Welsh cheese

Wales is famous for its cheese farms and festivals, winning dozens of awards and creating hundreds of flavours. Whether you're feeling peckish or artisan, here are some of the best ways to see them.

  • The Big Cheese Festival in Caerphilly, South Wales Valleys

    The Big Cheese Festival in Caerphilly, South Wales Valleys

     by Steve Hughes

    As more than 80,000 people descended upon the castle town for this July's festival, perhaps this is the place to start for the true cheese connoisseur in a land with no shortage of experts on the subject. Loads of fun for all the family, funfairs and food halls abound.

  • Welsh Cheese and Cider Festival, Gower Peninsula

    Welsh Cheese and Cider Festival, Gower Peninsula

     by Pete Brown

    Set within the historic Gower Peninsula a few miles west of Swansea, this annual heritage centre festival is a great place to try some Welsh classics and meet some of the people behind the best cheeses in the country. You'll do well to resist the jams, chutneys and ciders, too.

  • Madame Fromage in the Castle Arcade, Cardiff

    Madame Fromage in the Castle Arcade, Cardiff

     by Julie Gibson

    You've a spacious restaurant, outdoor tables or an intimate cafe to choose from courtesy of these two arcade emporiums of fromage. From cakes to platters and rounds, there are also 150 brands of cheese imported from across the country, giving you a one-stop show from which to sample the flavours.

  • Cowbridge Food & Drink Festival

    Cowbridge Food & Drink Festival, Vale of Glamorgan

     by Visit Wales

    Attracting around 15,000 people to a beautiful Vale of Glamorgan setting, this festival is your chance to meet some of the country's finest cheese creators within a buzzing town. Taking place in May, the event hosts a range of foodie treats including local and international exhibitors and demonstrations by top chefs to help hone your skills.

  • Selection of a variety of Caws Cenarth cheeses
    Caws Cenarth cheeses

    A family-run business established nearly 30 years ago, this is the oldest producer of the famous Welsh Farmhouse Caerffili – available, depending on your needs, in garlic and herb and smoked varieties. You could also try a Perl Wan described as Brie-like and the powerful, award-winning Golden Cenarth.

  • Selection of Blaenafon Cheddar cheeses
    Blaenafon Cheddar Company cheeses

    There's a clue in their place within the World Heritage Site that Blaenavon's cheese company might be a bit special – one of their former award winners was matured 300 feet below ground in the nearby National Coal Museum, Big Pit. Pop in and see them, then carry on exploring.

  • Child feeding apples to a litter of piglets

    Cwmcrwth Farm, Carmarthenshire

     by discover carmathenshire

    Ever fancied learning how to make cheese? An expert artisan cheesemaker will show you how in a one-day course using cow, goat or sheep cultures. Moulds, presses, flavours and the science behind it are some of the topics taught at a farm in a beautiful location to see West Wales from.

  • Wheels of Caws Teifi cheese
    Caws Teifi Cheeses

    A family farm with Dutch origins, perhaps pitch up early if you're visiting Teifi – they reckon you should try to visit at 6am, when their milk is delivered, to understand the full cheesemaking process. Later arrivals, fortunately, are just as welcome, with their speciality cheese, unsurprisingly, bearing a Gouda-style taste.

  • From oak-smoked award-winners to cheesecakes, this family-run shop has been thriving at the foot of the Preseli mountains since 1983. A welcoming team with plenty of expertise to impart, they offer samples and gift selections from their shop, which is a wonderful place to gaze out at Pembrokeshire from.