EXPLORE THE HISTORY OF CARDIGAN TOWNA great fishing town on the coast of Pembrokeshire to explore or relax with a coffee
Our Guide to Cardigan TownCardigan is a traditional market town and is an essential place visit when at Cardigan Bay Holiday Park. The Pace of Cardigan is both gentle and peaceful which adds to the character and charm of this ancient town.
Here you will find quaint streets, interesting shops, pubs and places to eat with many still with there traditional or original Georgian and Victorian fronts helping to create the perfect visitor experience.
Cardigan provides a cultural centre for local residents and visitors to West Wales and Cardigan Bay Holiday Park. In the Town you will find traditional Butchers, Bakers and Grocery shops plus specialists in local arts and crafts, sports and fishing.
Tesco’s, Aldi and Morrison’s can all be found in the town of Cardigan.
History of CardiganIn 1093 the Norman Roger de Montgomery established the town and Cardigan castle. In 1176 the rebuilt castle became the site of the first competitive Eisteddfod. From the Middle Ages Cardigan became a major trading port and ship building area and was one of the most important ports of emigration to North America.
In 1816 there were over 300 sailing vessels registered at the port and more than 200 ships were built at its five shipyards. Following the arrival of the railway and road improvements, sea transport became un-competitive. The rapid silting of the river finally sealed its decline as a port.