Trains to Carmarthen

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Carmarthen is a town situated in Carmarthenshire, Wales. It lies on the River Towy, 8 miles (13 km) north of its estuary, which lies in Carmarthen Bay. The first settlement in Carmarthen is dated 75AD and it consists in a Roman fort, the former town at the time was known Moridunum, making the town one of the oldest in Wales. The first settlements of Old Carmarthen and New Carmarthen became one borough in 1546. Between the 16th–18th centuries, Carmarthen was the most populous borough in Wales. Its growth stopped by the mid-19th century, as new economic centre developed in south Wales thanks to the extraction of coal. Today the town hosts a campus of the University of Wales Trinity St David.

The first train station was built in town by South Wales Railway in 1902. Trains to Carmarthen train station travel on the West Wales Line.

 

The station and most services operating at Carmarthen station are managed by Transport for Wales. Great Western Railways operates a limited service connecting Carmarthen to London Paddington railway station. This service consists of one train per day running each way on a Monday to Saturday basis, while on Sundays there are two additional services operating. 

Transport for Wales Services

Transport for Wales operates regular train services to Swansea, Cardiff Central, Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly. Carmarthen railway station also offers train services to Holyhead, Pembroke Dock, Milford Haven and Fishguard Harbour.

Great Western Railway Services

During the summer months, the station operates a daily service to London Paddington.

Facilities

Travellers will benefit from a ticket office opened seven days a week with the following timetable: Monday to Friday the office is open from 6:45am to 6:00pm. On Saturdays from 8:00am until 6:00pm, while on Sundays the ticket office is open from 10:15 until 17:45pm.

Travellers will benefit from one self-service ticket vending machine available at the train station to purchase train tickets outside the ticket office opening hours and to collect online pre-booked tickets.

Step-free Access

Carmarthen station is equipped with two platforms that both have step-free access. However, passengers are informed that Platform 2 requires the use of a foot crossing. Wheelchair users are advised against accessing this platform without assistance. Designated members of staff are available at this station. Travellers are required to book staff assistance in Advance.

Outside the train station travellers will be able to park their bike or car as well as catching a bus or a taxi right outside the train station. Wi-Fi and CCTV surveillance cameras operate at Carmarthen station.

There is a buffet and newsagents shop together with toilets and a waiting room all located on Platform 1, while Platform 2 is only equipped with bench seats. Travellers will benefit from CIS digital displays with live train departures and arrivals, timetable posters and automated announcements available at this station.

Visitors travelling by train are advised to purchase Advance train tickets online to Carmarthen to benefit from early booking discounts.

Travelers arriving at Carmarthen station will find that the train station is located to the south of the town centre, on the opposite bank of the River Towy. Coming from the train station, visitors are required to cross the footbridge to reach the shopping streets around Guildhall Square. The walk from the station to the square is roughly less than 10 minutes. Visitors interested in historical sites have the option to walk to the site of one of the seven Roman Amphitheatres surviving in Britain, that was excavated in Carmarthen in 1968. The Amphitheatre is only a fifteen-minute walk from the town or from the train station.

In recent years, parts of town have undergone major regeneration project. These include the former cattle market situated in the heart of town, a new shopping centre, a new market hall, multi-screen cinema, department store, multi-storey car park as well as new restaurants have been opened in town. Book train tickets to Carmarthen and come explore the new town’s outlook. The town offers visitors several additional landmarks to experience, these include Carmarthen Castle that consists in the remains of the original medieval castle, St Peter’s Church with its eight bells tower, Pont King Morgan a pedestrian bridge built across the Towy river that gives the town’s visitors arriving by train a faster route to town, the walk to the centre is approximately 8 minutes. Finally, Picton Monument a tower built in 1828 in honour of Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Picton who died during the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The tower was substituted in 1984 designed by the architect Frances Fowler.