Years of history. With a changing face.
Carmarthenshire Museum reopened in January 2022. The last two years have seen important changes. If you've visited regularly we think you'll be amazed by the improvements. The roof no longer leaks. The chimneys are repaired. The windows have been painted. A couple of galleries need some extra work before we open them up for you to enjoy. This includes our new family-friendly Discovery Gallery.
But this is just the start. You’ll see more exciting changes in the future. For now, some of our objects are taking a break for a while, like our Prehistoric and Roman archaeology and our Welsh Christian memorial stones. They’ll be back when we can give them fabulous new displays.
Many people know that the museum was once the palace of the bishops of St.Davids. And if you visit, you'll still see much that was familiar to them, including the large kitchen and their private chapel. And despite being a museum, people like that the palace's rooms and connecting spaces aren't huge and were intended as a home.
The Bishop’s Park looks fantastic thanks to the Tywi Gateway Trust's restoration work. A walk around the grounds is a real pleasure and their new café is now open for great coffee and great cakes.
Entry to the museum is free.
Opening Times 2023
4 June to 21 July, open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am – 4pm
22 July to 3 November, open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm
4 November 2023 to 31 December, open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am - 4pm
Closed 27 December
Opening Times 2024
1 January to 31 March, open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am - 4pm
1 April to 3 November, open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Easter/May School Holidays, open every day, 10am - 5pm
Summer Holidays, open every day, 10am - 6pm
4 November to 31 December, open weekends + between Christmas and New Year, 11am - 4pm
Where are we?
There is a Google Location map at the bottom of this page. But you can find us just off the A40, in the village of Abergwili, two miles east of Carmarthen town centre. The town has a railway station, a bus station and several taxi firms. You can reach the museum on foot, by bicycle, by public bus and by car. Buses stop immediately outside the Bishop's Park and close to the car park. See here for more details.
The car park only holds about 20 vehicles at the moment and we are without designated spaces. The good news is that planning permission has been granted for improvements.
From the museum car park head straight to the Bishops Park visitor centre and its brand new cafe. The museum entrance is just the other side.
If you prefer to leave the coffee and cake to the end of your visit, it's only a short walk to the museum entrance using the footpaths. At present we advise visitors to avoid using the vehicle drive as the surfaces are uneven.
Instead, we encourage you to follow the new path that runs clockwise from the car park around the outside of the building. It's a little bit longer to the entrance, but there are great views across the Tywi valley, with benches along the way.
Our new shop has a great range of local and Welsh-made products for a lovely gift.
In-person visits to Carmarthenshire Museum are currently only available as self-led. We aim to offer new on-site and on-line learning experiences and workshops in the future. As part of this, facilitated sessions to support the new Curriculum in Wales will be available.
This museum represents chapters in the Carmarthenshire story. It has a history of its own too, having been the palace of the Bishops of St Davids for hundreds of years. Our permanent galleries bring to life Carmarthenshire’s past. Our galleries at the moment lend themselves to exploring life in Victorian times Food and Farming. And our special exhibitions are an opportunity to explore subjects in more depth.
We ask schools to book in advance so please Contact us with your preferred visit date and we can discuss the details of your visit. Call 01267 228696 or email info@cofgâr.wales
We love to welcome self-directed groups and coach parties. But if you are planning such a visit, we do ask you to book two weeks in advance.
Carmarthenshire Museum is big, but inside are the same cosy spaces lived in by the bishops of St.Davids, their families and staff. Not built for a crush of modern-day visitors. And we do want you to enjoy your visit.
Contact us with your preferred visit date and we'll check our diary and email you a booking form so you can give us more information about your group. Call 01267 228696 or email info@cofgâr.wales
A small shop jam-packed with gifts. Our inspiration has been Carmarthenshire and Wales. The stories, the history, the traditions, the crafts.
And you, our visitors. Please let us know what you think of our carefully-chosen selections. And we hope that among them you’ll find a special memento of your trip.
Tobias and the Angel
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Did you know?
The museum moved from Carmarthen to Abergwili in 1975. Does that seem a long time ago?
Make Medieval Herb Sachets
Inspired by Tobias and the Angel, you can make your own medieval herb sachets in this free event - just like Tobias!
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