Visit the Castle Inn – smack bang in the centre of the village near the church and also smack bang in the middle of village life. This year sees the end of an era with Bob & Marita giving way to Phil Hulmes, a new landlord to make visitors and locals welcome in the Castle’s […]
Welcome to Llansteffan
Llansteffan is one of those rare but fast disappearing Welsh villages that remain in your memory for ever. Once you’ve experienced the magical beauty of a sunset over the castle above the River Tywi, and embraced the cameraderie of it’s vibrant community, it becomes very difficult to imagine how on earth, in your long life, you’d ever managed to miss such a priceless gem. But then Llansteffan has been described as Wales’ best kept secret, a sort of Never Never land known only to locals, and the lucky descendants of those generations of Rhondda miners who trekked down west on the train to catch the ferry from Ferryside to Llansteffan for Miners Fortnight during the 19th and early 20th Century.
Well, the ferry and the miners might have disappeared but the magic of Llansteffan remains. And if anything, over the years the community has become even more vibrant. Llansteffan, whilst still very Welsh in essence and character, is also very cosmopolitan in outlook, and a hub of social activities of varying intellectual natures!! Summer and winter the local community and various clubs and associations are always plotting some wondrous social event or another!
Whether for a weekend or longer, why don’t you make the effort to find that magic and spend some time here. It might be for quiet walks taking in the breathtaking beauty of our headlands and the variety of our wildlife, for a never to be forgotten BBQ on the pristine sands beneath the castle perhaps, or maybe just a general “chilling out” in the convivial village atmosphere. Whatever it may be Llansteffan has something to offer visitors of all ages and all outlooks.
What's OnThere's always something to do in Llansteffan! Click here to find out this year's calendar of events. Read more..
Where To EatThere's plenty of choice on offer in Llansteffan. Click here to find something that suits you! Read more..
Where To StayHoliday lets, Caravan parks, B&B's... and more! Click here for accommodation in Llansteffan. Read more..
“Ty Bach Twt” is a small but high quality (4 star) self-catering holiday cottage, ideal for a couple on their own, or maybe a couple with one or two children. It is situated right in the centre of the village, just 10 minutes walk from the beach and the castle. Saturday change-over. No smoking, no dogs. […]
Llansteffan may have been one of Wales’ best kept secrets for the majority of visitors to Wales, but one group of regular wanderers have known of it’s charms for generations – the keen walkers and ramblers in our midst. Nestled in this gorgeous corner of south west Wales is a walkers’ paradise. In Llansteffan you […]
Llansteffan Castle is an impressive, dramatically sited stronghold crowning a hilltop overlooking the estuary of the River Tywi. Long before its construction an Iron Age hill fort of the 6th century B.C. occupied the site, its double ditch can still be seen on the west of the castle. The first Norman castle was created between the […]
As you can see by the small selection of Beth’s photos below both Alistair and Bethan returned from that “once in a lifetime” trip to scale Mt Kilimanjaro in Kenya. Still awaiting the final figures for money raised but it looks like it’s going to break the £300,000 barrier – a fantastic achievement for all […]
Although Dylan Thomas himself turned out to be a bit of a legend after his death, on his frequent visits to Llansteffan he would regularly call in Occy Owen’s Emporium to listen to the locals gossip, and perhaps even occasionally to get his hair cut by the legendary Octavius Owen. To the uninitiated Occy used […]
Llansteffan has earned itself a well deserved reputation over the years for being a hot spot for bass and flounder fishing. Every year bass to 12lb and flounder to 2-3 lb are caught at marks around the village at all states of the tide. Many fishermen have their own reasons for picking a particular location […]
After the recent meeting of the Llansteffan Community Council which voted 8-1 to register an astonishing vote of no confidence in Community Councillor Chairman Daff Davies who is also our local County Councillor, Vice Chair of the Planning Committee, and Chairman of Carmarthen County Council. The storm is still raging over the contentious decision by […]
WATCH THIS SPACE!!! WATCH THIS SPACE!!! WATCH THIS SPACE!!! As you are all probably aware by now the Sticks has closed since January but the good news is that there is a very strong rumour that it has been bought by a local family so hopefully it will reopen inn the near […]
Every year the Election of Llansteffan’s Mock Mayor is the first colourful event in what has now become known as Fiesta week. Held on the Friday night of that week of festivities, this huge and important event is an extension of a tradition which has it’s roots way back in the 19th Century and possibly […]
Mayoral Madness proved a huge success on this beautiful Boxing Day with near on 100 brave souls in all kinds of fancy dress and bathers plunging into the icy waters on Llansteffan beach. These hardy people were fantastically supported by hundreds of others who came to support the Mayor’s charities. So many people came to […]
