjoyable and stressfree time. This centre is supported by charities, visitors and contributions, so please visit them to help continue their great work. Also at the centre you can become a keeper for the day! So why not check out their website.
Dolaucothi Gold Mines
Gold mines in use from Roman times to the 20th Century
These unique gold mines are set amid wooded hillsides overlooking the beautiful Cothi Valley.
2,000 years ago, the powerful Romans left behind a glimpse of gold-mining methods. The harsh mining environment continued in the 19th and 20th centuries, ending in 1938.
Guided tours take you back to experience the conditions of the Roman, Victorian and 1930s underground workings.
See and hear the 1930s mine and mine machinery.
Have a go at gold panning and take the opportunity to experience the frustrations of searching for real gold.
Please note, underground tours involve steep slopes.
Llandeilo Town & Dinefwr Park
There can be fewer towns in Wales more attractive than Llandeilo, sitting proudly on a hill above the river Tywi. Llandeilo is surely the jewel in the Tywi's crown, and there is more than just a long pageant of rich history to this picturesque market town. Llandeilo has quaint unique small shops including locally sourced foods and coffee shops.
National Nature Reserve, historic house and 18th-century landscape park, enclosing a medieval deer park
A magical land of power and influence for more than 2,000 years, Dinefwr is an iconic place in the history of Wales. Two forts are evidence of a dominant Roman presence. The powerful Lord Rhys held court at Dinefwr and influenced decisions in Wales.
The visionaries, George and Cecil Rice designed the superb 18th-century landscape that you see today.
The 'hands-on' Newton House gives visitors an atmospheric circa 1912 experience. Exhibitions on the first floor tell Dinefwr's story and inspire visitors to explore the castle and park.
At the dawn of the millenium, a group of friends set out with a simple vision. As the first Welsh distillers in more than a century, they are determined to break with convention and a pledge to realise their dream.
They have become one of the most visited attractions in Wales, with a visitor centre offering distillery tours and tasting. To avoid disappointment, they strongly advise booking on 01685 810650.
Penderyn liquors can now found on the shelves of both supermarkets and specialist whisky shops throughout the UK, and are distributed to 16 countries, including 28 US states. Penderyn Single Malt Whisky has also won high critical acclaim, and a number of prestigious international whisky awards and medals, and is now considered one of the world's finest premium whiskies.