10 things to do in Cardigan

It’s the 11th century West Wales town marking the border between Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. Once the most important port in Wales, Cardigan offers plenty of natural wonder for visitors to explore.

  • A look at the remains of Cardigan Castle against a grey backdrop

    Cardigan Castle, Ceredigion & Cardigan Bay

    A peaceful corner of a bustling market town, Cardigan Castle has a colourful history and is best known as the venue for the first Eisteddfod in 1176. Poets and musicians from all over Wales, France and Ireland came to compete for prizes and the acclaim of Lord Rhys, the architect of an event that remains a cornerstone of Welsh culture.

  • The sun bursting through the long green grass of the marshland

    The marshland, Ceredigion & Cardigan Bay

    From the striking design of the Glasshouse café to the giant willow badger overlooking the Teifi marshes, the Welsh Wildlife Centre makes the most of its striking location. There are four nature trails and if you’re lucky you might spot kingfishers and otters, as well as the centre’s resident water buffalo.

  • These trips start along the Teifi estuary, opening up to the wide blue waters of Cardigan Bay, the best spot for dolphin watching in Europe. The mere sight of a dorsal fin will set the heart racing and you’re likely to see Atlantic grey seals and a rich variety of bird life too.

    A pod of Cardigan Bay dolphins seen on a dolphin spotting boat trip

  • A close up of a pizza being prepared

    Pizzatipi pizza being prepared, Ceredigion & Cardigan Bay

     by Pizzatipi

    Situated in a courtyard overlooking the Teifi river, four brothers and their friends serve delicious wood fired pizzas, craft ales and wine. The welcome is warm and the atmosphere is relaxed, with regular live music on the weekends.

  • There are plenty of white water adventures to be had in Wales, but here’s a tranquil alternative, perfectly in keeping with the environment of the Teifi gorge. You’ll feel a million miles away from the bustle of daily life as you drift along the gentle tidal waters.

    A view across the greenery and water of Teifii Gorge

  • Explore the grand sand

    A look across the water to the empty and secluded Mwnt beach

    The view across to Mwnt, Ceredigion & Cardigan Bay

    Speak to the people who live around Cardigan and they’ll all have a favourite patch of sand to escape to. Mwnt, Poppit Sands and Tresaith are just three of many beaches worth exploring.

  • The Bara Menyn Bakehouse and café is a special treat from Cardigan to its visitors. Fresh baked sourdough bread, great coffee and an imaginative menu of sandwiches and salads using local produce. There’s a life-affirming buzz to the place and the service is charming.

  • The Wales Coast Path offers 870 miles of adventure along the coast of the country. The 12-mile route from Cardigan to Aberporth is broken up into three sections, allowing you to take in the a varied landscape, from the wooded Teifi estuary to the wild cliff-tops between Mwnt and Aberporth.

    Wales Coast Path sign on the Ceredigion coast

  • Just a mile or so from Cardigan is the village of St Dogmaels. Its Local Producers Market takes place every Tuesday. It was named the Best Market in the 2016 BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards and there’s a friendly goodness to the proceedings you’ll enjoy almost as much as the food.

    An image of a quiet street and traditional cottages in St Dogmaels

  • The remains of Cilgerran Castle

    Cilgerran Castle, Ceredigion & Cardigan Bay

    Three miles away from Cardigan are the ruins of the 13th century Cilgerran Castle. It features two imposing drum towers on a cliff-top location overlooking the Teifi gorge – a dramatic enough sight for the artists of the calibre of JMW Turner to be drawn to paint it.