CARDIGAN

Cardigan, home of the national shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in Wales, is an ideal base from which to explore southern Ceredigion and Preseli Pembrokeshire.

Just over the river Teifi, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park with its noted coastal walks begins, whilst to the north are the Ceredigion Heritage Coast walks and, inland, the lush green pastures of the Teifi Valley - home of the Welsh woollen mills. The nearby National Trust headland, beach and historic church at Mwnt are well worth a visit as are Cilgerran castle and St. Dogmaels Abbey.

Cardigan's Theatr Mwldan has a wide programme of top quality drama, light entertainment and dance, as well as a full range of world cinema. The town stages an annual arts festival - Gwyl Fawr Aberteifi.

Cardigan Island Farm Park offers magnificent views over the sound to Cardigan Island and affords opportunities to view several species of animal life at close quarters. The Welsh Wildlife Centre's reserve on the outskirts of Cardigan, has a visitor centre and its network of footpaths takes you to some of the finest scenery in west Wales.

The river Teifi is one of only two rivers in Wales on which the ancient craft the coracle is still used for fishing. The National Coracle Centre in the picturesque village of Cenarth has a display of coracles from all parts of the world.

To the south of Cardigan, on the way to the popular beach at Poppit, is St. Dogmaels with its working water mill near the ruins of the ancient abbey.

Cilgerran Castle, painted by Turner is a must for all visitors. Set in an imposing position, the castle looks down on the Teifi and in a bygone age guarded the once important trading route between inland Ceredigion along the Teifi to Ireland and beyond. Indeed, it was in Ireland that several of the Welsh princes found refuge from invading Saxons and Normans.