Things To Do

©A view of the river Teifi taken from St Dogmaels and looking upstream towards Cardigan Town
A view of the river Teifi taken from St Dogmaels and looking upstream towards Cardigan Town

Staying at CoedBryn B and B in Cardigan will give you access to a wide range of activities and attractions, including some fantastic walks around the Preseli Mountains, the stunning river Teifi gorge, Pembrokeshire coast path and the newly opened Ceredigion coast path — a terrific way to view the outstanding natural beauty and wildlife in the area, including seals, otters, and dolphins in and around the spectacular cliffs, coves, bays and reefs of North Pembrokeshire. Local attractions include: golf, horse riding, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, surfing, boat trips, cycling, and walking.

The following things to do are only a small selection as the list is endless.


Also referred to as the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve (and a favourite place of many) the Welsh Wildlife Centre is situated on the magnificent Teifi Marshes nature reserve. The western entrance to the reserve is only 200 mtrs from the Self Catering Holidays West Wales, Coed y Bryn Studio. There is a resident population of one of the only indigenous species of wild otter found in the U/K. In addition, there are resident populations of wild Red, Sika and Fallow deer. A strong badger population also exists on the reserve and surrounding land.

There are four contrasting walks around the reserve with hides where you can view the wildlife more closely. The middle floor of the fantastic visitor centre has a permanent display on the geology and industry of the River Teifi with interactive exhibits and also there are interactive cameras from off the reserve; on the ground floor is our information and retail outlet selling locally produced crafts, maps, and books on wildlife amongst many other items. The popular Glasshouse Cafe is situated on the top floor of the visitor centre and has a mouthwatering menu using locally sourced and organic produce.

Owned by the Forestry Commission, the Bwlch Nant yr Arian centre is set in a stunning lakeside setting overlooking the Melindwr Valley with the Ceredigion coastline in the distance.
The views from the centre are absolutely staggering and on a clear day you can see down to Aberystwyth
The main attraction has to be the Red Kite.
Red Kite Feeding sessions are held across the lake all year round, at 2 pm in the winter and 3 pm in the summer. During the winter months, you can see up to a hundred kites reeling around and even in summer, they number up to 40.
There are also resident pairs of kites in the area so the chances of seeing this once rare bird of prey are very high at any time.
You can also see Buzzards and Ravens here, as well as the occasional Peregrine Falcon or Goshawk
On the lake itself, there are various wildfowl such as Grebe and Coots.

There are three waymarked paths:
A lakeside trail suitable for all ages, for wheechairs and pushchairs.
The Short Circular Walk is 1.5 mls and the Long Circular Walk is 5.5 mls
There are also three mountain bike trails here which are ranked among the best in Britain
plus two bridle paths (5 mls and 23 mls).
In June 2005, an impressive visitor centre was opened overlooking the lake.
There's also a tearoom for refreshments, a small gift shop and two wooden outdoor play areas for children.


Just down the road from Coed y Bryn B and B in Cardigan, the old castle has had a pretty chequered past and now shows the signs of wear and tear. However, there is hope on the horizon. The castle (which is home to the first National Eisteddfod of Wales by the way - 1176) has been bought by the Ceredigion Council and a trust has been set up to administer its renovation and to run it on completion. The picture is very interesting and shows the steel buttresses that had to be installed to prevent the walls falling down in the late '60's. Originally, there were houses located / attached to the outside of the walls but these were demolished to make way for a traffic improvement scheme. As part of the refurbishment scheme to be performed in the next couple of years the buttresses will be removed.

I love this butterfly farm which is located about 6 mls north of Cardigan on one of the back roads to Aberporth . A tropical rainforest has been created in large glasshouses (great on a cold wet day) where fabulous butterflies live. They are fed on bananas and other rotting fruit and vegetation. You really get the feel (and wonderful smell) of the jungle here. There is also a shop and cafe.



