Newcastle Emlyn & the Teifi ValleyMountain high, river low
Newcastle Emlyn and the Teifi is an area of industrial history in Carmarthenshire, its roaring river being the source of its industrial power.
Discover Newcastle Emlyn
Newcastle Emlyn was originally built on a site of an old Welsh fortress, which visitors can experience today. The castle remains overlook the majestic River Teifi. Allow time for a walk around its ruined castle and a potter around its unique shops and cafes. Newcastle Emlyn is a surprisingly attractive shopping destination it has a good range of inns, food producers and fine period architecture, the town is lively and attractive and its people welcoming.
The River Teifi is the longest in Wales, but there’s one particular part to seek out if you’re looking to add some thrill to your holiday: Llandysul. The small village is home to Llandysul Paddlers, who organise canoeing, white-water rafting, river swimming and more.
Signs of its industrial history can be seen at the National Wool Museum in the former Cambrian Mills and the commercial mill Melin Teifi. Not only was the river important to the development of industry in the area but it has always been an important source of salmon and sewin to local fishermen who often took to the river in coracles. Aside from its industrial importance and purpose, the river and Cenarth Falls contribute a scenic back drop to beautiful walks and peaceful areas to sit a listen to the babble of the falls as they rush by.
You might like to download an app ahead of your visit, you can follow a heritage trail. Some of the audio pieces are by Ken Jones, a local historian with a wealth of knowledge. Learn about the first printing press in Wales, the workhouse and, of course, the dragon-serpent for which the town is famous, Gwiber Emlyn. The lovely Cawdor Hall, with its clock and arches, is a quaint market hall.
Not to be missed
The Cenarth National Coracle Museum
A Museum and Workshop of Coracles from around the world set in the grounds of a 17th Century Flour Mill beside the beautiful Cenarth falls famed for its Salmon Leaps and 200 year old Bridge over the Teifi River. The Museum, apart from its fine collection of coracles covers the history of coracles and the techniques and tools for building them.
Just a few miles from Cenarth and Newcastle Emlyn is Caws Cenarth, where award-winning cheese – caws in Welsh – has been made for almost thirty years. Pop in and see cheese-making in action, taste each and every type they produce and pick up a Perl Las or Welsh Caerfilli for home. Fans of the firm’s cheeses include Prince Charles.
National Wool Museum
The woollen industry was once one of Wale’s most important industries and it is no surprise the National Wool Museum is in the historic former Cambrian Mills at Drefach, Velindre. Entry is free so be sure to delve into the history of the industry. Visitors can try their hands at carding, spinning and sewing along the way. Machine demonstrations are timetabled, so ask or look at the board, and time your tea and- bara-brith-break accordingly! Upstairs, be sure to press the audio buttons to hear stories from former workers bringing the workplace to life.
Helen Elliot’s Art of Wales Tollgate Studio and Gallery
Not often do you get the chance to see a remarkable artist at work but you can in Newcastle Emlyn. Helen welcomes visitors to see her creating marvels in paint Wednesday to Saturday 11am - 6pm throughout the year. The studio gallery showcases new originals as they are finished and before they reach the galleries.