Carmarthen, in Welsh: Caerfyrddin, which translates as, "Merlin's fort") is the county town of, Carmarthenshire (pop. Approx. 16,000). It is on the River Towy, 8 miles north of its mouth into Carmarthen Bay.
Carmarthen is the oldest town in Wales and according to legend, is the birthplace of Merlin, the wizard of Arthurian folklore. A fine wooden carving of Merlin is situated on Merlin’s walk.
It was the further west outpost of the Romans in Britain and the river was an important trading route. There are ruins of a roman amphitheatre.
The town you see today grew up around a medieval castle, overlooking the river Towy from Notts Square on Castle Hill. The gatehouse still stands near the Old Town shopping area, the tourist information is nearby.
The town has quaint old narrow streets but its attraction is as a shopping centre with several familiar high street names and its lively markets.
Castle House, castle museum & tourist information centre Open Mon – Sat 9:30 am - 4:30pm