Cardigan Castle

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Cardigan Castle has been lived in for 900 years and bears the marks of many ages ranging from medieval to Civil War, Georgian to Victorian right up to the present day with the 21st century glass and slate restaurant.

Medieval walls and remains surround a Georgian house and landscaped gardens set in two acres of grounds overlooking the River Teifi.

The Grade II listed gardens are home to more than 130 types of plants. Among them, you will find 15 original species, including a large Turkey oak, a copper beech, snowberry and early varieties of holly.

Most of the landscaping was carried out in the early 1800s when Castle Green House was built on the site for John Bowen, a local barrister. This included the removal of the curtain wall opposite the Strand to form "hanging gardens".

In 1827, further changes were made to the grounds for the Castle’s new owner, the High Sheriff of Cardiganshire, Arthur Jones.

The house was also extended in 1827 with the front range added to the existing structure. A hothouse, glasshouse and fernery were erected soon afterwards.

Plans and views of this period show the villa set in a landscape of lawn, shrubberies and a perimeter walk. Other outbuildings included stables, coach house and a gardener’s cottage, and a walled kitchen garden was laid out behind the main house.

While John Bowen and Arthur Jones have been credited with much of the landscaping around Castle Green House during their ownership of the Castle; the gardens as we know them today were probably also enhanced by additional plantings made by David Davies, a Sheriff of Cardiganshire, who purchased the site in 1832.

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Guide Prices

Admission prices: Adult £6.00, Child (3 - 16) £3.00, Family (2 +2) £15.00.

Events

Friday, 6th September 2024 - Sunday, 8th September 2024

Gwyl Grefft Cymru - Craft Festival Wales - Cardigan Castle Gwyl Grefft Cymru / Craft Festival WalesCraft Festival Wales welcomes people of all ages and offers a programme of exciting craft workshops, demonstrations, and masterclasses by some of the UK’s most prestigious makers.
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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access

Catering

  • On-site catering

Children

  • Children welcome

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for corporate hospitality

Parking

  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From the roundabout south of the town at the junction of the A487 and the A478, take the B4546 to Cardigan and over the river bridge; castle on right, turn left for Quay Street car park.

Accessible by Public Transport: Fishguard & Goodwick station is 20 miles away.

Cardigan Castle & Gardens

Type:Castle

Cardigan Castle & Gardens, Green Street, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1JA

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Opening Times

* Open 7 days a week: 10.00am -4.00pm.

Awards

  • Visit WalesVisit Wales Best Told Story Visit Wales Best Told Story 2019
  • Visit WalesVisit Wales Quality Café Visit Wales Quality Café 2017
  • Visit WalesVisit Wales VAQAS Visit Wales VAQAS 2016

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Cardigan Castle | Meeting RoomCardigan Castle & Gardens | Business Events, CardiganLooking for a unique venue to host your next corporate event? Look no further than Cardigan Castle! With 900 years of history as your backdrop, our modern meeting facilities are sure to inspire.

Cardigan Castle | 1176 Restaurant, Cardigan1176 – a one-of-a-kind dining experience waiting for you at Cardigan Castle. 70-seat restaurant is surrounded by beautiful grounds and 900 years of history.

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