Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is the only coastal national park in the UK. Croft Farm & Country Cottages is nestled perfectly between the beginning of the 186-mile park and the stunningly popular Cardigan bay, surrounded by hills, beaches, wildlife, history and culture. We can guarantee that there’s so much to see and do here that you’ll need to come back to Croft Farm year after year to experience all the delights that Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and its nearby towns and villages have to offer!
Being flanked entirely by the Irish sea, it’s no wonder that Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a hot spot for water sports. Whether it’s surfing at Poppit Sands or coasteering , Pembrokeshire’s original cliff jumping, rock scrambling adventure sport, there’s a plethora of water-based escapades to enjoy here.
Rather be on it than in it? Why not take a Canadian Canoe down the Teifi Gorge to discover its wildlife-laden riverbanks, or book a boat trip around Cardigan island, spotting seals and bottlenose dolphins as you ride the waves?
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park boasts over 50 beaches, and at Croft Farm, we’re a short hop away from its most northern beach, the beautiful blue-flag mile-long stretch at Poppit Sands. With a large car park, beach café and level access, it’s as popular as its nearby neighbour, Newport Sands. This blue-flag beach has protected sand dunes and is nestled under the stunning slopes of Carn Ingli.
Further up into Cardigan bay is the lesser-known but equally spectacular Mwnt beach – climb down from the cliffside church to this small but perfectly formed cove. Tresaith beach, winding downwards from the lovely little restaurant above, is a little further north again, and has its own waterfall descending directly onto the beach – nature’s post-sand power shower!
For more information on the hidden coves of Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion, visit our blog page here.
Three castles are situated within a 6-mile radius of Croft Farm. Cardigan Castle is a Grade 1 listed building whose castle dates from the 11th -century. The House was built inside the walls in the 1800s and was recently restored.
Cilgerran Castle is just up the road from Croft Farm and was first mentioned by name in 1164.
At Nevern Castle, you can listen to talks about the current excavation being led by Dr Chris Caple of Durham University. Also find out about the Nevern Cross, bleeding Yew and Ogam writing at this historic site. Nearby Pentre Ifan is a bronze age megalithic site dating from around 4000 BC.
Visit the remains of an Iron Age Hill Fort at Castell Henllys , overlooking Newport beach with stunning views of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The kids will love the Celtic reenactments here, too – a beautiful site with family activities to boot!
Folly Farm theme park and zoo is officially the ‘The Best Day Out in Wales’ and has a huge undercover restored fairground, so perfect for rainy days. If you’re looking for thrills, Oakwood Theme Park is Wales’ answer to Alton Towers. The wooden roller coaster, Megafobia has been voted the 3rd best ride in the world. Teifi Mania in nearby Cardigan offers a huge indoor play centre with climbing nets. If that’s a bit too energetic, why not check out the selection of new films playing at Theatr Mwldan?
For more interesting things to do as a family while on your stay with us, why not check out our latest blogs?
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is dotted with incredible restaurants serving the freshest produce and seafood in Wales. Here are some local favourites you might like to try:
Crwst serves coffee, cakes and lunches, but are best known for their delicious doughnuts.
Bowens Chip Shop in St Dogmaels is perfectly positioned between Poppit beach and Croft Farm, ideal for a teatime treat on the way home from the beach.
Bara Menyn bakes their own artisan bread and are a great choice for a lovely lunch while browsing the ancient streets of Cardigan market town.
The Pizza Tipi is a well-loved music venue which serves the best homemade pizzas in the West! Sit riverside with a local craft beer and enjoy the stunning Teifi river.
Food for Thought it situated at the top of Cardigan high street and has a great reputation for its lunchtime menu…you might want to book ahead, though.
Flat Rock café is the perfect date night spot; situated in Gwbert, overlooking Poppit sands, you have incredible views to match the incredible fresh food menu, from local fish pulled from the sea to high-end dining. If you arrive early enough, you can even sit on the glass balcony to take in views unrivalled in this area.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is the perfect setting for music festivals, food festivals and cultural days, street parades, sporting events and much more! Please see our blog about this area’s annual events so that you can plan this year’s holiday around your favourite event!