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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 a homespun charm that is proud of its heritage, a legacy attested to by the regular cattle markets, horse fairs and antique auctions.
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.
Llandysul, is an small town perched on the banks of the River Teifi that was thriving centre of the textile industry in the 19th century. Today the town is famous for the salmon and sewin (sea trout) that are in abundance in the River Teifi, and also for the Gomerian Press. Gomer is the largest independent publisher in Wales and was founded by John David Lewis in 1892, it is still run by a descendent. Other famous names from Llandysul include the mother of Frank Lloyd Wright, Ann Lloyd Jones, and her brother, the famous Unitarian Preacher, Jenkin Lloyd Jones.
Other Llandysul attractions include the Paddlers Canoe Centre, the Welsh Harp Centre and the annual Llandysul Food Fair.