Cilgerran, one of Wales most picturesque castles, crowns a wooded gorge in the beautiful Teifi Valley. This tranquil spot was once hotly disputed territory. The castle was protected on two sides by steep drops, and in the 13th century powerful twin round towers and curtain walls were built to defend its vulnerable flank away from the cliff. Cilgerran's history and setting have long stirred the imagination. It has inspired artists for centuries and was one of Waless first tourist attractions.


A Museum and Workshop of Coracles from around the world set in the grounds of a 17th Century Flour Mill beside the beautiful Cenarth falls famed for its Salmon Leaps and 200 year old Bridge over the Teifi River. The Museum, apart from its fine collection of coracles covers the history of coracles and the techniques and tools for building them. Also a section on the implements and methods used for the equally ancient art of poaching. The National Coracle Museum houses an international collection of coracles from as far afield as Vietnam, North America, India, Tibet and Iraq to complement the collection of coracles from around our home islands. The museum also incorporates a work-shop to show the ancient craft of coracle making. Young children can also sit in a coracle and watch a video of how they are made.


New Quay Honey Farm is a working honey farm with nearly 500 hives of bees. The old Chapel houses a bee exhibition with live colonies in trees and hives. See the inner workings of a bee colony. Audio and visual displays. There is also a meadery with an exhibition about the history of mead and how it is made a shop selling honey from their own hives, mead made on the farm (you can taste it) and related products. There is also a tea room serving home made cakes, cream teas and light meals.

Poppit Sands is a stunning stretch of sandy beach backed with sand dunes. The sands are located at the mouth of the Teifi Estuary just a 5 min drive from our Self Catering Holidays West Wales offices in Cardigan. Lifeguards patrol this beach during July and August from 10.00 to 6.00 each day. There are public toilets a cafe and National Trust car park just off the beach.


A superb long stretch of beach with lots of room to play games and sail boats. The beach is backed by a popular golf course with club house. At low tide you can walk across the estuary to Newport Parrog, and the walk around the river bank through a bird sanctuary to the road bridge crossing is always enjoyable, however, visitors should be careful of dangerous currents around the river. Nature has given Newport a spectacular setting of sea, castle and the towering Carn Ingli – at 1100 ft this makes for a wonderful view from the beach. Access to the beach is easy (no steps or cliffs) and is well signposted by minor roads from the A487 to the east of the centre of Newport. There is a large car park above the beach and limited parking on the sand. There are toilets, a lifeguard station with inshore rescue boats, manned in summer months and basic lifesaving equipment above the beach at other times of year.


Only a couple of miles north of our Self Catering Holidays West Wales offices in Cardigan, the outstanding beauty and undeveloped character of Mwnt provides a contrast to the more traditional resorts of Cardigan Bay. Owned by the National Trust, the headland of Mwnt overlooks a secluded sandy beach. Short cliff top walks, a remote sandy beach, a fifteenth century church and a wealth of history combine to make this a beautiful destination for the large number of visitors it attracts during the summer months.



A fascinating place to visit, Castell Henllys (Welsh, "castle of the old court"), is an important archaeological site in north Pembrokeshire, approx. 7mls to the south of Self Catering Holidays West Wales offices in Cardigan.
This Iron Age hillfort has been the subject of an ongoing excavation for more than twenty years, accompanied by an exercise in reconstruction archaeology whereby experiments in prehistoric farming have been practised. Four roundhouses and a granary have been reconstructed on their original Iron Age foundations
During the summer the site acts as a training excavation for young archaeologists.
The site is a popular visitor attraction and is owned by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.


Pentre Ifan is a Bronze-Age megalithic site dating from at least 4000 B.C. It is probably the finest Welsh hilltop megalith (mega-lith = large stones). It is said to have been originally constructed as a burial chamber, but has been denuded of earth over several thousand years.
The magnificent horizontal capstone is still in place and is estimated to weigh 40 tons. The hilltop site overlooks Fishguard Bay and provides a beautiful setting. The belief of the builders was that the interred soul (or souls) was closer to the Spirit World and also closer to the Sun, whose essence was worshipped as the giver of life, warmth and abundance. There is an interesting passage on Pentre Ifan written in 1911 by W.Y. Evans Wentz, author of The Tibetan book of The Dead, in his book The Fairy Faith in Celtic countries:
"The region, the little valley on whose side stands the Pentre Ifan cromlech, the finest in Britain, is believed to have been a favourite place with the ancient Drulds. And in the oak groves (Ty Canol Wood) that still exist there, tradition says there was once a flourishing school for neophytes, and that the cromlech instead of being a place for internments or sacrifices was in those days completely enclosed, forming like other cromlechs a darkened chamber in which novices when initiated were placed for a certain number of days....the interior (of Pentre Ifan) being called the womb or court of Ceridwen. "


