Cardigan Castle

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The town of Cardigan sits on the border between Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire and provides a perfect base from which to explore what each county has to offer. The garment that shares its appellation with the town is actually named after the 7th Earl of Cardigan, James Brudenell, and the battle of Balaclava.

Cardigan Castle was built by the Normans in the 12th century and in 1176 hosted the first ever Eisteddfod. Despite being an important medieval township Cardigan attained true significance when it developed as the biggest port in Wales during the British Empire. The mercantile history of the town is well recorded by the Cardigan heritage centre, and a respect for tradition is illustrated by the weekly market that has been held in the town centre since the 12th century as well as the famous, and somewhat idiosyncratic, Barley Saturday festivities.

As well as offering visitors a rich history, Cardigan is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in Wales. Both the Welsh Wildlife Centre and the Teifi Marshes National Nature Reserve are easily accessible, whilst there are a plethora of walking trails to choose from.

In keeping with a commitment to the arts that stretches back 8 centuries; the town has a strong arts and crafts movement and can boast both the Corn Exchange Gallery and the Theatr Maldwyn.

Another attraction is the National Shrine of the Catholic Church in Wales, ‘Our Lady of the Taper’, to which thousands of pilgrims flock every year.





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