Monday, 4 June 2012

Cardigan




This attractive and picturesque Welsh market town on the Pembrokeshire Peninsula lends its name to Cardigan Bay and has been designated an Area of Conservation due to the local wildlife of bottlenose dolphins, porpoises and grey seals which can be seen close to the shore.

Cardigan Castle was built by the Normans and visitors can still see the keep and the castle towers which are unfortunately in a ruined state. The castle is not open to the public and until recently remained private property. Visitors travelling around the outer limits of the castle grounds will notice a Georgian Manor located within the grounds. Thankfully, due to a well organised campaign, the castle is now in public hands and awaits restoration.

Cardigan is close to the border of the Pembrokeshire National Park and attractions include an abbey, a working watermill and the Welsh Wildlife Centre at Cilgerran. Cardigan Bay stretches for 40 miles along some of the most sparsely populated areas in Britain. This coastline of outstanding natural beauty with its cliffs and coves, is home to a wide variety of wildlife and birds.

The town of Cardigan with its narrow streets and traditional shops with Welsh crafts and foods, the Georgian and Victorian buildings with their own unique character, make this an ideal place to visit and spend a few hours or more.

For photographs of Cardigan click here


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