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Carmarthenshire Museum

See fascinating exhibitions, hear the Carmarthenshire story, and experience the atmosphere of an Old Bishop's Palace.


The county museum tells the stories of people, power and protest across Carmarthenshire, from the arts and crafts they made to the tools and techniques they used.


Based in the 700-year-old former Palace for the Bishops of St David's, you'll find reminders of that history throughout your visit. From a peaceful Chapel to a dark Old Kitchen, you'll find plenty to enjoy at the Palace in a Park.

Opening Times 2024

1 January - 25 March

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am - 4pm.


26 March - 21 July

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm.


23 July - 1 September

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 6pm.


3 September - 31 December

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm.


1 January 2025 - 30 March 2025

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm.


Entry to the museum is free.

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.




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.


Car parking

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.


Find out more about how to get to Carmarthenshire Museum and what facilities we have available inside that enable everyone to enjoy their visit.

Gift shop

Our new shop has a great range of local and Welsh-made products for a lovely gift. 

School visits

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@cofgâ 

Group visits

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@cofgâ 

Dogs in the museum

We love dogs and particularly welcome them in the park and the cafe. However, we can only allow assistance dogs into the museum itself.


See our access information page for more information about how we welcome assistance dogs.

Finding us


  • Abergwili SA31 2JG

  • Felinfoel Road Llanelli SA15 2LJ

  • Pendine SA33 4NY

  • Kidwelly SA17 4LW

  • Laugharne, SA33 4SD