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An ancient town, home to Wales' oldest university

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This ancient town is best known for being home to Wales’ oldest university and has plenty of independent shops and historic buildings to discover.

Lampeter is a pretty town in the Welsh county of Ceredigion. It lies at the confluence of the River Teifi and the Afon Dulas and is surrounded by some of the country’s most beautiful countryside. Whether you plan to surf at one of the Ceredigion coast’s windswept beaches, take a dolphin-spotting boat trip off the coast or hike through miles of unspoilt countryside, Lampeter is an ideal base for lovers of the great outdoors.

The town centre is a relaxed affair, with plenty of independent shops and eateries. Lampeter is home to a wealth of historical buildings, including the University of Wales, Trinity St David, which was founded in 1822, making it one of the UK’s oldest universities. There are a number of excellent annual events, including a food festival, a long-running agricultural show and the famous Rhys Thomas James Eisteddfod.

Dolphin spotting trips

Wales’ most celebrated poet, Dylan Thomas, appeared in court in Lampeter as a witness to the shooting which was portrayed in the film The Edge of Love. The former court is now the Welsh Quilt Centre.

The grounds of the magnificent University of Wales Trinity St David are open for members of the public to explore and well worth a visit. At the Founders Library, you’ll find a fascinating collection of books and a variety of excellent exhibitions.

If you’re in Lampeter in July, check out the excellent Lampeter Food Festival. This family-friendly event takes place at the university campus and features stalls selling some of the finest fresh produce Wales has to offer.

If you’re after a good bite to eat in Lampeter, check out the Castle Green, an award-winning pub which serves a range of local ales and tasty dishes, prepared with fresh, local ingredients. For a good cup of coffee or a slice of homemade cake, check out the Mustard Seed, a welcoming café in the heart of the town.

For a glimpse into the area’s rich past, visit Lampeter Museum, where the story of the town and its famous university is told through a series of exhibitions.

“This ancient town is best known for being home to Wales’ oldest university and has plenty of independent shops and historic buildings to discover.”

Lampeter is perfectly located for exploring Wales and its magnificent coastline. A half-hour drive to the west will take you to New Quay, a charming coastal town with sandy beaches and a harbour, from which dolphin-spotting boat trips can be taken. Also nearby is the historical town of Aberaeron, a pleasant place for a day trip, with plenty of interesting shops and high-quality eateries to explore.

Take a look at our full collection of Lampeter cottages for even more holiday inspiration.

While you’re there

Welsh Quilt Centre

The self-proclaimed 'world's greatest quilt museum' - a must-visit for sewing and art enthusiasts!

Cae Hir Gardens

Enjoy these beautiful gardens complete with tea room serving home baked delights.

University of Wales, Trinity St David

The oldest university in Wales! The grounds are open to the public - don't miss the chapel.

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