Cardigan

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Cardigan showing street scenes

This town of twisting medieval streets is a gateway to the magnificent beaches, coastal walks and countryside of Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Cardigan is a peaceful Welsh town with a well-preserved townscape, which provides the setting for varied arts, crafts and music events. The town straddles the Teifi River at the point where the counties of Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire meet. Its strategic location means there is an array of places to explore: beachside villages, coastal pathways, nature reserves and valleys.

Cardigan grew up around Cardigan Castle, a Norman stronghold perched on a headland on the north bank of the Teifi River. Take a guided tour to discover the stories of the castle’s residents and the battles fought. Learn about the birth of Eisteddfod in 1176, which today is a worldwide celebration of Welsh culture.

Stroll from the castle to the town center, where you’ll find a collection of winding streets framed by elegant Georgian and Victorian-era houses. Many double-up as art galleries, handicraft shops, traditional teahouses and welcoming pubs. Stop at the Cardigan Heritage Centre, which has exhibitions on the town’s history. Browse rotating art displays and shop at artisan markets at Cardigan Guildhall.

Catch a comedy, live music or theater show at the town’s performance venue, Theatr Mwldan. Delve into Welsh language and culture at July’s Gwyl Fawr Aberteifi festival. Celebrate the town’s maritime history at August’s Cardigan Quays Festival.

Put on your walking shoes and experience the striking natural beauty of Cardigan’s coastal and rural landscapes. Trails extend from the town center and connect with both the Ceredigion Coast Path and Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Walk north to the Cardigan Coastal Farm Park and then continue to Mwnt Beach. Head west along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to Poppit Sands Beach and Cemaes Head.

Follow trails inland to the Welsh Wildlife Centre and the meadows and woodland of Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve. Be sure to join boat and sea-kayaking excursions around Cardigan Bay. Spot bottlenose dolphins, seals and birdlife such as buzzards, cormorants and kestrels.

Cardigan is a 2-hour drive from Cardiff and about 90-minutes from Swansea. Its combination of cultural events, historic sites and natural attractions is a great example of the captivating charm of West Wales.

The Penrallt Hotel
The Penrallt Hotel
4 out of 5
The Penrallt Hotel, Aberporth, Cardigan, Wales
The price is $109 per night from Nov 18 to Nov 18
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The Cliff Hotel & Spa
The Cliff Hotel & Spa
3 out of 5
Gwbert, Pembrokeshire, Cardigan, Wales
The price is $121 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
Situated in Cardigan, this spa hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Patch Beach and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Cardigan Guildhall Market. Cardigan Castle and Mwnt Beach are also ...
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Cardigan Bay Holiday Park
Cardigan Bay Holiday Park
5 out of 5
Saint Dogmaels, Cardigan, Wales
The price is $147 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
Situated near the beach, this luxury holiday park is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Poppit Sands Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of St Dogmaels Abbey and Cardigan Castle. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (19 reviews)
"This was a really enjoyable and memorable holiday with very pleasant and clean caravans to stay. The area was also pleasant and clean. There should be more sign me on the road to locate the hotel as it was difficult to find at first. The caravans also really needed AC or at least fans for the summer ..."

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2021

Cardigan Bay Holiday Park
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Trenewydd Farm Holiday Cottages
Trenewydd Farm Holiday Cottages
3.5 out of 5
Moylegrove, Cardigan, WLS
Situated in Cardigan, this cottage is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, St Dogmaels Abbey, and The Coach House Visitor Centre. Cardigan ...
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Beech Tree Cottage
Beech Tree Cottage
3.5 out of 5
27 Penrallt Cottages Aberporth, Cardigan, Wales
Situated near the beach, this cottage is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Traeth y Cribach and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Traeth Penloin. Mwnt Beach and Mwnt Church are also within ...
Beech Tree Cottage
The Old Sea Captain's House: A short walk to stunning beaches, shops and pubs
The Old Sea Captain's House: A short walk to stunning beaches, shops and pubs
Cardigan, WLS
Nestled on the beach, this Cardigan vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Traeth y Cribach and Traeth Penloin. Traeth Penbryn is 1.8 mi (3 km) away.
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Happiness in Aberporth, Wales
"We came to stay at the Sea Captain's House at a time when there were no facilities for lively children open, at a time of covid; and yet it made no difference to this wonderful holiday at all. We adored the house and the friendly neighbours and shop keepers in the locality. The beach was a beautiful ..."

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

The Old Sea Captain's House: A short walk to stunning beaches, shops and pubs
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