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Cardigan Bay
Description: Coastal region with rich heritage, wildlife and fishing!
Region: Wales
Pronounced: Karr-dig-an bay
Time to spend here: 4 hours - full day
by the seafamiliesNature lovers
Cardigan Bay, Wales
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The Cardigan Bay coastline is one of Britain’s most diverse areas for marine wildlife. It is home to a pod of over 100 bottlenose dolphins as well as porpoises and grey seals. You can enjoy Eco-friendly boat trips out to see the wildlife from New Quay. Picturesque Aberaeron with its stone walled harbour is where you can pick up an award winning honey ice cream while viewing the beautiful brightly coloured house facades which line the streets of the town. Further along the coast, hidden coves and sandy beaches offer an escape from the crowds. You can get great food at the Harbourmaster Restaurant.

Further inland small villages and market towns nestle in the hills and valleys. There are also several nature reserves, home to rare species of flora and fauna. There are plenty of walking trails and a 35 km mountain biking trail in the Cambrian Mountains for the more adventurous!

Local Activities
Cardigan Market
Cardigan Market, Cardigan Bay
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CardiganCardigan Market is housed in one of the finest buildings in West Wales the Guildhall (1858) and is the focal point of the ancient market town.
Dolphin Watching Boat Trip
Dolphin Watching Boat Trip, Cardigan Bay
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CardiganBoat trips and Dolphin spotting trips are offered by a number of companies in New Quay or Aberaeron. Coastal walks along much of the Ceredigion coastline can enable sightings of dolphins, seals, porpoise and many marine birds.
Angling
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CardiganCardigan Bay is also great for keen Anglers, offering catches of Bass and Black Bream, while nearby freshwater rivers include trout and salmon fishing. 
Cardigan Island Seal Colony
Cardigan Island Seal Colony, Cardigan Bay
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CardiganCardigan island coastal farm park is the best place in Wales to view seals in their natural habitat. A colony of Atlantic Grey Seals breeds in the many caves below the Farm Park.   
Castell Henllys Iron Age Village
Castell Henllys, Cardigan Bay
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CardiganCastell Henllys is an award winning reconstruction of an ancient Iron-age village. The village has been totally reconstructed using Iron Age techniches and methods and is a real Welsh gem hidden away in the Valleys. Highly recommended by Great British Trips, visitors can step inside thatched roof houses experiencing life 2000 years ago.
What can I see in the area?

Aberystwyth

The university town of Aberystwyth is nestled between three hills and two beaches with castle ruins, a pier and harbour with Victorian and Edwardian buildings lining the seafront. Some of the attractions there include:

Cliff Top Railway
Cliff Top Railway, Aberystwyth, Wales
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CardiganCamera Obscura, Cliff Railway (the longest cliff railway in the UK) and the National Library of Wales which as well as housing over 5 million historic volumes, also includes the country’s oldest text from the 13th century.
The Vale of Rheidol Railway
Vale of Rhiedol Railway, Wales
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CardiganThe Vale of Rhiedol Railway takes you on a 11¾ mile journey between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge taking one hour in each direction offering superb views of the Rheidol Valley
Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking, Aberystwyth, Wales
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CardiganStunning high level Mountain bike riding can be found in the Nant-yr-Arian forest which sits high on the mountains just inland from Aberystwyth.
Centre for Alternative Technology
Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales
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CardiganThe Centre for Alternative Technology just outside Machynlleth, uses 7 acres of interactive displays to show how we can live more sustainably with all kinds of solutions to some of the serious challenges facing our planet such as climate change.
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
CADW Pass
Cadw Welsh Heritage Pass
CADW Welsh Heritage pass
This is a great base for exploring: Welsh central Coast, Pembrokeshire
Transport options in this area: The town itself can be explored on foot but exploring the surrounding area is best done in a vehicle.
Did you know:

The Crown jewels were kept in Aberystwyth during world war 2!
From the region:
Led Zeppelin
(Rock Star)
Sir George Everest
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