The Ceridwen Centre is in an area what’s known as the Teifi valley. The river Teifi, famed for its fishing, runs to the mouth of Cardigan Bay and unites the three counties of Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. For visitors, we have it all – blue flag beaches, world-class gardens, woodlands, castles and beautiful countryside. The scenery changes around every bend, inviting you to explore, and stay a while longer.
But you don’t have to get in your car to see some local sights, many are within walking distance, which includes of course – the pub! Take a walk out of Ceridwen and you’ll see this is an area rich in relics of the Welsh woollen industry. It was once the heart of the Welsh woollen industry, with as many as thirty mills running over several square miles. Just a short walk into the village brings you to the National Wool Museum, an interactive treat of welsh life, culture and a once thriving heritage. The museum operates as a working mill and is a real trove of beautiful gifts. Woollen trails from and around the museum are well mapped and follow old drovers’ roads.
Also within walking distance is Saron golf course, it offers value for money, pay-and-play golf across 9 holes with 18 tees. The Teifi Valley Railway at Henllan is a narrow-gauge tourist railway only a short drive over the river and close to the West Wales Museum of Childhood.
Beaches are integral to a British family holiday and we’ve got so many you’ll be squabbling over favourites. With the Irish sea to our west and the Atlantic to the south, choose from sandy coves or immense long sands. Llangrannog and Tresaith both have ice-cream shops, cafes and pubs and are only 14 miles from Ceridwen. Cefn Sidan (to the south) is Wales’ longest beach with views over to north gower and still only 28 miles away.
What you’ll really notice here, is how green everything is compared to back home. Enjoy forest walks, walks over rolling green hills and walks up our leafy lane. Carmarthenshire is known as the ‘garden of Wales’ and the National Botanic Garden of Wales does this justice, with the world’s biggest single span glasshouse housing the best collection of mediterranean plants in the Northern Hemisphere. It easily rivals a similar but more well-known garden in the south of England. Ask us if we have any special 2 for 1 vouchers. Aberglasney House and Gardens is an ongoing independent project that features one of the most historically exciting gardens in the UK. The garden dates from the 15th century and new discoveries about its history are continually being made, the uncovering and restoration of an extremely rare Jacobean sunken garden has been the pinnacle.
The Welsh Wildlife Centre and Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve just outside Cardigan make up 264 acres of international conservation area. Amongst the well-maintained trails, the reserve is home to the natural habitats of otters, badgers, water voles and the more unusual water buffalo in the marshes around the estuary. The award-winning visitor centre completes the whole wildlife experience. Combine wildlife and landscape with a trip to Cilgerran Castle, overlooking the river Teifi down to a steep gorge, where canoe trips run daily from the Wildlife Centre nearby. To satisfy more wildlife hunger, consider a dolphin-watching trip from Newquay harbour where you can get the chance to see bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals and harbour porpoises in their own surroundings.
If you fancy an action-packed attraction for the kids, Folly Farm is a good all-round choice that will keep all ages happy, with animals, several rides and funky themed play areas. Oakwood is the nearest theme park for a dose of g-force. The Dyfed Shire Horse Farm and Cardigan Island Farm Park are smaller attractions closer to the Ceridwen Centre.