Cardigan tourist information & travel guide
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Cardigan tourist guide
Cardigan Bay, the great big sweeping curve of west Wales, is the home of one of only two colonies of Bottlenose dolphins in the UK. These intelligent creatures can often be seen swimming close inshore and there are several companies that operate boating tours from either Aberaeron or Aberystwyth. In addition to the dolphins there is a host of other marine life on offer in Cardigan Bay, notably grey seals and birdlife. There are lots of Bay to rent for a relaxing holiday in this part of Wales.
The county capital of Aberystwyth is a lively university town and holiday resort, and also the terminus of one of the best narrow-gauge steam railways in the country. The Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway chugs at a sedate 12 mph up the valley to the Devil's Bridge and its collection of spectacular waterfalls, which tumble nearly 300ft down into a lovely wooded gorge. The Devil's Bridge is not so much one bridge but a stack of three, with the oldest, and lowest, having been built before 1190, supposedly by the Knights Templar, and there is not so much a sniff of the Holy Grail attached to it. There is another old railway in the town, this time an electric cliff one that pulls you up 450ft to the top of Constitution Hill, and from there you can look out across the bay or north to Snowdonia, or, if you prefer, you can step into the Camera Obscura and peer down at the town below. The sweep of the promenade, with its Georgian fronted houses, offers ample choices of accommodation with numerous guesthouses and bed and breakfasts, whilst inland, nestling in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains, you will find delightful self catering cottages and farm houses near Aberystwyth.
North of Aberystwyth is the town of Machynlleth, which houses the Centre for Alternative Technology, a very worthy establishment in these days of global warming and a mine of information on how to save energy and the environment. The town is also referred to as the ancient capital of Wales, as it was here that Owain Glyndwr is said to have established the country's first parliament. This association with Glyndwr extends to the town being at the western end of the Glyndwr Way, a 132 mile-long path that takes you across the country to the English border where it meets up with Offa's Dyke, and follows in the footsteps of the Welsh hero through some wild and remote country. If you want to rent a self-catering holiday cottage near CAT then there is plenty of choice of idyllic Welsh cottages to rent near Machynlleth.
The town of Cardigan is an old, and lively, Welsh market town and happily combines the old with the new in its ancient heart. One of the more interesting attractions in the town is a Russian cannon, captured at the battle of Balaclava after the Charge of the Light Brigade and donated by the mutton-chopped Earl who was at its head. The castle, in the centre of Cardigan, is undergoing a major programme of restoration, with the intention of being a prominent tourist attraction in a few years time. There is lots of holiday accommodation in Cardigan and plenty of cottages and house to rent near the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Cardigan is at the northern end of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which begins at Poppit Sands, and so is a popular base for walkers with plenty of self-catering accommodation and guesthouses for the thousands who undertake the walk every year.
Inland, and nestling under the Cambrian Mountains, which form the backbone of the country, is the town of Lampeter. This is an attractive market town that is also the home of the oldest University in Wales, and as such has a surprisingly cosmopolitan population with students coming from around the world to study in this charmingly rural atmosphere. With the backdrop of the mountains, Lampeter is a centre for walkers and climbers, and has many charming places to stay in and around the town. If you want to rent a cottage near Lampeter or are looking for lovely Welsh country self-catering near Lampeter then you will be spoilt for choice. There are lovely holiday houses and idyllic country cottages to rent in Cardiganshire, Wales - all perfect for a relaxing Welsh holiday in Ceredigion.