Cardigan is a creative town with strong Welsh roots and a reputation for a lively arts scene. You’ll find plenty of things to do in Cardigan including walks, wildlife spotting, music and food. Expect to hear Welsh spoken in the streets, but with residents and businesses accommodating for English speakers too.
Things to do:
The first thing you’ll notice about Cardigan is probably the river. The River Teifi runs through the bottom of the town, bringing with it cormorants, fish, otters and kingfishers. You can take one of the several circular walks to admire it or grab a coffee or a beer in one of the venues overlooking it.
Cilgerran Wildlife Park circular walk is worth checking out too, as there are some water buffalo grazing on the marshes. A magnificent sight.
Theatre Mwldan is an arts and cinema centre with diverse productions, Banff Mountain Film Festival also stops there on its tour.
Poppit Sands Beach is a sandy beach with picturesque dunes and has been awarded the blue flag which means its a great spot for swimming and a family day out. It also marks the start of the famous Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which can be as adventurous as you like: take a small stroll around the headland and back or pack a flask and some sandwiches and make a day of it. Don’t forget you’ll either need a lift back or factor in your return journey. This is not a circular walk.
Cardigan has grown around its 11th century Norman castle, which is open to the public. Aside from the walk around the castle itself, it also has a heritage centre with education facilities, a restaurant and regular events.
Food and Drinks:
Pizza Tipi is a great live music venue situated alongside the river. Expect live bands a plenty, great pizza and locally brewed beer. The perfect place to take in a balmy summer evening near one of the fires.
Bara Menyn is an artisan bakehouse and vegetarian cafe under one roof. Housed in one of Cardigan’s historic custom house buildings, it has tons of character to go alongside great food and coffee.
The Cellar Bar is a quirky pub proud to showcase local live music, poetry, theatre and song.
As well as the places mentioned here, there are loads of places to stop and enjoy a coffee or a bowl of traditional Welsh Cawl (a lamb stew) during the autumn and winter. Go to one of the old cafe’s for a fry-up and try to order in Welsh. The locals will love you!