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Felinfoel Brewery
Felinfoel is located in Carmarthenshire
Location within Carmarthenshire
PopulationNot Recorded
See Llanelli Rural
OS grid referenceSN519024
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSA14-15
Dialling code01554
FireMid and West Wales
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
51°41′53″N 4°08′49″W / 51.698°N 4.147°W / 51.698; -4.147Coordinates: 51°41′53″N 4°08′49″W / 51.698°N 4.147°W / 51.698; -4.147

Felinfoel (pronounced /vɛlɪnvɔɪl/) is a small village and electoral ward on the River Lliedi on the northern border of Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, West Wales, with a population of about 2,000.

The Felinfoel Brewery, home of Double Dragon Ale, is the oldest in Wales. It was the first brewery outside the US to sell beer in cans.[1]

The village is renowned for its close community and ties with many famous names that have starred in past Llanelli RFC line-ups. The rugby union fly-half Phil Bennett, who played for Llanelli, Wales and the British Lions, is one of Felinfoel's most famous residents.

Felinfoel is part of the Llanelli Rural community. It is generally considered a suburb of the town of Llanelli.

Local amenities[edit]

Holy Trinity church, Felinfoel

Felinfoel has a butcher's, a bakery, a fish and chip shop, locally produced real ale from the historic Felinfoel Brewery and shop, a Co-op supermarket and a computer shop within the village.

It is a small village with a parish church and Nonconformist chapel. The Diplomat Hotel and Edens Health Spa and Gym health spa also fall within the village's borders.

To the north of the village and on the River Lliedi is a picturesque double reservoir which gives the Swiss Valley area its name.

Felinfoel's main Baptist chapel, Adulam, plays a significant role in the history of that Nonconformist sect, as it is on the site of Ty Newydd, said by some to be the oldest Baptist settlement in Wales.[citation needed] Previously, the outlawed creed held its meetings in secret in Ogof Goetre Wen on the Morlais River some four miles away. Adulam's baptismal pool on the River Lleidi was in use for total immersions until the 1970s. The congregation would sit on the railway sleeper benches, and on the bridge over the river, and sing as the person was raised from the water.


An electoral ward of the same name exists, sending councillors to Llanelli Rural Council and Carmarthenshire County Council. The population of this ward falls entirely within the Llanelli Rural community. The total population of the ward taken at the 2011 census was 2,054.[2]


Felinfoel has good links with the M4 motorway which leads to Swansea and Cardiff to the east and Carmarthen and Pembrokeshire in the west. The village is also linked by regular local bus services to Llanelli railway station.


  1. ^ "Felinfoel Brewery beer can". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 14 April 2015.

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