A cornerstone of Welsh culture

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.

See kingfishers and eat cake

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.

View of the outside of the visitors centre at the Welsh Wildlife Centre in Cilgerran
Welsh Wildlife Centre

Go dolphin spotting

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.

Girl looking out to sea Near New Quay, Dolphin watching, Ceredigion Heritage Coast
Dolphin spotting in Cardigan Bay

Relax in pizza heaven

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

Take a gentle canoe trip

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.

Explore the grand sand

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.

Let them eat (more) cake

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.

Walk a path of glory

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.

Discover the best local produce

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.

Gorge on castles

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.