A wealth of activities on the doorstep
The natural beauty of this part of Wales is perhaps the most compelling reason to come here. Set picturesquely overlooking two sandy beaches, the resort village of Aberporth is one of West Wales' most favoured holiday locations. The cliff-top walks along the Ceredigion Heritage Coast in the Aberporth area offer an exhilarating experience. The Penrallt is an ideal base from which to explore southern Ceredigion and northern Pembrokeshire. The Pembrokeshire Coast national Park begins just south of the river Teifi, with the Ceredigion Heritage Coast to the north and, inland, the lush green pastures of the Teifi valley - home of the Welsh Woollen mills.
We have listed a selection of the castles, museums, theme parks and exciting family days out that can be enjoyed all within a short distance from The Penrallt.
Appreciating the Scenery
The volunteer run Gwili Steam Railway, is the only steam standard gauge railway operating in South West Wales. The first train ran at Easter 1978 using one coach pulled by a Peckett 0-4-0 called Merlin, Since then it has developed into one of the principle tourist attractions in Carmarthenshire. The Gwili Railway is a living reminder of a Great Western Railway branch line set in the breathtaking Carmarthenshire hills. The trip down memory lane starts at Bronwydd Arms Station, and the steam train follows the route, originally taken by the Carmarthen to Aberystwyth line to a delightful halt at Danycoed
Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen, Wales
+44 01267 238213
St Davids is a beautiful and unique city surrounded by some of the finest coastline in Europe. It’s a favourite location of artists, travellers and pilgrims. The city of St Davids is situated on the far south west coast of Wales. Granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II because of the presence of the cathedral, St Davids is in reality a small attractive village. Situated within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park St Davids is surrounded by spectacular coastal scenery renowned for its beauty and abundance of wildlife. Whitesands Bay, one of the many beautiful beaches in the area, carries the prestigious European Blue Flag Award.
St Davids Cathedral has been the dominant presence since the 12th century and was a popular pilgrimage destination throughout the middle ages and indeed remains so to this day attracting thousands of visitors every year. Adjacent to the cathedral stand the magnificent ruins of the medieval Bishops Palace.
The Teifi Valley Railway is situated between Cardigan on the West Wales Coast and Carmarthen in the beautiful Teifi Valley. You will find the narrow gauge Teifi Valley Railway. The Teifi Valley Railway was created from a branch line of the Great Western Railway, which served the West Wales rural area. Come and join us as we take a 2 mile journey which offers the visitor a splendid view of the beautiful Teifi Valley and a nostalgic reminder of the history of steam. As you journey through the lovely countryside, you will notice unspoilt woodland on either side of the tracks, pass ancient stone workings, over a long forgotten drovers trail and along the banks of the River Teifi to Llandyfriog and the end of the line. Disembark from the train and watch the train crew as they uncouple the engine and move it to the front of the train for your return journey. Don't forget to get back on board before the guard gives the right of way whistle and the train leaves without you. On your return journey there is a short 15 - 20 minute stop at Pontprenshitw where you can disembark for the short walk to the Gorge, Waterfalls and the Celtic leet.
+44 01559 371077
The Vale of Rheidol Railway is one of the Great Little Trains of Wales, and was the last steam railway owned by British Rail until it was privatised in 1989. Opened in 1902, it was originally built to serve the lead mines in the Rheidol Valley. Passengers and timber also formed the mainstay of traffic on the 1ft 11in gauge route which passes through some of the most rugged terrain of any railway in the United Kingdom. Despite the narrow gauge of the rails, the locomotives and carriages - built at the Great Western Railway's Swindon Works - are as wide as their standard gauge equivalents. The line today, The VoR Railway, runs for 11 miles from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge. The terminus is adjacent to the national network station at Aberystwyth, and on the hour-long journey passengers have spectacular views of the wooded Rheidol Valley - views unseen for decades until the VoRR began its renovation programme ten years ago. This programme continues today, and will see more views opened up for VoRR passengers, and improved facilities at both terminal stations. At Devil's bridge, there are walks to Mynach Falls, Devil's Punchbowl and Jacob's Ladder. All trains normally wait 1 hour at Devils Bridge before returning, and although you can catch a later train if you need more time for sightseeing, make sure you do not miss the last train of the day. If in doubt, confirm last times with the guard.