When you are walking around the pathways of Llansteffan, do you ever wonder about the people who walked there years and years ago? Are you curious about the people who built the houses you see in the streets? Would you like to know something about those who lived and worked in them? Are you interested […]
For generations of South and West Walian Welsh school children and chapel-goers the name Llansteffan will always conjure up golden memories of Sunday School Trips to the Seaside, and fun and games on the beach. Llansteffan (together with Porthcawl and Tenby) was one of the few special locations that chapel elders pencilled into their diaries […]
Volkfest Wales will be again visiting the Morfa football field on Carnival Day with up to 200 classic Volkswagen and Porsche cars paying a visit to the village. The cars will proceed from the Show ground in Carmarthen at 12 midday and will arrive along the Green and onto the Football pitch before the Carnival […]
On Saturday 15th September The Tywi Boat Club entered 2 teams in the above event. The Great River Race, London’s River Marathon, is a spectacular boat race up the River Thames that attracts over 300 crews from all over the globe and appeals to every level of competitor from those who enjoy fun, fancy dress and […]
Gill a Elgan welcome you to Awel Y Môr. A small Friendly B & B – Home from Home. We are one minute walk from all amenities. A view of Llansteffan Castle and Beach can be seen from the-Driveway. No-need to worry about Car Parking. A game of Cricket can be seen on a warm Summer’s Evening. […]
Bill Hill, or as he is affectionately known – Big Bill – is one of Wales’ most gregarious characters. He’s a great raconteur, a great fisherman and hunter, but above all he is a great chef, and Llansteffan is very lucky to have one of South Wales’ foremost chefs cooking to his hearts content in […]
The Tywi Boat Club, also known as Clwb Cychod y Tywi, is an RYA Certified sailing and watersports centre situated seven miles south of the historical market town Carmarthen on the west bank of the river Tywi on the way to Llansteffan. It is approximately 2 miles from the village centre and welcomes visitors and […]
Yes, yet another Mock Mayor’s Election has been and and gone, and …..surprise, surprise….Roger Pen-y-coed has been elected Mayor for a second term. He was confident throughout the evening that he was sure to lose, but we the voters had every confidence in his staying power. Never mind Roger! Watcyn Jones nearly had a heart […]
Dylan Thomas one of the best-known poets of the twentieth century, was born in 1914 in Swansea, and over the years most people tend to associate him with that city, and of course with the township of Laugharne in West Wales. Indeed such an industry has grown up around Dylan’s relationship with Laugharne that one […]
Llansteffan Church Choir circa 1968 Llansteffan W.I. “Wild Night In” circa 1968 also!!!
Alistair Chambers and Beth Ryder are finally on their way to join Rhod Gilbert, Martyn Williams, Shan Cothi, Iolo Williams and many others who will be ascending Mt Kilimanjaro in Kenya to raise money for Felindre Cancer Centre. Da iawn chi a phob lwc i chi gyd!! As you can see they are wearing Llansteffan.com […]
Yes! Once again Janine Bowen and her very able team of brewers and bakers pulled off another memorable Harvest Fayre in the village hall. Over £500 was raised on the night and many a sore head suffered on the following morning. Apart from the wondrous creations in the Brewery section there were some stunning wines […]
Back in April some of our brave inhabitants and their friends got a new perspective on the village when they took a balloon flight from the football pitch on the most perfect of days. The sky was clear from horizon to horizon, visibilty perfect, and our beautiful village looked at it’s best!! Thanks to whoever […]
Llansteffan featured in a 4 page spread in the UKs biggest selling sea angling magazine – Sea Angler. Photographed on a perfect day in December the anglers were also in luck with the fishing as flounders were being landed in two’s and threes. Most who braved the winter cold were local Carmarthen area anglers, and among […]
Once again Llansteffan has caught the media’s eye with an article online at WalesOnline and a press article in the South Wales echo about 16 of Wales’ hidden gems. Unfortunately the copywriter has mixed up Laugharne with Ferryside (which misses out altogether……..aww shame!!…) ….but all on all a great bit of publicity! Copy and paste […]
Saturday’s Telegraph (23/02/2013) featured a full page advert of Llansteffan Castle for Visit Wales. Hopefully we will be able to access this fantastic photo of the castle for use on our Website.
Come and enjoy a tranquil, relaxing break in either of our two 4 star graded cottages designed for a couple or single that are set in a secluded area in Carmarthenshire. There are spectacular views from these Award winning eco-friendly cottages based at Llangain, centrally 5 miles from Llansteffan and Carmarthen. The cottages are set […]
One of the most unexpected runaway successes of 2010 was last years Brewers’ Fayre which not only resulted probably in the biggest mass hangover in the history of Llansteffan village but also revealed some very unexpected faces as budding Jamie Olivers or Nigella Lawsons of the future. We have always known there were many budding […]
Your Opinion Counts! Your opinion really counts…… please take some time to complete this form Please return your completed form to The Stores, The Castle, The Sticks, Calendar Exhibition on 9th/10th June, or any of the Fiesta Committee. Or come to the next meeting – date to be announced.
