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Newcastle Emlyn

Newcastle Emlyn is a bustling market town straddling the Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire border.

The ruined castle overlooks the River Teifi and points to the strategic importance once held by this town. Actually, there are two towns, to the north (on the Ceredigion side of the river) lies Adpar and to the south, Newcastle Emlyn (in Carmarthenshire).

There’s quite a lot to do in the local area, which is why we’ve put together a visitor’s guide to Newcastle Emlyn…

Spending the day at Newcastle Emlyn – All you need to know

Newcastle Emlyn

How to get there

  • Satnav: SA38 9AJ
  • Situated on the A484 (Carmarthen to Cardigan section)
  • Bus (551) from Cardigan and New Quay
  • Bus (460) from Carmarthen and Cardigan

The history of Newcastle Emlyn

Consider yourself to be a bit of a history buff? Here are some interesting facts about this bustling market town!

  • The river crossing and market (which continues to this day) made it an important drover’s town and left a legacy of public houses – in the 1860s over 33, but now sadly, down to a mere ten or so.
  • Newcastle Emlyn & Adpar had a number of historic firsts – the first printing press in Wales in 1719, an electricity generating power station in 1907.
  • A historic last too – the Last Duel in Cardiganshire took place in 1814! The old Workhouse is now unrecognizable as a cheese factory, but the old Grammar School building and Courthouse still stand though the latter now houses a branch library.
  • The castle is the most important historic ruin. There is not much of it left now as it was blown up by Oliver Cromwell’s forces in 1645.

What are the shops and eateries like?

There are a large number of local “eateries” – four tea rooms, three “takeaways”, an Indian restaurant, and six pubs with restaurants.

A wide variety of craft and antique shops reflect the importance of tourism to the area, but there are still very “traditional” ones as well – a butcher, a fishmonger and a baker that are renowned for their local produce. If you’re stopping nearby, it’s well worth stopping by and picking up some fresh ingredients to take back to your holiday cottage.

Other amenities at Newcastle Emlyn

Among its shops and cafes, you’ll also find plenty of other amenities in the town. For visitors stopping outside of Newcastle Emlyn, there’s a decent car park within the town. Nearby, a children’s play area is ideal for giving the kids a chance to let off some steam after arriving.

Nearby attractions within 5 miles

Nearby activities within 5 miles

Our featured cottage

Broheddwch (Ref. 1035525) Boncath, Pembrokeshire, South Wales & Pembrokeshire

Why we love it: This accessible bungalow allows up to two well-behaved dogs!

Bronheddwch, Boncath

The charming four-bedroom Broheddwch is just a 15-minute drive away from the market town. Set within a secluded spot, guests can enjoy an abundance of scenic countryside walks while also being just a short drive from the coast. It boasts a large lawned garden with a private BBQ area, ideal for getting everyone together for alfresco dinners in warmer seasons.

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