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Carmarthen town guide

Carmarthen (Caerfyrddin) is the oldest town in Wales the site of strategic Roman and Norman settlements it was granted a charter by King John in 1201.The Black Book of Carmarthen (c. 1170-1230), was written here. Merlin, King Arthur's wizard was born near Carmarthen in 480. The traditional way of fishing by coracle still survives on the River Towy.

Carmarthen is described as a jewel of the garden of Wales. Sweeping sands, fertile valleys and forests make this a wonderful area to explore in a rental car.

Don't miss Middleton - the National Botanic Garden of Wales - a Millennium Project transforming a large swathe of the countryside into a fascinating new Garden the Eden Project of Wales.

The Market dates back to Roman Times. As long as there has been a Town here, people have met to trade. The first recorded Charter was granted by Henry the second in 1180. This was the right to hold Fairs and Markets in the Town.

The present Market Hall was built in 1981 retaining the original Clock Tower, which is now the Market Office.

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