a guide to cardigan bay’s history and attractions

An ancient cultural and commercial centre, Cardigan is a busy town that is well known for its markets, local crafts and produce on the Cambrian Coast. A popular place for those looking for a getaway to somewhere a little quieter, that doesn’t leave you stuck for choice on what to do and where to see. Take a look at our guide to Cardigan Bay to find out all you need to know before visiting this magical area when you go glamping in Wales:

cave found whilst glamping in Cardigan


Cardigan is otherwise known as Aberteifi in Welsh, and is a town within the county of Ceredigion (formerly Cardiganshire). Cardigan is the second largest town today within Ceredigion, and is one of the most dynamic and exciting places to visit in the county. The settlement of Cardigan was built between the late 11th and early 12th century, but it wasn’t until the 18th century that the town became of the upmost importance as the main port for South Wales. The products exported included things such as butter, slate, oats and barley. Due to their importance as a port town, they soon became a centre for building ships, making sails, fishing exports and much more, giving prominence to the area. By the end of the 20th century the port had become almost completely unusable due to the sand silt having built up, meaning that larger, heavier vessels were no longer able to pass through. Another reason for the port’s decline is the introduction of the railways nationwide, offering an alternative method of transport that was often cheaper and more viable. Today, the town is still a bustling hub for tourists and locals alike regardless of the port no longer being operational, offering a welcoming and relaxing experience where life can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace.

What to do

In Cardigan there are many things that visitors can do to make the most of their time visiting this beautiful area. Here are just a few of the most popular activities that you could take part in whilst on a glamping break in Cardigan:

Take a boat trip out on Cardigan Bay and you might be lucky enough to spot some majestic dolphins! These trips are usually available on a daily basis from areas in and around Cardigan, weather permitting of course! Seeing the Welsh coastline from the sea will give you a true appreciation of the diverse landscapes and keep you returning year on year.

For those who are a fan of the performance arts, Theatr Mwlden is an opportunity not to be missed. The multi-arts venue offers everything from amateur theatre performances to films on the big screen, their specialisms in live performances mean that each and every show is put on to perfection. Situated right in the centre of Cardigan, Theatr Mwlden is often named the heart of the town, combining a historic setting with modern technology for an unforgettable experience every time. Take your pick from the live performances or latest films, sit back and enjoy!

A visit to Cardigan Castle is a must whilst staying nearby, the medieval walls are steeped in history where you can learn about the local area, and the Grade II listed gardens offer a range of rare plants and flowers to explore. The child-friendly tours mean that this is a trip for all the family! The exhibitions are ever changing throughout the year, with some available on a permanent basis and others more temporary, but all will captivate your imagination and transport you back in time. You could spend days wandering through this astounding building and never bore of the magnificent sights.

Natural beauty

The natural beauty of Cardigan and its surrounding areas is something that simply cannot be ignored, from the abundance of wildlife to the varied landscapes and incredible photography opportunities. There are many wonderful walks that you can embark on, particularly popular are those on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and near the Teifi Valley, offering sights that are quite unlike any other, meaning they are sure to take your breath away!

A trip to Cardigan will help you to submerse yourself into the natural world, getting back into the great outdoors and remembering why you love country and coastal areas so much. What better way to explore the local nature than going glamping in Cardigan? Take your pick of yurts, wagons or safari tents and spend a long weekend in the great outdoors. Glamping offers the perfect mixture of life’s luxuries and the wonders of nature for the ultimate experience in Cardigan for couples and families alike, so why not book your next adventure today?

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