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St Clears is a small town in Carmarthenshire with a population of around 3000 people. At an attractive location with good connections to most Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire towns, St Clears offers good facilities for residents and visitors alike.

The Town of St Clears, Carmarthenshire

West Wales Centre for the Crafts
West Wales Centre for the Crafts

St Clears (Welsh: Sanclr) is a small town on the River Tf in Carmarthenshire, west Wales, with a population of close to 3000 people.

The Norman St Clears Castle was constructed in the twelfth century. Only the castle mound can still be seen, which rises to approximately 12 metres and was home to first a timber tower and then a stone keep. The town, which was a Marcher Borough, grew around the castle. Below the castle there was a port on the river Tf, which could take ships of up to 500 tons according to a plaque on the site.

The castle held out against Owain Glyndwr. In 1842, the town became famous for the destruction of one of its toll gates in the Rebecca Riots. The Normans also established a small priory under the supervision of the great abbey of St Martin les Champs in Paris. The priory church is now the parish church. It is worth a visit: it has a spectacular Romanesque arch inside.

Smaller industrial units provide the main local employment. The town boasts a good variety of local shops including two prize winning butchers, and two craft centres. There are also several pubs some of which are notable for their food. For holiday makers St Clears has a range of Bed and Breakfast, self catering accommodation and campsites. It is within an hour's drive of two National Parks (Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire Coast), the Gower Peninsula and also the three main Irish ferry ports (Fishguard, Pembroke Dock, and Swansea).

West Wales Centre for the Crafts

Officially opened in October 2002 by the Minister for Culture, the West Wales Centre for the Crafts at St Clears is a purpose-built working environment for a number of craftspeople and a showcase for quality visual arts.

Attractions in and around St Clears:

West Wales Centre for the Crafts
Oakwood Park (approx. 15 minutes drive)
Folly Farm (approx. 15 minutes drive)
Groveland Leisure Park (10 minutes drive)
Heron's Brook (20 minutes drive)

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