Visit Wales 5* Graded Luxury Self-Catering Holiday Homes on the beach in Llanelli, SW Wales.

Parks, Nature Reserves and Gardens

Nearby & inexpensive Pembrey Country Park offers plenty of activities & facilities for families. Take a go & try out your skills on the dry ski slope or toboggan run. If that's too much activity, then opt for a train ride, a game of pitch & putt or crazy golf, and let the kids burn off some energy in the adventure playground. A visitor centre and restaurant are also on site.

Fancy a walk or cycle?  Then enjoy the Millennium Coastal Path - right on your doorstep - 22  kms of traffic free cycle & walking pathway with spectacular sights from along it's length.  The path has now been extended all the way through Pembrokeshire and along the entire coast of Wales, and stretches for a distance of 870 miles! Use the bikes provided to get a taster and take a picnic for a longer day out.  Pop into the Discovery Centre (just 500 yards from our holiday homes) for more information about the area or to grab a snack.

If that's not to your liking, get your sea legs on and take a boat trip out from Tenby Harbour and see Caldey Island. Here you can visit Caldey Abbey, home of Cistercian Monks. The monks farm this little island and produce revenue from sales of Caldey Island perfume & chocolate. Whilst you're here, enjoy looking around the medieval priory, lighthouse & museum. To remember your day, buy a souvenir or two from the gift shop. And before you leave have some refreshment in the tea garden.

Take a trip to Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park. This is located on a stunningly beautiful headland overlooking the nature reserve of Cardigan Island. Breeding and living in the caves here is a colony of Atlantic Grey Seals. You can view them at close quarters most days.

For several hundreds years of history, visit Aberglasney Gardens which is approximately 20 miles away. The main house is steeped in history and there are beautiful formal gardens, such as the Walled Garden, the Ninfarium, Cloister Garden, the Yew Tunnel and many more. There is a shop and café/restaurant on site also.

Dinefwr Park also provides beautiful gardens designed and executed by Capability Brown in the 18th century.  This is located near the lovely town of Llandeilo where you can find a traditional sweet shop selling childhood favourites and delicious ice creams.

Visit the National Show Caves Centre in the Brecon Beacons National Park & learn how to tell your stalactite from your stalagmite! See various caves, shire horses, an iron age village, dinosaurs, stone circles and more! An educational fun day out, north of Swansea.

Very close by is the WWT National Wetlands Centre in Llanelli, which was opened in the early nineties & covers an area of some 500 acres. For the dedicated bird watcher this place must be paradise as there are scores of sightings of dozens of species of birds such as Greenshank, Black Tailed Godwit, Wigeon, Greylag, Spoonbill, Pintail, Perguin & snipe to name just a few! The WWT Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust  has various areas of natural habitat for a variety of birds & fowl. There are events throughout the year and the centre has a shop & restaurant on site.

The Gower Coast National Nature Reserve near Swansea takes in the Worms Head tidal island. It has varied plant life and many species of birds making it their breeding ground. Cliff top walks require caution, but the views are wonderful.

For something a little different & to take in some history too, a visit to Aberdulais Falls in Neath offers a pleasant change. The power from the falls operates Europe's largest electricity generating waterwheel. There are also a static tin man exhibition and interactive turbine house display.

Carmarthenshire is a magnificent place for naturalists (No! not the people that like to not wear clothes - that's Naturists!).  There are almost 40 nature reserves in Carmarthenshire alone and these reserves are the home to hundreds of different species of wildlife, especially birds.  A detailed listing of bird watching sites can be found on the Carmarthenshire Bird Watching site where it not only tells you where to see them, but also what species are resident or visiting the reserves.  Another useful site which details what birds can be seen here is the RSPB website.

Further nature reserves which are further away can be found on this useful website - Countryside Wales UK