Discovering Carmarthenshire
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  • National Coracle Museum
  • Museum of Childhood
  • Newcastle Emlyn Castle

Newcastle Emlyn & the Teifi

Cenarth Falls

Cenarth Falls

Camp out Cherokee style and watch salmon leap

The babbling River Teifi Valley offers visitors a range of experiences ranging from camping out Cherokee style to watching salmon leap. The communities that flank the River Teifi as it courses through rural Carmarthenshire are stepping reluctantly from a past steeped in food and textile production for the wider world. Visitors can revel in the heritage trail along the river experiencing anything from spinning and coracle boating to camping out under an international variety of home style canvass canopies.

National Wool Museum

National Wool Museum

The woollen industry was once one of Wales most important industries and it is no surprise the National Wool Museum is in the historic former Cambrian Mills at Drefach, Velindre. It’s shirts, shawls, blankets, bedcovers stockings and socks have marched their way across the world.

At a commercial mill at Melin Teifi visitors can follow the wool making process from fleece to fabric on intricate machines and young ones enjoy attempts at carding, spinning and sewing.

At Cenarth Falls the river not only served local mills but also attracted coracle fishermen. The famed waterfalls create a staging area for migrating salmon and sewin and in the right season they can be seen leaping their way through this swirling rocky stretch to their spawning grounds.

The Cenarth National Coracle Museum

The Cenarth National Coracle Museum

The Cenarth National Coracle Museum has a collection of this deceivingly flimsy but remarkable resilient river craft.

West Wales Museum of Childhood

West Wales Museum of Childhood

The West Wales Museum of Childhood draws oohs and aahs from children attracted to vast collection of Teddy Bears and as many sighs of delight from dads and their sons at the exhausting array of Dinky car toys that will drive memories down dusty roads of time.

The biggest town straddling the River Teifi is Newcastle Emlyn where a 13th Century Castle with a twin-towered gatehouse dominates the river views. If outdoors and glamping is what attracts you then Larkhill Tipis offers an international experience living out in anything from an Iranian alachigh to a Mongolian ger and something that might be more familiar, a Native American tipi.

Brush up on artistic ability with Helen

Not often do you get the chance to see a remarkable artist at work. Helen Elliot’s Art of Wales Tollgate Studio and Gallery in Newcastle Emlyn affords that opportunity as she allows you in to see her creating marvels in paint Wednesday to Saturday 11am - 6pm throughout the year. The studio gallery showcases new originals as they are finished and before the reach the galleries.