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Things to do in Cardigan

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Use our guide to discover the best things to do in Cardigan

You will not be short of great things to do in Cardigan using our helpful guide! Boasting everything from ancient history to the striking seascapes, you and your family will find lots of Cardigan things to do. 

Things to do in Cardigan

Cardigan is a quaint market town on the West Coast of Wales, an ideal base for heritage and natural beauty. The historic town offers a seamless blend of modern marvels with historical wonder, so it is little wonder that people return year after year.

One of the best things to do in Cardigan is to explore the Norman fortress, Cardigan Castle.  Sitting on a stretch on the Afon Teifi is an impressive feat of architecture, steeped in history with a compelling medieval background.

Castell Henllys is a fascinating reconstructed Iron Age fort near the Pembrokeshire National Park offering a great day out. Here, visitors can take part in costumed guided tours and workshops, promising a memorable visit.

For those feeling a little more adventurous, you will also find a plethora of superb things to do. Such activities include; climbing onboard a boat to go dolphin watching, stand up paddle boarding and white water rafting. Alternatively, explore a range of stunning beaches and things to do near Cardigan including Mwnt Beach, a National Trust-protected area where dolphins are regularly spotted.

For something more leisurely, you will be delighted to find that Cardigan offers excellent shopping opportunities. The town is littered with vintage and antique shops, as well as the old-fashioned treasure of the Guildhall market. After a day of retail therapy, treat yourself to the growing number of excellent places to eat and drink, ranging from quaint cafes to idyllic pubs!

Continue reading to ensure you get the most out of your holiday and find things to do in Cardigan…

Images by graham elsom; MJ Roscoe; Graham Turner.

  • Cardigan Castle

    Cardigan Castle

    This 12th century castle dominates the town of Cardigan and is steeped in over 900 years of compelling Welsh history.

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    Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park

    Mid Wales
    SA43 1PR


    Known for its spectacular views across to Cardigan Island, this farm park is nestled on a picturesque headland in Cardigan Bay. Here you can get up close and personal with guinea pigs, rabbits, llamas, sheep, ponies and more. You can also spot wildlife from bottlenose dolphins to red kites!

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  • Castell Henllys

    Castell Henllys

    Get a taste of what life was like more than 2,000 years ago at this Iron Age roundhouse nestled amidst 30 acres of woodland in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

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  • Cilgerran Castle

    Cilgerran Castle

    Enjoy superlative, elevated views of the lush scenery surrounding Cilgerran from its 13th century medieval castle ruins.

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  • Goodrington Sands

    Mwnt Beach

    This beautifully hidden cove is owned by the National Trust and offers a ‘secret’ sandy beach to spend the summer days with your loved ones.

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  • Goodrington Sands

    Tresaith Beach

    At Tresaith you will find a fine gastropub as well as two glorious beaches, one of which is accessed by crossing a beautiful cascading waterfall.

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