Park Avenue, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales
+44 01970 625819
Arts and Entertainment
Theatr Mwldan is a vibrant arts and entertainment complex, situated in the centre of Cardigan, an old market town on the beautiful coast of west Wales. Originally established in 1983, Theatr Mwldan began life as a community project to convert Cardigans disused abattoir into a theatre. Now a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity, Theatr Mwldan is a highly successful community enterprise, a company owned and managed by the community that it serves. Theatr Mwldan presents a year-round multi-artform programme of professional and community live performance, participatory activity, plus one of best film programmes in Wales, including both mainstream and specialist film releases. A major £7 million development project was completed in June 2004, delivering a vast improvement in the range of facilities available. The theatre’s level of activity increased enormously to more than 80,000 admissions per year, and its customers now enjoy the highest quality experience.
Bath House Road , Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales
+44 01239 621200
Castles, Palaces, Estates and Gardens
Gerddi Cae Hir Gardens are situated just a few miles from the beautiful Cardiganshire Coast and sit comfortably in the gentle surrounding countryside. The gardens are the work of just one man who arrived in Wales in the summer of 1983 with a dream...to create a garden that all could enjoy. This man is Wil Akkermans who left his native Holland with his wife and three young children to pursue that dream. In Holland Wil was a teacher of French, but horticulture is in his blood, with a family tradition of nursery keeping stretching back through the ages for over 200 years. So in September 1983 the family moved into Cae Hir and The Dream began.
Cribyn, Lampeter, Ceredigion, Wales
+44 01570 470839
The magnificent Carew Castle has a history spanning 2000 years. Set in a stunning location, overlooking a 23 acre millpond, the castle displays the development from a Norman fortification to an Elizabethan country house. The site incorporates an impressive 11th century Celtic Cross, the only restored Tidal Mill in Wales, a medieval bridge and a picnic area all linked by a delightful mile round walk.
Carew, Nr Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales
+44 01646 651782
Cilgerran's towers appear amongst woods on the rim of a steep gorge. The timeworn, beautifully located castle has a romantic air – it is somehow fitting that Cilgerran is forever associated with the abduction in 1109 of Nest, the Welsh 'Helen of Troy', by a besotted Owain, son of the prince of Powys, an act which set all Wales aflame.
+44 01239 621339
This is an 18th-century landscaped park, enclosing a medieval deer park home to more than 100 fallow deer and a small herd of White Park Cattle. Enjoy one of the number of scenic walks including a wooded boardwalk then view the impressive 17th-century house with showrooms and exhibition rooms.
Llandeilo, Sir Gaefyrddin, Carmarthenshire, Wales
+44 01558 823902
Hafod Uchtryd. 12 miles south-east of Aberystwyth, is recognised as one of the finest examples in Europe of a Picturesque landscape. Its most celebrated owner, Thomas Johnes (1748-1816), built a new house in this remote location and laid out its grounds in a manner suited to displaying its natural beauties in sympathy with the Picturesque principles fashionable at the time, with circuit walks allowing the visitor to enjoy a succession of views and experiences. Johnes also used the land for farming, forestry, and gardening, in each case trying out new ideas and experimental methods. Hafod became an essential destination for the early tourist in Wales. Today the Hafod estate occupies some 200 hectares of the Ystwyth valley and surrounding hills. Most is owned by the Forestry Commission who, in partnership with the Hafod Trust, is managing a conservation and restoration project with public and private funding.
Hafod, Pontrhydygroes, Ceredigion, Wales
+44 01974 282568
18th-century Welsh gentry estate. Llanerchaeron is a small 18th-century Welsh gentry estate, set in the beautiful Dyffryn Aeron. The estate survived virtually unaltered into the 20th century and was bequeathed to the National Trust by J. P. Ponsonby Lewes in 1989. The house was designed and built by John Nash in 1794 and is the most complete example of his early work. Llanerchaeron was a self-sufficient estate evident in the dairy, laundry, brewery and salting house of the service courtyard, as well as the Home Farm buildings from the stables to the threshing barns. Llanerchaeron today is a working organic farm and the two restored walled gardens also produce home-grown fruit and herbs.
