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Burry Port is a small town five miles to the West of of Llanelli in Carmarthenshire, Wales, lying on the Loughor estuary.

The Town of Burry Port, Carmarthenshire

Burry Port Harbour
Burry Port Harbour

Burry Port (Welsh: Porth Tywyn) lies at the end of the Gwendraeth valley which runs north easterly from Burry Port for about twelve miles (19 km). The land around the valley itself contains large amounts of coal as well as limestone.

The Gwendraeth Fawr flows the length of the valley and joins the sea at Burry port flowing into the estuary of the Loughor river (known locally as the "Burry"). West of the town's shoreline is Pembrey Burrows, a large area of burrow and marshland which historically occupied many square miles of land, much of which has later been reclaimed. To the north of the town is the hill Mynydd Pembrey, or Pembrey Mountain.

Burry Port industrial history is closeley related to coal mining but with the closure of all the mines at Cwm Mawr the railways up the valley have been lifted. The harbour is now a marina for small leisure craft. Pembrey and Burry Port railway station still exists and is served by regular services east via Swansea and Cardiff to London and west into Pembrokeshire.

Burry Port boasts a supermarket, specialist shops, several hairdressers, a beauty and skincare salon, an array of pubs and fast food outlets, a library and a large secondary school.

Glan-y-Mor Comprehensive School (Glan-y-Mor translates as 'The Sea Shore') has approximately 600 pupils (2010). There is also a Welsh primary School - Ysgol Parc y Tywyn, and an English medium infants school and an English medium junior school in the town.

Burry Port lies on the Millennium Coastal Path from Bynea near Llanelli to Pembrey Burrows.
The town is also home to a lifeboat station which is situated in Burry Port Harbour.

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