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Beach near Cardigan at Llangranog by Barbara Ballard Ceredigion received its name from Prince Ceredig, son of the leader who reclaimed this area for the Welsh from the Irish invaders. This part of the country still retains its strong Welsh roots and language. Geographically, it consists of two different but equally scenic areas, the Cardigan coast and the countryside.

Aberystwyth road by Barbara Ballard The countryside spotlights beautiful landscapes of mountains, lakes, forests and rivers-many remote and sparsely settled. As a result there are a number of unique habitats that attract rare species of wildlife, plants and birds. Among them is the rare red kite, a bird of prey considered to be the most agile flyer of all the European birds of prey.

Mountain road from Tregaron to Beulah by Barbara Ballard Old drovers' routes lead over the mountains and provide views that reach south to the Brecon Beacons and north to Snowdonia. The narrow, twisty mountain road leading from Tregaron to Llanwrtyd traverses part of Ceredigion. Like all of Wales' mountain roads, it should only be driven in clear weather-for safety reasons and to take advantage of the view.

Vale of Rheidol by Barbara Ballard The scenic Vale of Rheidol road leads to the famous Devil's Bridge, 12 miles (19.3km) east of Aberystwyth. At this spot two rivers, the Rheidol and the Mynach, meet. The resulting series of waterfalls are over 300 ft. (91.5m.) high. Located in a wooded and rocky gorge, they are not easily accessible. Three bridges, built one on top of the other, cross the gully.

Ceredigion coast near Ynysglas by Barbara Ballard Ceredigion's coast is 50 miles (80.5km) long-much of it designated Heritage Coast. Towns, ports and small villages are strung along the bays, reflecting a seafaring and smuggling past. Beaches, boat trips and marine life provide entertainment. Many of the smaller villages are isolated at the bottom of narrow dead-end roads leading down steep clifftops. They are well worth a visit for those who don't mind the drive.

Cardigan High St courtesy Chris Downer Geograph Britain and Ireland Easily accessible towns are also part of the picture. Cardigan is a very busy market town, serving a large agricultural community. Its long main street is lined with shops and hotels.

Cardigan Guildhall courtesy Chris Downer Geograph Britain and Ireland The town has 900 years of recorded history and boasts that it is the site of the first National Eisteddfod, held in 1176. It was once the second most important port in Wales.

Aberaeron harbour by Barbara Ballard Aberaeron is as picturesque a town as you could hope for. Its multi-hued terraced houses and shops are spread over several areas: across from a tree-lined, cobbled parking lot, on opposite sides of a wide green, and overlooking the water. Look for builders' trademarks, still in the keystones of many of the homes. St David was born near the town.

View over Aberystwyth by Barbara Ballard National Library of Wales courtesy Visit Britain Further north, Aberystwyth, a large bustling town, is host to the National Library of Wales and the University of Wales. The Library is a rich repository-over 5 million books-for the literature and culture of the country and houses both permanent and temporary exhibitions. One of the masterpieces of medieval literature, the Mabinogion, a collection of Celtic myths, is here. The library's hilltop location provides a view over the town and waterfront.

Strata Florida abbey ruins by Barbara Ballard Strata Florida abbey arch by Barbara Ballard Strata Florida Abbey, located in a quiet and remote valley, was once the most important abbey in Wales. Its picturesque arch designates the burial place of several Welsh princes.

St Dogamel abbey ruins by Barbara Ballard St Dogamelís Abbey is another historic abbey worth a visit. Founded c1115, it became an abbey in 1120 and followed St Benedictís way of life. The church has parts surviving from the 12th century, but 13th and 14th century ruins are also in evidence. The north transept is Tudor.

If you like riding the rails on steam be sure to take the Vale of Rheidol Railway trip. The carriages are vintage and they go from Aberystwyth to Devilís Bridge, taking in spectacular scenery along the way. (one hour in each direction with an hour allowed at Devilís Bridge)

Llanerchaeron Welsh Gentry House by Barbara Ballard Llanerchaeron walled garden  by Barbara Ballard The Llanerchaeron Welsh Gentry House and Estate is an interesting peek into the lives of ten generations of one family. Thereís the house with its interesting collections to explore as well as a walled garden, grounds, a church, and a lake. It makes for an interesting day out.

Ceredigion Attractions

For opening times and full details of attractions see the Attractions section of our website.

Aberystwyth Castle
Aberystwyth; on the A44

Cae Hir Gardens
Cribyn, near Lampeter; off the B4337
Tel. 0570 470 839

Caer Penrhos (Llanrhystyd) ringwork
In countryside near Penrhos, on the B4337

Cardigan Castle
Cardigan, on the A487

Cardigan Visitor Centre Museum
Teifi Wharf, at Cardigan on the A487
Tel. 0 1239 614 404

Castell Gwallter Castle
One half-mile west of Llandre, on B4353

Catherine Lewis Gallery and Print Room
Hugh Owen Library, Penglais Campus
University of Wales, Aberystwyth; on the A487
Tel. 0 1970 622 399

Ceramic Gallery
Arts Centre, University of Wales Aberystwyth; on the A487
Web: Ceramic Gallery

Ceredigion Museum
Terrace Road, Aberystwyth
On the A487/A44; next to Tourist Info Centre
Tel. 0 1970 633 088

Cors Caron National Nature Reserve
North of Tregaron, between Lampeter and Aberystwyth Ceredigion
Car park on the B4343
Tel. NA

Hafod Estate and Church
Pont-rhyd-y-groes, 15 miles south-east of Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
Tel. 0 1974 282 568
Web: Hafod Estate

Llanerchaeron Welsh Gentry House and Estate
Ciliau Aeron, Llanerchaeron
2.5 miles southeast of Aberaeron, on the A482
Tel. 0 1545 570 200

Llanfihangel Church
Landre (Llanfihangel); 5 miles north of Aberystwyth

Llanllyr Garden
Talsarn, Lampeter; on the B4337
Tel. 0 1570 470 900

Llywernog Silver-Lead Mine Museum
Ponterwyd; on the A44
Tel. 0 1970 890 620

Nanteos Landscaped Park
Rhydyfelin, Aberystwyth; on the A487
Tel. 0 1970 615 403

National Library of Wales
Aberystwyth, on the A487
Tel. 0 1970 632 800
Web: National Library of Wales

Pant-yr-Holiad Woodland Garden
Rhydlewis, Llandysul
Tel. 023 975 493

Plas Llidiardau Garden
Llanilar, Aberystwyth; on the B4575
Tel. 0 1974 241 434

St David Church
Llanddewi Brefi near Tregaron, on the B4343

St Dogmaelís Abbey
St Dogmael village (Llandudoch in Welsh)
On the A487 near Cardigan
Tel. 0 1239 615 389
Web: Coach House Visitor Centre

St Non's Church
Llanerchaeron, off the A482

St Padarn Church
Aberystwyth on the A44/487

Strata Florida Abbey
Located off the B4343
14 miles (22.5km) southeast of Aberystwyth

Vale of Rheidol Railway
Park Ave, Aberystwyth
Tel. 0 1970 625 819
Web: Vale of Rheidol Railway

Walled Garden at Pigeonsford
Llangranog, on the B4334
Off the A487
Tel. 0 1239 654 360

Winllan Wildlife Garden
Talsarn; 8 miles north of Lampeter, on the B4342
Tel. 0570 470 612

Ystrad Meurig Castle
Ystrad Meurig village, on B4340

Photos of Cardigan by Chris Downer, courtesy Geograph Britain and Ireland
Photo of National Library of Wales courtesy Vist Wales
Other photos © by Barbara Ballard

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