Historical Cardigan has a rich history, a town which grew up around the Norman castle built in the late 11th or early 12th century. The castle was the location of the first National Eisteddfod in 1176 and was an important port throughout the 18th century.
Cardigan Castle has a fascinating history – it has witnessed iconic battles, housed famous figures and is even the birthplace of Wales’ iconic cultural festival, the National Eisteddfod, which first took place in 1176.
In 2011, a £12m restoration project began, and after re-opening in 2015, Cardigan Castle was the Overall Winner of Channel 4’s Restoration of the Year in 2017.
Historical Cardigan Castle was the landmark that gave birth to our rich history, so definitely worth a visit!
Cardigan Guildhall market first opened its doors in 1860. It was the first civic building in Britain in the “modern Gothic” style advocated by John Ruskin, and includes some Arabic influences (as can be seen in the arch decorations). Over the years the market has gone from strength to strength whilst managed by Ceredigion County Council. Since January 2015, an exciting 2 year project began, funded by the Coastal Communities Fund to regenerate the Market to its former glory as the bustling hub of community life.
The Coach House is the visitor centre of the historic St Dogmaels Abbey Pembrokeshire, and the home of the community charity Hanes Llandoch which delivers innovative and dynamic community projects. There are plenty of things to see and do, including the beautiful ruins of St Dogmaels’ mediaeval Tironensian Benedictine abbey, a museum exhibiting carved stones and artefacts from the abbey, a cafe and a weekly local producers market.
An enormous oval castle, mostly surrounded by a serene mill pond. Extensively restored in Victorian times, it’s dominated by the complex gatehouse on the outside and the huge circular keep once you’re inside. The walled town of Pembroke which grew up around the castle also contains many ancient and interesting Norman buildings.
The on-site cafe offers a full range of hot and cold drinks and light refreshments.
Uncover nearly 800 years of history at the magnificent Cilgerran Castle. This striking 13th-century fortress is perched overlooking the spectacular Teifi Gorge, and has inspired many artists, including Turner.
Like what you see? Then it’s time to book your stay at Maenayron and explore the rich Welsh history right on our doorstep!