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“Beautiful area...”

Welsh Wildlife Centre
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Cilgerran
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Owner description: **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!
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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“Beautiful area...”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

The Wildlife Center has ample parking and has a great visitor centre and cafe. There are several walks one short one long and one inbetween. Comfortable hides with great views over the wetlands, also riverside access to the Teifi. Great value as parking was just £3 for the day with no actual entry fee to the Wildlife Centre. Members get free parking. Visitor centre closes at 5pm but there seems to be a cycle/pedestrian path through the area. For those who like there adventures a little more hands on there is a kayaking centre there too!

Visited June 2014
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Milford Haven, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 413 helpful votes
“Great day out”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

We visited the wildlife centre today and had a great time, the weather was beautiful and there was so much to see. What a bargain £3.00 parking (all day) and no entry charge. We walked the wetland trail and were lucky enough to see the kingfisher, we were told we missed the otter and three cubs by twenty minutes! We did see the water buffalo and plenty of birdlife ,heron,mallard and buzzard. We ate lunch in the cafe, good meal for £8.00.

Visited June 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“WOW”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

Really in the middle of no where, this little oasis of beauty....everything to do with nature and more. A really beautiful modern building which houses a café, toilets, shop and all the information you can think of.
A wonderful day out for the whole family. Loads of different walks, most pretty easy, unless its been raining, then mud galore, which is part of the fun!
Lovely walk along the Teifi river to Cardigan itself. Along the way they have bird hides so you can see the birds up close.
You can now hire bikes, which we did on a different day for 2 hours....prices are good and its fun.
They have a pond for pond dipping for the kids, just have to book in advance when busy.
£3 parking for the whole day, and they money goes to them, which is so well worth it.

Visited May 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Lovely day out”
Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

We have visited here before but never done one of the longer walks - just visited the playground and a short wander round. This time we set off on a walk along the Teifi river to Cilgerran. The gorge walk was rather muddy but well marked and very beautiful. We really enjoyed it despite the many steps up and down! We rewarded ourselves with a meal in the cafe. To be honest I wasn't expecting much - the queuing area was cramped, it was difficult to see what was on offer and the chap taking the orders tho friendly was incredibly slow. Having said all that the actual food was really very good. My mackerel salad was really fresh and tasty and the chocolate orange cake we followed up with was one if the best things I've ever tasted!

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Plenty to See!”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

Didn't really know what to expect when we turned up, unsure whether it would be like a nature preserve or more like a small farm with various birds animals. It's definitely the former!

Great if you enjoy walking around the beautiful Welsh countryside. They have walks of varying lengths, all linking back to the cafe so you can stop and have refreshments.

Would definitely recommend this for a dry day as some of the trails are muddy, or slate covered so become very slippy.

Visited May 2014
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