Within walking distance of the beautiful sandy beaches in Llansteffan, this comfortable Grade II listed terraced holiday cottage is situated in the centre of Llansteffan’s quaint village. 100 yards from the local shop/cafe and 2 village pubs. The well equipped cottage provides a warm welcome all year round with a log fire in the spacious […]
The Beach Shop & Tea Room Cream teas, coffee, ice-cream, sandwiches, beach goods and Welsh gifts. Open in the season and at weekends
Great food and a warm welcome according to Michelin Star chef Raymond Blanc on twitter after his most recent stay in May 2012. Chef Anwen Morris prides herself in using the highest quality locally produced ingredients, whether you call in for a lunch-time snack or an a la carte meal in the evening. The seasonal […]
Under it’s present ownership the Village Stores and Post Office seems to have acquired a certain glamour with the introduction of 3 or 4 glamorous ladies at the helm – Hazel, Bethan, and Nikki …….not forgetting Tayla! Following on the sterling work of Tim and Nannw in re- establishing the shop as one of the […]
At the start of the month the ladies (and gentlemen!!!) of the W.I. held a hugely successful night to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. A packed hall was enthralled by a thoroughly professional Fashion Show complete with catwalk built earlier in the day By Mr Roger Davies (Penycoed) and his ready team of stalwarts. […]
As usual Llansteffan produced another brilliant Carnival, the weather played ball, and everyone had a ball. By all accounts this was the best carnival for many years and the quality of all the floats and characters on display was outstanding. Well done all!! Llansteffan’s Got Talent! Yet again Llansteffan has discovered some hidden depths […]
Dylan Thomas – A view from the other side Dylan Thomas – Golwg o’r Ochr Draw
Once again Janine and her merry (and I mean “Merry”!!) band succeeded in pulling off yet another magnificent fundraiser for the Memorial Hall funds, and the population of the village and surrounding areas turned out in their in their hundreds to taste the fantastic treats on offer. Once again there was ken competition in all […]
We have available for hire a privately owned two bedroomed holiday chalet set on the secluded Elmrise Park. The park is situated two miles by car from Llansteffan and six miles from the county town of Carmarthen. Fully equipped for a quiet rural retreat, visitors can enjoy peace and tranquility with beautiful rural views across […]
Yep, summers over! Forget Beach BBQs, Bikinis, and Bathing and focus on the other Big B – Booze!!! It’s time again for you budding Brewers to fill your barrels, prime your stills and start collecting empty bottles. Who’s going to challenge Tony Bo, Roger Penycoed, or Roger Parish in the alcoholic competition? Is there a […]
Since I do not have the time to chase every single person in these photos, if for any reason you do want your picture on these pages (e.g. you are wanted by Interpol; his/her wife/husband might not understand me being on holiday with her/him (delete as appropriate); I’m just too cool to be on anyone’s […]
In the wake of all the publicity surrounding Dylan Thomas’ Centenary, Llansteffan gets a very good write up in the Telegraph……..and a nice picture with my house right in the foreground!!! Offers anyone ????? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/travel/wales-dylan-thomas/10819012/llansteffan-peninsula-wales.html?fb
Geoff Gilbert and his little brother Rhod from Carmarthen are great fans of Llansteffan and try to come down the beach whenever the rare opportunity arises. Geoff is a language teacher who now lives in Northern Spain. His brother Rhod has yet to decide a career path, and has in the past tried his hand […]
Pentowyn is situated on the Taf estuary with wonderful views directly across to the historic castle at Laurgharne and Dylan Thomas’s boathouse. There are strong connections with Dylan Thomas as he spent time at Pentowyn as a child where his aunt and uncle were farming. In later life when he lived at the Boathouse in […]
Trehyddion Barns is an 18th century converted stone and slate barn with many original features set in an idyllic peaceful rural location on a smallholding, with views towards the Gower Pennisular and 2 miles from a sandy beach. Recently converted into a holiday let with a courtyard patio and garden, this barn sleeps six in two […]
Visit Wales are spearheading their tourism drive in Germany with a beautiful aerial picture of Llansteffan castle. The 4 metre high displays can be seen all over Dusseldorf airport and city, so perhaps all you B&B-ers should start brushing up on your German!!
