Ferryside Farm Caravan Park and Campsite9.6
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You can see the sea from Ferryside Farm Caravan Park and Campsite. But pack the bucket and spade and then an extra one or two, for within a piffling 15-minute drive of this peaceful south Wales getaway you’ll also reach Carmarthen Bay beaches famed the world over: the full seven sandy miles of secluded and silky Cefn Sidan, beautiful Amroth Bay, and the sands and surf of Rhossili, regularly voted as one of the best beaches on the planet by baskers, view fans and board boffins. If the kids have time for even one ‘Are we there yet?’, we’ll eat our own beach blankets.
Keep the car or take the train from here: Ferryside is only a few miles off the A484 between Carmarthen and Kidwelly with quick access to both towns as well as Swansea and Llanelli, and half a mile from Ferryside Rail Station where you can steam ahead to the Gower Peninsula, Milford Haven, Tenby, Pembrokeshire and Cardiff or on to Crewe, London and Manchester.
And that sea you can see from the farm? It and Ferryside Beach (and a castle; it is Wales after all) are a few minutes’ walk away, where you’ll also find a village pub and the Ferry Cabin, ‘where locals like to eat’. Kidwelly, the nearest village after Ferryside, has another pub, a restaurant, an off-licence and a newsagents.
Facilities at Ferryside include a shower and toilet block. Pitches are for guests with tents and tourers (pick your own pitch, hurrah) and dog guests are welcome too.
Absolutely naturally, the beaches – and the castles – are first: take a walk after a lie on Ferryside beach to see twelfth century Llansteffan Castle, overlooking the sand and the River Tywi flowing into Carmarthen Bay. It’s not much of a surprise to find out that this perch has been protected since at least Iron Age times – there was once an Iron Age fort here built by savvy ancestors protecting their section of bay from invaders. Access to Llansteffan these days is by a public footpath and lane; climb up from the estuary car park 800m away. (Rumours that a secret passageway runs from the castle to nearby Plas Bay are so far unfounded – prizes for any holidaymaker who proves the point).
A fine collection of other castles are in the vicinity – again, it is Wales after all: twelfth century Kidwelly Castle and eleventh century Carmarthen Castle are the closest, but Laughherne is within 17 miles, Oystermouth 27, Emlyn 28 and Carew 36. Legend lovers may also like to know that the old market town of Carmarthen is where Merlin is said to have born: the remains of Merlin’s Oak, a tree said to predict the ‘drowning’ of the town if it was ever removed, are now in the foyer of St. Peter’s Civic Hall. Wizard.
Once (or before) the castles are conquered, Carmarthen Bay, the Gower Peninsula and neighbouring Pembrokeshire have so many award-winning beaches we hereby challenge you to get around them in one trip. If you then fancy something inland, get to Colby Woods and Gardens from Amroth Bay or Pembrey County Park from Cefn Sands, which has a dry ski slope, eight wildlife trails, horse-riding and the longest toboggan run in Wales (we surely didn't expect that near seven miles of beach).
Two types of racing are within 15 minutes of Ferryside: motor at Pembrey Racing Circuit and horse at Ffos Las Racecourse, and if you feel like speeding a little further away, the Brecon Beacons National Park and the tiny city of St Davids are to the east and north-west.
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
Rhossili, Cty & Cnty Swansea
Amroth Central, Pembrokeshire
, South West Wales
- Pembrey Country Park (6.8 miles)
- National Botanic Garden of Wales (10.2 miles)
- National Wetland Centre Wales (12.7 miles)
- Rhossili Visitor Centre and Shop (14.5 miles)
- Tudor Merchant's House (16.1 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- Laugharne - Dylan's Way - Laugharne (4.4 miles)
- Laugharne - Sir John's Hill - Bird Board - Laugharne (4.4 miles)
- Laugharne - Broadway - Coast Path - Laugharne (4.4 miles)
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Wonderful Holiday 31 Aug 2014
LMR12 (Family with young children, 1 review)
great time 29 Aug 2014
ireenee (Family with young children, 1 review)
Very friendly, great view 21 Aug 2014
stevealois (Family with older children, 1 review)
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fantastic location, new facilities 21 Aug 2014
sarahbee (Family with young children, 1 review)
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Hope you enjoyed North wales.
It is difficult to get a signal unless it forms part of the Orange Network.
I'm glad you enjoyed and hope to see you next season.
Great campsite, large pitches, value for money and fabulously relaxing 20 Aug 2014
MrsMcGuigs (Young couple, 1 review)
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Glad you enjoyed and many thanks for your review.
Hope to see you soon.
Couldn't have asked for a better campsite! 20 Jul 2014
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Electrical hook-up points for tourers
Tourer storage facilities
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Leave the car at home
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Carmarthen: Blue Street o/s Bus Station — 6.0mi
St Clears (Carmarthenshire) Coach Stop — 6.6mi
Llanelli: Island Place Bus Station — 10.8mi
- Train stations
Ferryside Rail Station — 0.6mi
Kidwelly Rail Station — 3.3mi
Carmarthen Rail Station — 5.9mi
- Ferry ports
Tenby Ferry Landing — 16.1mi
Caldey Island Ferry Landing — 17.1mi
Swansea Queens Dock Ferry Terminal — 21.7mi
Swansea Airport — 17.3mi
On approaching the first roundabout in Carmarthen turn left onto the A484 for Kidwelly. After about 500 metres you will pass Morrisons on the left-hand side. Go through the village of Idole (careful - there is a speed camera!) and continue for another three miles passing the Star Forge Garage on the right. A mile down a hill, take the turning for Ferryside located on the right-hand side (opposite the turning for Llandyfaelog). As you're approaching the village, turn right immediately before the humpback bridge. Ferryside Farm is the first property on the right.
From London, Bristol, Cardiff, or Swansea: the village of Ferryside can be reached via Arriva and First Great Western. Please check times before travelling. On arrival head down through the village passing the school on your right. After about 1.5 miles you will cross over a humpback bridge where the property can be accessed turning left into a no through road and then right into the driveway.