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Hi, we have been to Wales previously & stayed in Pembrokeshire & Barmouth which are stunning & we thoroughly enjoyed it... We are thinking about another week away in July with our 8 year old, my question is what is Cardigan like? can anyone recommend any holiday cottages I'm wondering if we should return to Pembrokeshire but my hubby fancies somewhere different

Any advice greatly appreciated thankyou

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Hi biscuit,


Might help.


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Cardigan is great, you've Poppit Sands beach and Mwnt, Tresaith , Llangrannog, Pen bryn all sandy beaches and all near by. We're slightly biased as we live in St Dogmaels (small village on the estuary 20 minute walk to Cardigan), that has 3 pubs, a great play area for children and a 40 minute walk to Poppit (or a bus every hour).

In Cardigan there are 2 arts centres, Theatr Mwldan shows films every day, plus lots of cafes and good places to eat. there's a skate board park there and a swimming pool and it's only a 45 minute drive to Oakwood / Folly Farm if you do want to go to South Pembrokeshire. From Cardigan try and get on a boat trip with 'A bay to remember' as there are loads of dolphins in Cardigan Bay that swim along with the boat. You can also hire Kayaks and canoes and bikes from Cardigan. The outdoor pizza tipi will be open by the river in Cardigan in July which is a great place to sit in an evening. St Dogmaels Abbey is in the village (free entry) and there is a restored medieval watermill which does small tours (worth visiting at the same time). Cilgerran castle is a great visit and the Welsh Wildlife centre is a 25 minute walk from Cardigan and 45 minute walk from St Dogmaels. There's a couple of hides en route to watch otters and kingfishers, plus a huge willow badger sculpture when you get there and another great children's play area with lots of slides and swings. Really friendly place, you'll have a fab time anywhere you chooses in the area. Lots of cottages, depends on how central you want to be and how much you want to spend and walk.

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How about clydeycottages.co.uk out in the country near Cenarth but 10 miles from Cardigan Bay

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If you can't find what you want in Cardigan then nearby Newport, N.Pembs has a fantastic beach and estuary which is great for exploring + some lovely pubs, shops and restaurants. It is about 20 mins from cardigan and in between you have the church at Nevern and the Pentre Ifan burial chamber (there is a smaller one in Newport itself). Newport is 20 mins from Fishguard and about 50 mins from Whitesands Bay if you want to do some bodyboarding (this is sometimes possible on Newport Sands but surf conditions are usually much better at Whitesands). Nearby (to Newport) Dinas Cross also has a number of rental cottages and a pretty enclosed bay at Pwllgwaelod. I'd say the advantage of Newport is that you can visit all the great places in and around Cardigan as well as the attractions further south around Fishguard and St.Davids, or into the Preseli hills.

I've used this cottage rental agency a number of times and always been very pleased with what they provide.


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Went to cardigan bay for our 2nd anniversary, never again, boring is what it is, nothing to do, town is dead and shops shut at 1 in the afternoon on a Saturday, what few shops there are aren't very good, we are glad we didn't take our kids 12, and 8 they would have been bored stiff, we like a quiet break but there literally is nothing to do, our hotel however was lovely with a beautiful view of the bay but that was it once we stepped out the fun ended.

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Well we managed to find a nice cottage in Cardigan & are all ready to go just hope that the rain holds off it seem's that this summer is a mixed bag... Thankyou all for your recommendations we will be driving so will be able to get around :)

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