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Although Carmarthen is eight miles inland from Carmarthen Bay, its central location makes it a great base for exploring southwest Wales with cheap car rental in Carmarthen Downtown. Historic Pembroke, the Pembrokesrental Coast National Park, Tenby and Breton Beacons National Park are within a 20-mile radius of Carmarthen.
In Carmarthen Downtown monuments such as the Picton Memorial, the General Nott Statue, St Peter's Church and the remains of the Carmarthen Castle gatehouse attest to the towns rich history. Also in town are a fine choice of accommodation, pubs and car rental in Carmarthen Downtown supply depots.
The A477 travels directly from Carmarthen to Pembroke. In Pembroke the lofty walls of its 12th century Pembroke Castle are largely intact, and look over Main Streets shopping, dining and pub precinct. Small stores in this area are a good place to pick up crafts, specialty items and souvenirs.
Near Pembroke is Pembroke Dock, location of Pembroke Museum and Gun Tower. En route to Pembroke when driving car rental in Carmarthen Downtown the turnoff for the A478 southbound meanders past wonderful countryside down to the seaside resort of Tenby. The old quarter of Tenby is ringed by medieval walls and is home to ancient edifices such as St Mary's Church and the Tudor Merchant's House.
Three miles of soft sands stretch either side of Tenby and there are also two offshore islands which make interesting little sidetrips. Summertime ferries cross to Caldey Island, while St Catherine's Island is accessible on foot at low tide. There are golf courses along the coastal route westbound.