Newcastle Emlyn straddles the Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire border and provides a perfect base from which to explore the best of both these counties and also nearby North Pembrokeshire.
Cenarth – 2.9 miles
Cenarth is a fascinating village on the border of Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. The focus of the village is Cenarth Falls, a series of small waterfalls and pools on the river Teifi and a well-known salmon leap. It’s a spectacular site in full flood.
There has been a mill at Cenarth since the 13th century when Cenarth mill came into the possession of Edward I when he became Lord of the Manor of Cenarth.
There is a Coracle museum and 13th-century flour mill overlooking the falls. Cenarth has two pubs, the Three Horseshoes Inn and the White Hart Inn. There is a tea room serving traditional cream teas and meals with a large garden for warmer days.
West Wales Museum of Childhood – 4.1 miles
The Museum of Childhood at Llangeler is more than a toy museum, it is an extensive collection of all things to do with childhood. In addition to the usual dolls, teddies, cars and trains, the collection has textiles, costume, a schoolroom and “Memory Lane” – a time line of showcases that takes the visitor through the twentieth century illustrated with toys and other artefacts.
Cilgerran Castle – 9.6 miles
Cilgerran Castle is a National Trust property that is near a couple of walks from a parking and picnic area by the river Teifi. This striking 13th-century castle is perched overlooking the spectacular Teifi Gorge and has inspired many artists, including Turner.
Teifi Valley Railway (Dog Friendly) – 8.2 miles
The Teifi Valley Railway is a 2ft (610mm) gauge narrow gauge railway bult on the former GWR Newcastle Emlyn branch line. Apart from the main 2ft (610mm) gauge railway, there is plenty on offer for families, Including – A Miniature Railway, an excellent cafe, Indoor & Outdoor Play Areas, Crazy Golf and Quoits
We highly recommend paying extra to do the “Pixi Line” its especially good for younger children, our Grandchildren loved it.
National Woollen Museum (Free Entry) – 4 miles
Discover the spellbinding story of the Welsh woollen industry. Wool was historically the most important and widespread of Wales’s industries. The picturesque village of Drefach Felindre in the beautiful Teifi valley was once the centre of a thriving woollen industry, earning the nickname ‘The Huddersfield of Wales’.
Aberporth Beach – 9.1 miles
The award-winning beach at Aberporth is ideal for family days out by the sea: sandy, sheltered, rock pools at low tide, village nearby and the chance of spotting seals and dolphins (don’t forget binoculars). If you can drag the children away from the beach, walk along the coast for breathtaking views over Cardigan Bay.
Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park – 14.5 miles
A lovely day out in West Wales. Standing in a glorious location overlooking the nature reserve of Cardigan Island, this park has friendly farm animals, an adventure playground, picnic areas, indoor games and wonderful views of the nature reserve and wildlife such as dolphins, seals, harbour porpoise and birds. Remember binoculars!
Dylan Thomas and New Quay – 16.8 miles
New Quay, built on cliffs overlooking Cardigan Bay has a sheltered harbour and safe beaches. Between the narrow terraced streets, there are rope walks, where rope was twisted in the days when New Quay was a shipbuilding centre. Boat trips into the bay to see Bottle-nosed Dolphins sail on a regular basis.
Dylan Thomas was a resident in New Quay in 1944-5 where he wrote ‘Quite Early One Morning’. You can walk the Dylan Thomas town trail, including the path along the cliffs enjoyed by the poet.
Aberaeron – 18.2 miles
Its well worth a day out to this beautiful town. The town of Aberaeron that we see today was planned and developed from a small fishing village in the 1800’s by the Rev. Alban Gwynne. He designed the harbour which became a key port on the west coast of Wales. There was also a thriving shipbuilding industry where dockyards built both sail and steam vessels.
Gwili Railway (Dog Friendly) – 14.9 miles
Gwili Railway is one of the UK’s most picturesque preserved lines, set in beautiful countryside with abundant wildlife, the line follows the River Gwili on a steady uphill journey through farmland and wooded hillsides. At Bronwydd, passengers can visit the working signalbox and gift shop, while at Llwyfan Cerrig they can ride on the miniature railway and picnic alongside the river.
Welsh Wildlife Centre – 11.4 miles
The wonders of the nature at The Welsh Wildlife Centre and Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve, your perfect day out in Pembrokeshire.
Things To Do & Days Out In Newcastle Emlyn
The Days Our with Kids website has details on a number of places to visit that are near to here.