Located in the picturesque Cothi Valley in rural Carmarthenshire is one of the Trust's most unusual places to visit, a site of industry dating back almost 2000 years.
Set amid wooded hillsides, the Dolaucothi Gold Mines comprise pits, adits, mine entrances, galleries, spoil heaps, leats, channels, tanks, tracks, building footings, inclines, stopes and shafts covering an area of approximately 2 square kilometres.
Locals have been aware of the historical importance of this industrial landscape since the 18th century, but it was only in the 1930s that Dolaucothi's full age was realised. On the basis of wooden tools discovered during the course of extraction, comparisons started being made with archaeological sites in Spain and Eastern Europe. The mines were judged to be of Roman origin and this was confirmed in the 1960s when a section of a water-lifting wheel was securely dated.
A systematic archaeological survey first took place in the late 1960s. Barri Jones and Peter Lewis, who had previously investigated Roman mines in Northern Spain described by the Pliny, put forward a developmental sequence based on the extensive use of water technology.
Excavation of the nearby fort (also National Trust) established that the military arrived shortly after the conquest in the AD 70s but abandoned the site some 60 years later.
Archaeological investigation continued under the direction of Barry Burnham, who excavated and surveyed parts of the mine, the fort and Roman road between 1987 and 1999. He removed all doubt as to Roman occupation and industry, but found no evidence of gold extraction until mining recommenced in the middle of the 19th century.
The National Trust commissioned a topographical survey to help unravel the secrets of this complex archaeological landscape. Reappraisal by a team of French archaeologists identified strong similarities to ancient French mines - raising the possibility of prehistoric origins.
Water based technologies such as hushing and hydraulicing have long been recognised as a vital components of Roman expertise but the French argued that the latter could not have been used at Dolaucothi except at lower levels where there are secondary deposits.  Reaction to this conclusion is split with several archaeologists and mine historians arguing that the original deposits may have been sufficiently weathered to allow hydraulicing to take place.


Wool was historically the most important and widespread of Wales's industries.
The picturesque village of Dre-fach Felindre in the beautiful Teifi valley was once the centre of a thriving woollen industry, earning the nickname 'The Huddersfield of Wales'.
Shirts and shawls, blankets and bedcovers, woollen stockings and socks were all made here, and sold in the surrounding countryside - and to the rest of the world.
Located in the historic former Cambrian Mills, the National Wool Museum is a special place with a spellbinding story to tell. Re-opened in 2004 following major re-development, this flagship museum is a new and exciting place to visit with something for everyone to enjoy.
Follow the process from Fleece to Fabric and visit the sympathetically restored listed mill buildings. There you can see Historic Machinery and brand new features such as the glass roofed courtyard.
A raised walkway gives a unique view of textiles in production at Melin Teifi, the site's commercial woollen mill, while the Textile Gallery displays aspects of the National Flat Textile Collection for the first time.
Families can have fun following the specially designed trail, 'A Woolly Tale', and create their own guide to making and using woollen cloth, trying their hand at carding, spinning and sewing along the way.
The Museum's friendly staff are always on hand to give demonstrations and answer questions.


Working with the National Museum of Wales and the Countryside Council for Wales, the Garden is collecting the seeds of, and propagating, some of Wales's rarest plants. These include Britain's rarest and most critically-endangered trees. The Great Glasshouse, the Garden's iconic visitor attraction which houses plants from the Earth's Mediterranean climatic regions, doubles up as a refuge for some of the world's rarest plants.

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