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Welsh Wildlife Centre

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Address: Cilgerran, Cardigan SA43 2TB, Wales
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+44 1239 621600
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

**Under New Management for 2015**

The Welsh Wildlife Centre is an award...

**Under New Management for 2015**

The Welsh Wildlife Centre is an award winning Visitor Centre situated in the beautiful Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve. The site is managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and all profits from the Centre go towards the conservation work carried out in the region by the Trust.

The Centre includes our hugely popular Glasshouse Cafe & Gift Shop, and all three floors are fully accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Toilets, baby changing facilities and children's activities are also available. During the school holidays and at weekends, we also run a huge array of events for adults, children and families. You can also pick up a copy of our guidebook, hire binoculars so you can discover the wonders of the surrounding nature reserve or children can also hire an Adventure Backpack containing lots of different and fun activities to explore the site.

Out on the reserve, there are six bird hides and these look out over the multiple habitats that occur at Teifi Marshes. Our Explorer Trail is completely accessible for wheelchairs, as is the first stretch of our Wetland Trail which forms part of cycle route 82 running between Cilgerran and Cardigan along a disused railway line reclaimed by nature! Other trails on our reserve include the beautiful Woodland Trail which is covered with bluebells in spring, and the more adventurous and challenging Gorge Trail with stunning scenery of the River Teifi.

Popular wildlife that can be seen on the reserve include otters, kingfishers, deer and between April and September, Asian water buffalo graze the site. The reserve is home to the second largest reed bed in Wales, and this is a vital habitat for many bird species such as various types of warblers including the elusive cettis warbler and a large population of water rails.

You'll be amazed at what you can find around the Visitor Centre also! Out on our meadow, you will find Helyg - our giant willow badger and in front of the Centre, we have a living willow maze, deer sculpture and further along a children's play area.

Fancy staying on the reserve overnight once all the visitors have gone? You can do that too! Book a stay at our onsite holiday accommodation, Oak Tree Cottage - the perfect retreat for couples of a family of four!

There's plenty to see and do at the Welsh Wildlife Centre so be sure to pay us a visit if you are in the area!

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Love this place as it caters for all with access to flat walks for the disabled. Steep walks for the fit and healthy and unspoiled. Visitors Centre is great and the tearooms serve... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Narberth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lovely place to visit for a walk. Queue at cafe was only about 10 to 12 people in front of us but actually took 25 mins to be served! There was an army of workers in the kitchen and only one person on the till who as soon as had taken your order would disappear to make drinks. Clear there... More 

Thank Nicola D
Llandysul, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I bought my 2 young children today (2yr old & 6 week old) it's a lovely place for little ones to run around. What was really disappointing was the lack of access & information to the cafe & facilities. The lift is currently out of order, this can be helped & their are signs clearly stating this. It also gives... More 

Thank GeoPatchy
Narberth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this place as it caters for all with access to flat walks for the disabled. Steep walks for the fit and healthy and unspoiled. Visitors Centre is great and the tearooms serve homemade food. Take a walk after the delicious cakes to burn the calories off. Take your own picnic and relax. Hides for those fantastic photos of wildlife.... More 

Thank 94jandt94
Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We travelled to Cilgerran so that we could enjoy some of the many walks around the Visitor Centre and we were not disappointed. Most of the walks are not difficult and at this time of the year, quite lovely as the bluebells and pink campions are still out. We watched the water buffalo from one of the hides before we... More 

Thank Mags J
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Various trails to walk from easy to what i would call extreme! The walk around the woodlands and the marsh as easy enough but around the gorge is very steep in places. There are warning signs to tell you so but you have no idea how long it goes on for and in places the signage is not very good,... More 

Thank Adam B
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place to visit, lots of well marked paths ,a very good visitor centre / restaurant, & some brilliant views of the river. Lots of wildlife & (mostly) disabled friendly paths. Well recommended & just £3 parking all day

1 Thank Michael_B186356
Ceredigion, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had been here before however only walked the Woodlands trail. However today walked the gorge trail. It was beautiful however you do have to be fairly fit as it's very steep going up and down in places. Also very near to steep drops! Good walking shoes a must. Would not do it if it's been raining as the ground... More 

Thank Meinir D
Banbury, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

Fascinating wildlife centre with plenty to do for all the family. The restaurant is excellent servin home produced food is a comfortable atmosphere.

1 Thank Ruth H
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Pleasant visit, we like walking down the riverside footpath from Cardigan as a family. Or for a longer walk it is accessible from Cilgerran on the footpath that starts near the church and follows along the river gorge. There is a lovely cafe with tasty lunches and cakes and it often holds children's activities in the holidays.

Thank katherine l
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Easy to park and find our way around the reserve. Variety of habitats to see. Slow service in the cafe when busy. Probably best for birdwatchers out of school holidays. Stunning location and would definitely return. Shame lots of people seemed to ignore the parking fee over the Easter weekend!

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