Lampeter is an old market town that is now famous for housing one of the oldest universities in Britain. The town has remained largely unspoilt since its days as an agricultural centre and retains homespun charm that is proud of its heritage, a legacy attested to by the regular cattle markets, horse fairs and antique auction.
The University of Wales, Trinity St David was founded in 1822 under the auspices of the Anglican clergy. It was designed by Charles Cockerell and its rugby team is the oldest in Wales.
The university provides the town with a dynamic, diverse and vibrant population catered for by a wide and rich selection of bars and restaurants that are celebrated by the annual Lampeter Food Festival. Another popular attraction is the Welsh Quilt Centre that houses an incredible permanent collection and an exciting schedule of new exhibitions.
The famous welsh poet Dylan Thomas lived at Plas Gelli in nearby Talsam during World War II, and the Dylan Thomas trail leads its followers from Lampeter to other beauty spots on the West Coast like New Quay and Aberaeron.
Lampeter's commitment to culture is emphasised by the annual Eisteddfod Pantyfedwen, a celebration of Welsh arts and agriculture.
The nearby village Cellan, 3 miles north-east of Lampeter on the B4343, has recently gained its own library; anyone can borrow a book or exchange one for another. Nothing too unusual in that - except this library is a bit on the small side. Very small in fact as it is housed in a former telephone kiosk!
The Community Council bought the redundant kiosk in the village from BT some four year ago for the grand sum of £1 and it has now been put to good use; the new Cellan Library is open to all.