Ciliau Aeron, Aberaeron, Ceredigion, Wales
+44 01545 570200
Late 18th century villa by John Nash (1794), extensive range of 19th century farm and horticultural buildings, frame yard, rick yard, barns, kennels. Two walled gardens, greenhouses, parkland and lake. Llanerchaeron is just off the A482 about 2 miles outside Aberaeron, Parking is available near the National Trust Property.
Aberaeron, Ceredigion, Wales
+44 01545 570200
Welcome to the National Botanic Garden of Wales, the first national botanic garden to be created in the new millennium. This year is our seventh birthday. In such a short time, we have developed into one of the most fascinating gardens in the UK. Already we have the most visited garden in Wales, we were voted number 1 wonder of Wales by the Western Mail and are helping to conserve some of the rarest plants in the world.
Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, Wales
+44 01558 668768
Why did Jasper Tudor fell with the future King Henry VII from Pembroke Castle during the Wars of the Roses? Just one of the questions you can answer with a visit to Pembroke Castle, one of the largest in Wales and once the seat of a succession of major barons who played leading roles in shaping Britain’s history.
Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales
+44 01646 684585
Picton Castle has been the historic home of the Philipps' family who are direct descendents of Sir John Wogan who built the Castle over 850 years ago. The 40 acres of gardens are open to the public. Part of the Royal Horticultural Society Regional Garden Scheme they are home to a feast of Rhododendrons, Embothrium and Eucryphia. The Woodland Gardens burst with colour during the spring with blankets of wild flowers blended with beautiful shrubs from all corners of the world. In the summer the restored walled garden with its enchanting fountain and fernery is a haven of tranquillity. The art gallery is host to a variety of artist exhibitions and the events schedule is a popular feature of the Picton Castle calendar with garden lectures, open air theatre and family days being just some of the fun events on offer. The Courtyard is the hub of activity with Maria's Mediterranean restaurant serving delicious home cooked food, after which a visit to the Castle gift shop and the children's art room is a must.
Picton Castle, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales
+44 01437 751326
This imposing palace lies within the defended perimeter of the St Davids Cathedral precincts. The surviving buildings date chiefly from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, particularly the work of Bishop Thomas Bek (1280-93) and Bishop Henry de Gower (1328-47). It is de Gower's celebrated arcaded parapet which is one of the glories of the site. Even in ruin, the palace displays magnificent architectural splendour and is testimony to the efforts of a succession of 'builder-bishops' who held the see in the later 13th and 14th centuries, before the Reformation ushered in an era of decay and destruction in the 16th and 17th centuries.
St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales
+44 0870 042 4593
Family Days Out
Join us as we survey and photo Identify the Bottlenose Dolphins of Cardigan Bay. Enjoy the Seals, Birds, Dolphins and Porpoise that visit this beautiful Coastline. The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre in New Quay, West Wales is a public information, education and research centre dedicated to raising awareness of the marine environment. The centre offers interpretive displays on a wide variety of marine wildlife with research focused on the bottlenose dolphins of Cardigan Bay, Wales. The Boat Trips The "Sulaire" is a 33ft modern charter vessel, equipped with the latest electronic and safety equipment. The boat is fully insured and licensed with a capacity to carry 12 passengers. The Sulaire is used as the Marine Wildlife Centres research vessel and leads all the survey based trips from New Quay harbour here in Wales. Dolphins are present all year round, with the most sightings from May - September, you can check the sightings page on the website for the latest updates. Sightings cannot be guaranteed as dolphins are wild animals, however dolphins are sited on a very large percentage of the boat trips.
