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Small village overlooking the Three Rivers Estuary in South Wales

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An old boat at Ferryside

Ferryside is a village in Carmarthenshire in Wales, situated on the banks of the River Tywi, overlooking the famous Three Rivers Estuary. The rivers Tywi, Taf and Gwendraeth form the estuary. The coast is very near too and local stretches encompass Pendine Sands, Cefn Sidan Sands, Pembrey Beach and Country Park, Burry Port and Llanelli. Just over the water is Laugharne, which has strong connections to the late, great poet Dylan Thomas. Kidwelly Castle is also within striking distance of Ferryside.

The natural amenities of the area surrounding Ferryside support a wealth of outdoor activities including boating trips, bird watching, and an abundance of walking trails. The nearby Pembrey Country Park is about 5 miles away, to the south west of Ferryside. It offers both forest walks and wide expanses of golden sands to relax and play on. Cefn Sidan Sands , which is within the boundaries of Pembrey Country Park, at 7 miles long, is said by some to be the finest beach in Europe. The beach is popular for kite-buggies or kite-mountain-boarding and has miles of pristine sand dunes.

Ferryside largely grew as a fishing village and local ferries also travelled across the estuary from here. Today there is a lifeboat station and a few basic facilities like a pleasant pub for food and drink and a scattering of shops for convenience. Llanelli is perhaps the best place to stock up on the week’s shopping, as it’s the largest town in the county.

“Well situated to reach Pembrey Country Park and its wonderful beaches…”

Ferryside made the history books for being the first of two villages to trial digital TV, once the analogue version had come to its end. The villagers voted to go ahead with digital and the old signal was switched off; they have enjoyed the current, widespread way of watching the television longer than the rest of the British Isles.

Visit Kidwelly Castleif you are a fan of historical monuments in gorgeous countryside surroundings. The fort, now in ruins, sits on the banks of the River Teifi, this 12th century castle, which has seen many battles and sieges. The iconic turrets and high walls make it one of the most eye-catching castles in the British Isles despite its smaller scale. Founded in 1106, a bridge and gate were added in the 14th century. There is a book all about Kidwelly Castle available by the historian John Kenyon. The Castle is a good choice for an enjoyable afternoon out for those with an interest in history. The fort looks very dramatic as the mist rolls around it from the sea.

Kidwell Castle

Canadian by birth, the painter Gordon Stuart lived in Ferryside most of his life. Five of his portraits hang in the National Gallery in London including paintings of his friend Dylan Thomas, author Kingsley Amis, and former BBC broadcaster, Huw Wheldon. He also painted the 39th American President Jimmy Carter.

We have some lovely cottages in and around Ferryside. Why not take a look at our collection of Ferryside cottages to feel inspired?

While you’re there


Visit the former home town of Dylan Thomas and visit his favourite house and writing shed

Cefn Sidan Sands

7 miles of sand boasted to be the best beach in Europe. Find out for yourself.

Kidwelly Castle

Visit the ruins of these beautiful ruins on the banks of the River Teifi

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