The town of Cardigan has been important to the region since the first wooden castle was built by the Normans and then captured and rebuilt in stone by the Lord Rhys in the 12th century. Site of the first Eisteddfod held to celebrate the completion of the new castle the town grew through the centuries to become one of the biggest ports and shipbuilding centres in Wales. Sadly this trade disappeared during the 19th century with the arrival of larger steamships, the railway, and the gradual silting up of the river.
Today the town is well worth visiting. The castle itself is currently the subject of an exciting preservation and development project. There is a fine Victorian gothic Guildhall with an indoor market; plenty of other shopping ; a thriving arts community, and, if there is not an event at Rhosygilwen during your stay you might find something suitable at the Theatr Mwldan. There is also an annual River and Food Festival during the summer.
Images courtesy of Pembrokeshire Tourism Industry unless otherwise attributed.