Glanmor Terrace, New Quay, Ceredigion, Wales
+44 01545 560032
In the heart of West Wales, is a small family enterprise - Caws Cenarth Cheese. Here, where Welsh speaking Gwynfor and Thelma Adams have been farming for over 42 years, the cheesemaking business was established in April 1987 as a response to the E.C milk quotas which had threatened the viability of the family farm. Thelma and Gwynfor's initiative is acknowledged to have instigated and led the revival of Welsh Farmhouse Caerffili and Caws Cenarth is now the oldest established producer of Welsh Farmhouse Caerffili. We extend a cordial welcome to visit us to watch the cheesemaking free of charge from our special Visitor Centre. We will even offer you free samples of all our award winning cheeses. We are open all year but it is essential to check beforehand for, as much as we love our life on the farm, we do have to be away occasionally.
Glyneithinog Farm, Abercych, Nr Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire, Wales
+44 01239 710432
A chance to stroll through a vineyard in our home climate is rare, and to be able to do it surrounded by the beauty of the Pembrokeshire National Park makes Cwm Deri a unique attraction. Cwm Deri Estate is a working smallholding, which first opened to the public in 1992 and the vineyard is now one of Wales' foremost visitor attractions. For the very best of Pembrokeshire produce, whether it's wine, liqueurs, alcohol-free wines, preserves, cheese, cakes or ice cream, Cwm Deri has something to appeal to all the family, whatever their age.
Martletwy, Pembrokeshire, Wales
+44 01834 891274
Dolaucothi is the only known Roman gold mine in the UK, and the only chance you have of seeing the lost gold mining heritage of Wales. The mine is set within a beautiful upland estate, where the rare red kite still thrives. So, whether you would like to wear a miner’s lamp and join one of the tours led by one of our friendly guides or have a go at experiencing the frustrations of panning for real Welsh gold and anything you find is yours to keep – we look forward to seeing you soon.
Pumsaint, Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire, Wales
+44 01558 650177
John and Dorothy Devereux have a passion for rainforests and butterflies. They have created an idyllic rainforest on the west coast of Wales, which has been awarded 'A Star Attraction' by the Welsh Tourist Board. The tropical house has ponds that are fed by waterfalls and a stream to provide the humidity required for the rainforest conditions. You will see Butterflies from all over the world including South America, South East Asia, China and Japan. The butterflies are more active on sunny days than on dull, overcast days. Felinwynt Rainforest and Butterfly Centre is 6 miles from Cardigan and 4 miles from Aberporth on the Aberporth to Mwnt and Ferwig road. We are 2 miles from Blaenannerch on the A487 follow the brown signs to Rainforest Centre.
Felinwynt, Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales
+44 01239 810250
A working museum covering the history of the internal combustion engine in industry and agriculture. Engines running daily from 10:30 until 5:00 Easter to end of October. Collection includes 20 ton Tangye and one of the oldest working Diesel engines in the world.
Castell Pridd, Tanygroes, Ceredigion, Wales
+44 01239 811212
Llywernog is an authentic 18th century silver mine. A visit to Llywernog offers a fascinating insight into life nearly 200 years ago, when the mine employed over 60 people. Today, Llywernog is a fascinating and educational family adventure, and continues to be developed as a major all-weather attraction. FRIENDLY and knowledgeable guides, who are always on hand to answer your questions and identify your geological finds, make Llywernog an ideal venue for schools and group visits. IT'S COOL in the mine even on the hottest day so warm clothing and stout footwear is a good idea! The 'Miners Trail' is a self-guide footpath around the old workings of the mine site. It is an award-winning Mining Heritage Trail with colourful exhibitions and the best collection of Silver-lead mining curiosities in Wales. Both educational and fun! Access is easy underground. With only 8 steps in the whole tour it is suitable for young and old alike (under 5's - at the Mine Manager's discretion). Friendly, informative Guides are always on hand to help with questions and to identify your special geological finds. Llywernog Mine is a good starting point for exploring the many tracks and footpaths that criss-cross the old silver-lead mining district to the west of Plynlimon. Many of these are being upgraded and way-marked as part of the 'Mining Landscapes Project' to raise awareness of this fascinating mining story. Mountain bikes will soon be available for hire at the mine.