People visit Llansteffan nowadays for its tranquil beauty, but for centuries it was a hive of activity. It lies between the estuaries of the Tywi and the Tâf, facing the expanse of Carmarthen Bay. Over the years, its inhabitants would have watched a variety of ships waiting for the tide to take them up the […]
Fiesta 2015 got off to a glorious start on one of the hottest days of the year. It was a perfect day for building sandcastles with an impressive turn out of competitors and castles. Here are some of the best. Many thanks to Nikki for the pics. Also the Duck Race proved a surprising success […]
Ger y Berllan is gloriously located overlooking one the most attractive villages in Carmarthenshire, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Llansteffan is situated on the mouth of Carmarthen bay. The coastline is a magical area to explore with breathtaking panoramic views, where Llansteffan Castle and Hills fall gracefully to meet the sea. As a […]
Saturday July 26th – Memorial Hall Big Breakfast 9.00 a.m – 12 noon and Book Sale 10.00 a.m. – 1.00p.m. Calendar Photographic Exhibition – Ben Harries Institute 10.30 a.m. – 3.30p.m. Sandcastle Competition – The Beach – 2 p.m. Then at 7.00 p.m. it’s time once again to elect Llansteffan’s new Mayor! There are rumours […]
The Hostel and Country Inn is located in the beautiful countryside 2 miles from the beach at Llansteffan and is six miles form the bustling market town of Carmarthen birthplace of the wizard Merlin who appeared in Arthurian Legend. The accommodation consists of 50 bunk beds and 1 double room with a shared kitchen and […]
Come and support your local Celtic Rowing Club as Llansteffan launches it’s inaugural home Celtic Rowing race which will be run under Welsh Sea Rowing Association rules on September 6th starting on Llansteffan’s main beach. The Tywi Boat Club Celtic Rowing section have made a huge impact on the Celtic Rowing scene over the past […]
Here’s a collection of photos from around Llansteffan, Llanybri, and Llangynog to remind us of a few magical days in January when we had no rain!!! Click on the thumbnails to see the whole picture, or scroll through by using the arrows on right of picture.
Discover Carmarthenshire has recently been making a series of short films featuring interesting walks within the county. Chris Dafis (S4C Weatherman and keen walker) came to the village to meet a couple of the residents and take a walk (in English and Welsh!) around the vicinity.
Two house on the Green have had approximately 500 litres of oil stolen from their tanks in the back garden between the start of October and the end of December. In both cases the thefts took place almost immediately AFTER a recent delivery to fill up the tanks. This suggests that we have thieves who […]
Eureka Cottage is a contemporary beach cottage, only 30 metres from the beach at Ferry Point, with spectacular views from the cottage windows over to Llansteffan Castle, the Gower Peninsula and Ferryside. “A really nice place next to the beach” The cottage is situated on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Llansteffan at the […]
This is a copy of a letter received by Ms Eiluned Rees following the passing away of Mr Charles Marshall earlier this year. Please read. Thank you to all who made this gentleman feel so welcome in our midst. Diolch.
Florries on the Green has just been included in the Guardian newspaper’s list of Britain’s best coastal Fish’n’Chip locations. Well done to Karen, Rob and all the team. And I have to agree – Florries has the tastiest chips around!! https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/5201ec79e4b0cffa9ca1a693/473604
The Dylan Thomas Memorial Wind Turbine (published by Y Cneifiwr) A decision by Carmarthenshire County Council’s planning committee earlier this year (see previous posts here and here) to grant permission for a wind turbine at Mwche Farm in Llansteffan is to be challenged in court in a judicial review which will be heard in the New Year. The turbine […]
Enjoy the luxury of owning your very own Caravan Holiday Home on this small friendly, exclusive private owner park. Sunrise Bay is set in the unique unspoilt picturesque village of Llansteffan at the mouth of the river Towy under the shelter of it’s very own Norman castle. The Park is situated only yards from the […]
Allt Yurst offer an alternative to the traditional holiday B&B or hotel – why not stay in a Yurt? It’s is a magical experience. The roundness of the structure, the window to the starry sky through the crown, the wood burning stove to keep you warm and snug and the Luxurious furnishings cannot fail to […]
“Hill House offers 3 self catering apartments in a Victorian villa of great character. Set in grounds of 1 acre with stunning views over Llansteffan, we offer a quiet and peaceful environment. Holistic therapies are available. For further information please visit www.hillhouseretreats.co.uk/
Come along to an Antiques Evening with Felix Aubel (from Heno and Prynhawn Da on S4C). He has fascinating stories to tell about many of the things that are lurking in our attics! You can also bring an antique with you on the evening (at your own risk entirely) and Felix may be able to […]
When you visit Llansteffan You can enjoy the long sandy beach, Where you can walk, play and paddle, Then visit the castle, the views are just superb, AND THEN After using all that energy Florries Fish & chips Is what you will need. We have real homemade chips cooked just for you With an ample […]
After appearing in the Guardian Top Ten of Seaside Fish and Chip outlets, Florries is once again in the headlines along with Etta’s Bakery on High St and in her stall in Carmarthen market. Both have been included in Wales Online’s list of the top ten of the best foods to try in Carmarthenshire whilst […]