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.