Llanelli has an enviable location in the far west of Wales, with the countryside and coast of rural Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire stretching out on its doorstep, at the same time as being at the very end of the M4 corridor through South Wales. A quick hop on the motorway and you have easy access to Swansea, Port Talbot, and Cardiff for the other side of life here, the important centres for employment, business, and industry. Llanelli has its own working life too, so it’s a well-balanced town, in a lovely setting for a new home.
Llanelli is just off Junction 48 of the M4, the motorway’s final stretch from its starting point in London. Leaving the motorway, the A4138 takes you right into the town. It’s on the estuary of the River Loughor, and the A48 takes you across into the Gower Peninsula Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and into Swansea to the east, and all the way to Carmarthen to the west – an alternative cross-country route to the M4. Llanelli has a train station on the West Wales line and the Heart of Wales line, and you can be in Swansea in around 20 minutes, making the town a great base for commuters. Cardiff, and Cardiff Airport at Barry, are about an hour and a quarter’s drive away. First Bus operate services through South and West Wales, with routes to all the area’s local towns and villages.
Going to school
The first ever Welsh-medium primary school was established in Llanelli and it’s still going strong. The English-medium secondary schools for the town are the St John Lloyd, Bryngwyn, and Coedcae. Ysgol y Strade is the Welsh-medium secondary school.
As well as it’s good range of local shops, you’ve got the Parc Trostre Retail Park, the St Elli shopping centre, and the Parc Pemberton Retail Park. Llanelli is very popular with visitors and that means a thriving town centre with lots of independent shops and cafés. Supermarket shopping is part of our daily lives of course, and you’ve got the choice of Asda, Morrisons, Tesco Extra, Lidl, and ALDI, along with the local supermarket chain, CK’s. Shopping in Carmarthen’s historic town centre is a good change of scenery for a day out, and Swansea will give you all the high street brands.
There are lovely places close to home here. The Millennium Coastal Park on the beachfront sets the scene for an outdoor life here. There’s a fabulous stretch of coastline from Burry Port to St Ishmael, and across the river the Gower Peninsula Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of Wales’s national treasures. For a step back in time, Laugharne is a beautiful little coastal village where Dylan Thomas was a famous resident. You can still visit his writing room at the Boathouse.