Things to see and do in Ceredigion

From bottlenose dolphins to bottles of Welsh ale, devilled kidneys to the Devil’s Bridge, Ceredigion really has got the lot.

  • Ynys-hir Nature Reserve

    Ynyshir Nature Reserve, Machynlleth, Ceredigion

    The BBC’s much-loved Springwatch programme set up home amidst the woodland, wet grassland and saltmarshes of Ynys-hir in 2011. Ducks and geese reside here in winter, while the summer brings lapwings and redshanks. There are seven hides at Ynyshir for you to fully experience the wild wonder of this special corner of Ceredigion.

    More coast and countryside attractions in Ceredigion.

  • Main building of Aberystwyth Arts Centre, part of Aberystwyth University

    Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Ceredigion

     by Minoltakid

    This seaside university town has one of the busiest and most vibrant arts centres in the UK, hosting cinema screenings, dance, comedy and theatrical events, as well as all kinds of exhibitions. Keep an eye out for the Wales One World Festival in February & March and the International Ceramics Festival in June.

    More arts and craft centres in Ceredigion.

  • National Library of Wales

    National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion

    There’s something awe-inspiring about an institution that aims to create an archive of every book, photograph, film and piece of music made in a country, - even somewhere as small as Wales. Best of all, this material is accessible to all visitors, who are also drawn by the regular exhibitions and lectures that take place at the library.

  • The 18th century Llanerchaeron House in Pembrokeshire

    Llanerchaeron, Aberaeron, Ceredigion

     by Matt Eves

    Llanerchaeron is an elegant, almost understated, Georgian mansion beside the River Aeron in Ceredigion. Llanerchaeron was built in 1790 by John Nash, who included Buckingham Palace and Brighton Pavilion on his impressive CV. The house now functions as a working organic farm, with Welsh black cattle, rare Welsh pigs and Llanwenog sheep.

    More history attractions in Ceredigion.

  • Aberaeron
    Aberaeron harbour, Ceredigion

    Respected broadcaster (and Welshman) Huw Edwards rates Aberaeron as the prettiest town on the coast of Wales. It was established early in the 19th century and the Regency style buildings around the harbour are quaint and unusual. The much loved Harbourmaster Hotel is well worth a visit for good food using local produce and great local ales.

  • Red Kite

    Red kite

    The Cambrian Mountains offer an ideal playground for mountain bikers who enjoy a wild and rugged experience. There are three biking trails, three walking trails and a variety of other attractions in the area, including two childrens’ play areas and a café where you can watch red kites feeding over the nearby lake.

    More sightseeing attractions in Ceredigion.

  • Vale of Rheidol Railway
    Vale of Rheidol Railway, Ceredigion

    Catch a steam train from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge and you seem to travel back in time along the 11 mile (17 km) narrow gauge railway track to Devil’s Bridge. This line opened in 1902 to serve local lead ore and timber industries since when it has only temporarily halted its service during times of war.

    More heritage attractions in Ceredigion.

  • Chef serving medieval feast at Y Ffarmers, one of the oldest pubs in Wales

    Y Ffarmers in Llanfihangel y Creuddyn, Ceredigion

     by Collen

    Llanfihangel y Creuddyn, on the outskirts of Aberystwyth, is one of 14 thankful villages in England and Wales who suffered no deaths during World War I. It’s also home to Y Ffarmers (simply translated as The Farmers), a family-run pub with a wood-burning stove, a great list of ales to drink and a menu which takes full advantage of abundant local ingredients.

  • Devil's Bridge Falls

    Devil's Bridge Falls, Ceredigion

    The remarkable site of not one, not two, but three bridges built where the River Mynach cascades 300 feet (90 metres) to the River Rheidiol below. According to folklore the first bridge was constructed by the Devil himself, who was obviously a dab hand at this kind of thing having been credited with at least another 20 structures of a similar kind across Europe.

    More countryside attractions in Ceredigion.

  • A pod of Cardigan Bay dolphins seen on a dolphin spotting boat trip
    A pod of dolphins in Cardigan Bay, Ceredigion by A Bay To Remember

    Cardigan Bay is home to the sociable bottlenose dolphin the comparatively shy harbour porpoise and over 5000 Atlantic grey seals. A dolphin survey boat trip will give you the opportunity to learn from expert volunteers about the work that goes into maintaining this Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

    More sightseeing attractions in Ceredigion.