Cilgerran is on the northern border of Pembrokeshire between St Dogmaels and Cenarth. The village is linear in nature and stretches along the south bank of The Teifi River.
What's in Cilgerran?
Heritage Canoes are based inside the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve providing canoeing through the Teifi river gorge far beneath Cilgerran Castle.
Cycling is also popular with the Cardi Bach traffic free cycle trail, a 5 ½ mile (out and back) route that winds itself through the reserve, past marshes and bird watching hides into Cardigan.
The longer 17½ mile ‘Meeting of the Waters’ circular cycle trail starts in Cardigan, travels along the Cardi Bach, and takes in Cilgerran, Llechryd, Aberych and New Chapel.
Cilgerran Castle is a small castle that is roughly triangular in shape. It was built in a commanding position, perched on a craggy promontory, high above The River Teifi.
In the Tudor period, the Vaughan family were granted the castle by Henry VII, and they continued to occupy it until the early 17th century. The artist Turner pained and sketched the ruined castle several times.
The Welsh Wildlife Centre is a futuristic glass and timber building on the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve. This wetland reserve is home to a stunning range of wildlife; otters play in the river; overwintering birds take shelter on the ponds and during the spring the woodlands are carpeted with bluebells.
Other attractions in the village include annual coracle races. This event started in 1950, attracts competitors from all over the world.
The churchyard of St Llawddog contains a megalithic standing stone or Ogham stone upon which The Irish Ogham script can still be seen.
Food & drink
Inside the Wildlife Centre you will find the Glasshouse Cafe with a delightful menu created from locally sourced foods. In the village, there are three pubs: Mason’s Arms, Pendre Inn and The Cardiff Arms.
The nearest hotels are in nearby Llechryd or Cardigan. B&Bs and guesthouses aren’t plentiful either but there are a few about. There is a holiday park at Cenarth who have self-catering static caravans to rent as well as room for tents and touring caravans. There are numerous self-catering cottages throughout this part of Pembrokeshire. Search for accommodation.
Getting to Cilgerran
Did you know...
The village grew after the building of the castle around 1100. In the 18th century, slate quarries were established around Cilgerran producing roof slates.