About Cardigan Castle & Gardens
Medieval walls and remains surround a Georgian house and landscaped gardens set in two acres of grounds overlooking the River Teifi.
The Grade II listed gardens are home to more than 130 types of plants. Among them, you will find 15 original species, including a large Turkey oak, a copper beech, snowberry and early varieties of holly.
Most of the landscaping was carried out in the early 1800s when Castle Green House was built on the site for John Bowen, a local barrister. This included the removal of the curtain wall opposite the Strand to form "hanging gardens".
The house was also extended in 1827 with the front range added to the existing structure. A hothouse, glasshouse and fernery were erected soon afterwards.
Plans and views of this period show the villa set in a landscape of lawn, shrubberies and a perimeter walk. Other outbuildings included stables, coach house and a gardener’s cottage, and a walled kitchen garden was laid out behind the main house.
While John Bowen and Arthur Jones have been credited with much of the landscaping around Castle Green House during their ownership of the Castle; the gardens as we know them today were probably also enhanced by additional plantings made by David Davies, a Sheriff of Cardiganshire, who purchased the site in 1832.
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