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The place in Wales named the UK’s best ‘tiny tourist attraction’

by Staff

Wales is known for its many tourist attractions, spectacular minibreak destinations and beautiful scenery. But if you’re looking for somewhere a bit different to visit, one Welsh venue has come out top in a fairly niche category. In a round-up of the “most captivating tiny tourist attractions” in the UK, a unique location in Gower was listed as one of the best pocket-sized places to visit.

The pint-sized cinema, La Charrette, was listed by The Times as a top attraction in Britain. The fascinating venue is located in Parkmill, Gower, and is recognised by the British Film Institute as Wales’ smallest cinema. The wacky movie house was built in the 1950s by Gwyn Phillips for the village of Gorseinon.




Mr Phillips was a film projectionist and Gorseinon electrician who resolved to build his own cinema when he couldn’t get into his local one to see Tarzan as there were no more seats available. He established his first cinema in a redundant coal shed but in 1955, he came up with another unique plan. You can get more Swansea news and other story updates straight to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletters here.

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This was the interior of La Charrette, a tiny cinema that has screened countless blockbusters to the people of south Wales(Image: PA)
Before the cinema was moved to the heritage centre, it was located in Gorseinon. A world premiere of Alien Love Triangle was held there in 2008 to mark its closure before it was later rescued. (Image: PA)


The film fanatic converted a disused 1920s railway carriage into a tiny cinema and named it La Charrette, which translates to “the carriage” in French. After decades of screening blockbusters including King Kong and Ocean’s 13, the cinema became too costly to maintain and fell into disrepair. It closed in 2008 but was then rescued by the Gower Heritage Centre and leading British film critic Mark Kermode and is now located at the centre in Parkmill. You can read more about the fascinating cinema here.

You can book the private cinema for up to 20 people, from £85, and bring your own DVD to watch on the “big” screen. The red carpet will even be rolled out and you can bring your own drinks and nibbles. To find out more info, contact [email protected].

Not far from the cinema lies a historic, stone-faced country pub, the Gower Inn, nestled in a wooded valley with lovely walks nearby. There’s a large beer garden outside and cosy furnishings inside if you fancy a tipple after the film. The cinema is the only Welsh tiny attraction included in The Times article, but it’s in good company alongside some other fascinating places across the UK. A tiny model village in Gloucestershire, one of the UK’s smallest pubs in Kent and a tiny church in Sussex are also named as must-see places to visit.

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