It’s taken 12 years and £12 million, but visitors to west Wales will be able to explore Cardigan Castle for the first time in its 900 year history when it opens to the public on 15 April.
Not your typical medieval fortress, Cardigan Castle spans the ages, with everything from glorious Regency gardens, classic Georgian architecture and imposing medieval defences sitting alongside a brand new restaurant and luxury accommodation.
Visitors to the site can take a tour round the splendid Georgian mansion, where they can learn all about the history of the Castle, the people who lived here, and find out how it became the birthplace of Wales’ biggest cultural festival, the Eisteddfod.
Set in two acres of grounds, the mansion’s Regency gardens have also been fully restored, along with their winding pathways, colourful blooms and even the 19th century whalebone arch.
Afterwards, guests will be able to take a break in 1176, the brand new restaurant with floor-to-ceiling glass windows giving you panoramic views over the River Teifi. They’ll be able to dine on signature dishes with seasonal vegetables grown straight from the Castle’s own working kitchen garden. In the warmer months, diners can go alfresco on the sun terrace.
For those who want to stay the night, there are a range of options to choose from, from the beautiful apartments in the east wing of the Georgian buildings to the luxury B&B Ty Castell. For guests who’d prefer their own space, self-catering accommodation is available in the gorgeous gardener’s cottage and the couch house. All have been renovated to the highest standard, blending traditional Welsh features with contemporary style to make for a truly sumptuous stay.
Overlooking the quaint market town of Cardigan and the River Teifi, Cardigan Castle makes the perfect base for exploring Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. It’s just a stone’s throw from the famous Preseli hills, where lucky climbers can see Snowdonia or even Ireland on clear days. For beach-lovers, Wales’s award-winning coastline offers plenty of opportunities to relax.
For more information, visit the Castle’s new website, find Cardigan Castle on Facebook or follow updates via Twitter.