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Explore Cardigan & Pembrokeshire

The natural beauty of this part of Wales is perhaps the most compelling reason to come here. Visitors are often surprised by the many diverse activities available, from splendid sandy beaches for those looking for a relaxing holiday to hiking and canoeing for those looking for more adventure. Ty-Parc is located in the coastal market town of Cardigan. It has many privately owned shops, a lovely old market building which still houses the market and antique stalls, various restaurants and a cinema.

Ty-Parc is an ideal base from which to explore southern Ceredigion and northern Pembrokeshire. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park begins just south of the river Teifi, with the Ceredigion Heritage Coast to the north and, inland, the lush green pastures of the Teifi valley.

With our map of the area and leaflets with tourist information, we can advise and help you plan your journeys and visits within the region. There is a comprehensive information centre in the town. We also welcome walkers, fishermen, cyclists and motorcyclists, and offer secure storage/garaging for fishing equiment, cycles and motorbikes. We have listed a selection of activities that can be enjoyed, all within a short distance of Ty-Parc Guest House.


Heritage


Cardigan Castle


Cardigan CastleOn the Southern Borders of Cardigan lies the old castle, that has had a pretty chequered past and is now in the process of being refurbished. The castle (which is home to the first National Eisteddfod of Wales - 1176) has been bought by the Ceredigion Council and a trust has been set up to administer its renovation and to run it on completion. The steel buttresses, which were installed in the 60's to prevent the walls falling down, are currently in the process of being removed. Originally, there were houses located / attached to the outside of the walls but these were demolished to make way for a traffic improvement scheme. The entire castle grounds are also set to be renovated over the coming years.

Cilgerran Castle

Cilgerran's towers appear amongst woods on the rim of a steep gorge. This tranquil spot was once hotly disputed territory. The castle was protected on two sides by steep drops, and in the 13th century powerful twin round towers and curtain walls were built to defend its vulnerable flank away from the cliff. Cilgerran's history and setting have long stirred the imagination. It has inspired artists for centuries and was one of Wales first tourist attractions. The timeworn, beautifully located castle has a romantic air - it is somehow fitting that Cilgerran is forever associated with the abduction in 1109 of Nest, the Welsh 'Helen of Troy', by a besotted Owain, son of the prince of Powys, an act which set all Wales aflame.

Natural Wool Museum

Wool was historically the most important and widespread of Wales industries. The picturesque village of Dre-fach Felindre in the beautiful Teifi valley was once the centre of a thriving woollen industry. A wide range of garments and blankets were all made here, and sold in the surrounding countryside along with the rest of the world. Located in the historic former Cambrian Mills, the National Wool Museum is a special place with a spellbinding story to tell. Re-opened in 2004 following major re-development, this flagship museum is a new and exciting place to visit with something for everyone to enjoy. Follow the process from Fleece to Fabric and visit the sympathetically restored listed mill buildings. There you can see Historic Machinery and brand new features such as the glass roofed courtyard.

Pentre Ifan

Pentre Ifan Pentre Ifan is a Bronze-Age megalithic site dating from at least 4000 B.C. It is probably the finest Welsh hilltop megalith. It is said to have been originally constructed as a burial chamber, but has been denuded of earth over several thousand years. The magnificent horizontal capstone is still in place and is estimated to weigh 40 tons. The hilltop site overlooks Fishguard Bay and provides a beautiful setting. The belief of the builders was that the interred soul was closer to the Spirit World and also closer to the Sun, whose essence was worshipped as the giver of life, warmth and abundance. There is an interesting passage on Pentre Ifan written in 1911 by W.Y. Evans Wentz, author of The Tibetan book of The Dead, in his book The Fairy Faith in Celtic countries.

Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort

Or 'castle of the old court', is a fascinating place to visit, and considered to be an important archaeological site in north Pembrokeshire. This Iron Age hill fort has been the subject of an ongoing excavation for more than twenty years, accompanied by an exercise in reconstruction archaeology whereby experiments in prehistoric farming have been practised. Four roundhouses and a granary have been reconstructed on their original Iron Age foundations. During the summer the site acts as a training excavation for young archaeologists. The site is a popular visitor attraction and is owned by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.


Wildlife


Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

It may be frequently battered by high winds and rain, but the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path is still one of Britain's most popular routes for ramblers. The picturesque route is famed for covering almost every kind of maritime landscape from limestone and volcanic cliffs to sandy coves and estuaries. Running from St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south, its various sections attracts a million walks every year. Hence it has been rated among the top ten walks in the world, alongside The Inca Trail in Peru and even Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The path in West Wales - the only British entry on the list - took third place behind the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, USA, and the Santiago de Compostela pilgrims' walk from France to northern Spain.