Ponterwyd, Aberaeron, Ceredigion, Wales
+44 01545 570823
At the National Showcaves Centre for Wales there are attractions for all the family, ranging from history in action to calm refreshment. And there are so many things for children to enjoy! As well as the Showcaves, there is the Dinosaur Park, Shire Horse Centre and not forgetting our superb adventure playground and Jurassic Karting track – offering even more fun – all under cover.
Abercrave, Swansea, Wales
+44 01639 730801
Gerald & Mariana Cooper established their hives at New Quay, West Wales in 1985, and soon discovered that their hobby was producing the best honey they had ever tasted. A passion for the highest quality standards and a desire to share this natural taste with a wider public led to the establishment of the now famous New Quay Honey Farm. The farm is open to visitors and has a shop, tea room and live bee exhibition, and travellers from all over the worlds have witnessed one of nature's most fascinating processes and sampled at first hand a wonderful range of natural hive products. Now the largest in Wales, New Quay Honey Farm attracts over 35,000 visitors a year, and in 1999 a meadery was added to produce some delicious honey wines which have quickly found favour with the most discerning palates. New Quay Honey Farm has two guiding principles; Quality, not cost, comes first, and secondly, every product should have a great taste.
Cross Inn, New Quay, Ceredigion, Wales
+44 01545 560822
Enjoy a big value day of non-stop fun and thrills at the Oakwood Theme Park. For those of you who can handle speed, prepare for the ride of your life. It’s fast, it’s fund, it’s thrilling and it’ll have you screaming for more! There’s entrance discounts to be had if you book in advance too. Please check the website our website for details.
Canaston Bridge, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, SA67 8DE
+44 01834 891376
For a unique holiday experience, make a visit to the Pembrokeshire Candle Centre, the only place in Wales where you can see hand-dipped candles made just as they were centuries ago. Your visit will also give you a chance to discover one of Pembrokeshire’s most beautiful secret valleys. The hamlet of Cilgwyn lies in a sheltered hollow at the entrance to Cwm Gwaun and beneath the rocky peak of Carn Ingli – right at the heart of Bluestone Country.
Trefelin, Cilgwyn, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Wales
+44 01239 820470
Situated on the edge of the Mid Wales town, Aberystwyth Golf Course is framed by the picturesque views of the town centre, the coastline of Cardigan bay, and the Welsh countryside. Founded in 1911, the course was designed by six times Open champion Harry Vardon. This spectacular meadowland course is 6119 yards in length, with a par of 70. The fairways and greens are always in excellent condition and are a test for golfers of all abilities. Visitors are always welcome.
Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales
+44 01970 615104
The club celebrated its centenary in 1995 and, from modest beginnings, has evolved into a fine championship course. A testament to its current standing is that it has hosted recent Welsh Golfing Union championships as well as international matches. Cardigan Golf Club prides itself on welcoming visiting golfers and societies every day of the week by prior arrangement.
Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales
+44 01239 621775
On The Water
Dolphins, seals and a variety of bird life, together with a stunningly beautiful coastline and spectacular sea caves all add together to make Cardigan Bay truly "A Bay to Remember". Our fully guided marine tours offer a safe and exhilarating experience suitable for all ages, using a modern purpose built vessel. 1-1 ˝ hour trips exploring Cardigan Island, Mwnt, Cemaes Head and Ceibwr Bay are a firm family favourite and are available all year round, with offshore trips exploring deeper waters in search of other dolphin species, whales and gannets also available during the summer months.
Saffron, Parcllyn, Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales
+44 01239 810482
Ramsey Island Cruises has a range of trips to suit your interests, each different and enjoyable. Thrilling and fast or leisurely the choice is yours. So join us and enjoy a trip around Ramsey Island
New Street, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales
+44 01437 821423
Join us on one of our Wildlife Adventure Boat Trips to experience the beautiful scenery and wildlife of this unspoilt island wilderness. Caves, bays, gorges, swirling currents and white water, magnificent high cliffs with hundreds of nesting seabirds, Atlantic Grey Seals Harbour Porpoise, Whales and Dolphins. All trips depart from St. Justinians Lifeboat Station just outside St. David's
Cross Square , St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales
+44 01437 721721