image for Nature Reserve item typeTeifi Marshes at Welsh Wildlife Centre

Welsh Wildlife Centre

Welsh Wildlife Centre

  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Nature Reserve, free entry




01239 621600


Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales,
SA43 2TB


The huge Teifi Marshes reserve at Cilgerran extends over some 100 hectares.

The great thing about Teifi is the sheer range of flora and fauna, from Water Buffalo and waders to wetland plants and woodland birds.

The reserve is located on the floor of a pre-glacial channel which was left by the original course of the River Teifi.

This channel is now occupied by the River Piliau, which meanders through the marshes in a deep, narrow cut.

There are a wide range of habitats, hence the diversity of wildlife, from pasture and wooded hedgerows to freshwater marsh and reedbeds to tidal mudbanks.

Teifi is also home to a surprising creature - the Water Buffalo.

The animal is doing its bit for wetland conservation, simply be grazing the marshes in a way that prevents the habitat becoming overgrown.

Asian Water Buffalo are great grazers - their horns help to break up unwanted scrub with the result that they keep the marshland as fen and swamp.

These animals are happy to graze on everything, even in watery areas which require them to submerge themselves below the water.

By contrast, cows and sheep are picky eaters who avoid the wetter areas so the Water Buffalo have proved to be the ideal solution to maintaining the wetland's eco-system.

Wetlands are increasingly being lost to development and land drainage so the Water Buffalo are helping to keep one of our most threatened habitats in top condition.

The Teifi reserve is also home to a large number of birds such as Sedge Warblers, Reed Warblers, Cetti's Warblers, Kingfishers, Marsh Harriers and even Red Kites.

There's even the chance of spotting an Otter, although these elusive creatures are most likely to appear early morning or evening.

If you can't see one on the reserve, you might stand a better chance of catching this creature on CCTV courtesy of a micro-camera link-up to a holt.

Another shy creature which tend to come out at dusk is the Badger which can sometimes be glimpsed at Teifi.

The reserve is also alive with insects during the summer months, including 17 different species of Dragonfly.

The stunning Welsh Wildlife Centre stands on the banks of the River Teifi and overlooks the marshes.

The building won an award for architectural design in 1993 when it opened, and still astonishes the visiting public today.

It is built mainly of wood and glass and enjoys panoramic views over the Teifi River, the town of Cardigan and nearby woodland.

Other wildlife to look out for during a trip to the reserve around the centre are Water Voles and Sika Deer.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled access

Two level paths suitable for wheelchairs and bikes.

Open all the time


Free entry

Car park fee £3, free to members of Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales



Plan route to Welsh Wildlife Centre using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SN 187450  Lat: 52.07364 Long: -4.64609

From Cardigan take A487 Tenby Road. In village o Penybryn turn left to Cilgerran, about half a mile at bottom of small hill turn left to Welsh Wildlife Centre. Car park is 1.2 miles up lane (old railway line).
Public transport: bus to Cilgerran from Cardigan and walk up lane above, or on foot from Cardigan along river bank and through reserve. Sustrans route 82.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 27 miles from Carmarthen station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access

Two level paths suitable for wheelchairs and bikes.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu


  • Disabled parking is available by the visitor centre. Access is level into the centre from there and there is a lift in the centre to the middle exhibition floor and to the top floor where the cafe is situated. Toilets are on the ground and first floors with the disabled toilet on the first floor. There is a circular half hour route suitable for wheelchairs from the middle floor, also the first half of the Otter Trail is suitable for wheelchairs.

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