Walkers' choice: The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path attracts one million walks each year, and while many of the entries from around the world can only be enjoyed by seasoned hikers accompanied by guides, the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path stands out as it is easy for any age and ability to negotiate. Named third-best walk in the world By TRAVELMAIL REPORTER

Welsh Wildlife Centre

Welsh Wildlife Centre The Welsh Wildlife Centre is situated on the magnificent Teifi Marshes nature reserve. There is a resident population of one of the only indigenous species of wild otter found in the UK. In addition, there are resident populations of wild deer. A strong badger population also exists on the reserve and surrounding land. There are four contrasting walks around the reserve with hides where you can view the wildlife more closely. The middle floor of the fantastic visitor centre has a permanent display on the geology and industry of the River Teifi with interactive exhibits and also there are interactive cameras from off the reserve. On the ground floor is our information and retail outlet with a wide variety of locally produced crafts, maps, and books on wildlife. The popular Glasshouse Cafe is situated on the top floor of the visitor centre and has a mouthwatering menu using locally sourced and organic produce.

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Centre

Owned by the Forestry Commission, the centre is set in a stunning lakeside setting overlooking the Melindwr Valley with the Ceredigion coastline in the distance. The views from the centre are absolutely staggering and on a clear day you can see down to Aberystwyth. The main attraction has to be the Red Kite, feeding sessions are held across the lake all year round. During the winter months, you can see up to a hundred kites reeling around and even in summer, they number up to forty. The woodland and lake are home other various birds and wildfowl. There are a few walking paths ranging fro 1.5 to 5 miles in length. There are also three mountain bike trails here which are ranked among the best in Britain. In June 2005, an impressive visitor centre was opened overlooking the lake. There's also a tearoom for refreshments, a small gift shop and two wooden outdoor play areas for children.

New Quay Honey Farm

New Quay Honey Farm is a working honey farm with nearly 500 hives of bees. The old Chapel houses a bee exhibition with live colonies in trees and hives. See the inner workings of a bee colony. Audio and visual displays. There is also a meadery with an exhibition about the history of mead and how it is made a shop selling honey from their own hives, mead made on the farm (you can taste it) and related products. There is also a tea room serving home made cakes, cream teas and light meals. National Botanic Garden of Wales

National Botanic Garden of Wales

The National Botanic Garden of Wales, is the first national botanic garden to be created in the new millennium. This year is their seventh birthday. In a short time, they have developed into one of the most fascinating gardens in the UK. Already they have the most visited garden in Wales, and were voted the number #1 wonder of Wales by the Western Mail and are helping to conserve some of the rarest plants in the world.

National Botanic Garden photo - Copyright: Andrew Cox 2009


Beaches


Poppit Sands

Poppit Sands Beach Poppit Sands is a very large, sandy beach at the estuary of the River Teifi near Cardigan in Wales. It is close to St Dogmaels and the northern end of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path starts there. This spot is a significant gathering spot for surfers and boogie-boarders alike. Gwbert is a cliff top coastal village settlement in Y Ferwig community, Ceredigion, Wales on Cardigan Bay. Gwbert lies at the end of the B4548 road, 3 miles from Cardigan, on the eastern shore of the Teifi estuary.

Newport Sands

A superb long stretch of beach with lots of room to play games and sail boats. The beach is backed by a popular golf course with club house. At low tide you can walk across the estuary to Newport Parrog, and the walk around the river bank through a bird sanctuary to the road bridge crossing is always enjoyable, however, visitors should be careful of dangerous currents around the river. Nature has given Newport a spectacular setting of sea, castle and the towering Carn Ingli - at 1100 ft this makes for a wonderful view from the beach. Access to the beach is easy (no steps or cliffs) and is well signposted by minor roads from the A487 to the east of the centre of Newport.

Mwnt

Mwnt Beach Mwnt is a very small community and ancient parish in south Ceredigion, Wales, on the Irish Sea coast about 4 miles from Cardigan. It gets its name from the prominent steep conical hill, a landmark from much of Cardigan Bay, that rises above the beach. Both the church and the beach are owned by the National Trust who exercise a conservation remit over both. The Irish Sea off Mwnt is rich in wildlife, being a regular summer home to dolphins, seals and porpoises.

Tresaith

Tresaith is a coastal village in the Welsh county of Ceredigion. Tresaith is between Aberporth and Llangranog; it is linked to by a two-mile coastal path. Situated in West Wales, Tresaith is part of the Ceredigion Heritage Coastline which - although not as well known as the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park - offers similar walking and views. There is an abundance of wildlife and flora. Many kinds of seabirds can be spotted and regular sightings of grey seals are made.