Cardigan

Overview

Introduction

Once a busy seaport, today Cardigan is a quaint market town with a medieval bridge and castle mound from Norman times. Caridigan is 100 mi/160 km northwest of Cardiff.

There are good sandy beaches up and down the coast, and the ruins of the 12th-century abbey in nearby St. Dogmael's are worth seeing if you're in the area. http://www.welshabbey.org.uk.

The parish church adjacent to the ruins houses the Sagranus Stone, written in ogham (an early Irish language) and Latin (the Rosetta stone of Wales, it was used to translate the ancient ogham language).

About 7 mi/11 km along the valley of the lovely River Teifi, you'll come to Cenarth, where there are some modest waterfalls close to the road, and the National Coracle Center, which displays the tiny, shell-like boats that were used for salmon fishing on the river. http://www.coracle-centre.co.uk.

About 10 mi/16 km to the southwest is Castell Henllys, an Iron Age settlement that is both a tourist attraction and ongoing archaeological site.

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