Llandysul is a market town in the Welsh county of Ceredigion, West Wales with the twin community of Pont Tyweli, which lies directly across the Teifi River in Carmarthenshire.
On the banks of the river Teifi lays the small idyllic and unspoilt market town of Llandysul, a town steeped in history and Welsh culture. Llandysul is a thriving market town, which is ideally situated for exploring West Wales and the many attractions the surrounding counties have to offer. You can look forward to exploring Llandysul itself, which offers a wide variety of shops, it is a haven for those who like being in the outdoors, with beautiful walks to enjoy and is an ideal location for cyclists to explore. Further a field, are the market towns of Newcastle Emlyn and Cardigan, and the larger towns of Carmarthen and Lampeter. Llandysul is situated about twenty minutes from some of the most spectacular coastlines in Britain, in the form of Cardigan Bay. There are many other local attractions that will keep you entertained and spoilt for choice. This website has been designed as a useful guide as to what to see and explore, where to eat and stay and other local attractions and activities that Llandysul and the surrounding areas have to offer.
- Places to Eat in Llandysul- A guide to what eateries Llandysul has to offer.
- Stay in Llandysul- A list of B &B’s, self catering cottages and hotels located in Llandysul and the neighbouring area.
- Llandysul attractions- Discover what Llandysul and West Wales has to offer, whether it is outdoor activities, leisurely walks or trips to the beach. There is something for everyone.
- Llandysul History - A brief history of Llandysul.
- News & Events- why not check out if Llandysul is holding any events when you are planning to visit. Or plan a visit around one of Llandysul’s popular events.
- Llandysul information – A guide as to where all the local amenities are placed in Llandysul. There is also a list of local links to enhance your trip to West Wales.
The area of Llandysul is strongly Welsh-speaking and is one of the bastions of the Welsh language in Wales. Indeed, the secondary school at Llandysul is a Welsh-medium school, with an excellent academic record, of which it is justly proud. It attracts pupils from a wide area of South Ceredigion, since it is the only purely Welsh-medium Secondary school serving the region.
The River Teifi, sometimes written as River Tivy in English, but always as Afon Teifi in Welsh, is noted for its good fishing. The fish on offer are wild Atlantic salmon, brown trout and sewin or sea trout. Sewin is the name used in Welsh and English for the wonderful sea trout in Welsh-speaking Wales. Many people even prefer its taste to Teifi salmon .... and that is both world-famous and mouth-watering! Try a small fresh sewin from the Teifi, weighing up to about three pounds. You won't ever taste a nicer fish!
Both sewin and salmon from the Teifi are absolutely delicious, with totally different flavours. If you have only ever eaten rather bland farmed salmon, you should try genuine Teifi salmon, fresh from the sea. You won't want to eat farmed salmon ever again!!
Llandysul is an excellent base for a fishing holiday on the Teifi. Llandysul Angling Association, founded in 1948, owns over 23 miles of fishing on the Teifi and leases a further 7 miles of the river.
Another popular river past-time in the Llandysul area is white-water canoeing.
There are Grade 2 to 3 rapids for over one kilometre on the River Teifi at Llandysul.
National slalom ranking events take place here from May to October. Participation in this sport is on the increase.
The oldest building in Llandysul is the Church of St Tysul, which dates from the 13th century. However, it stands on an ancient foundation named after the Welsh saint, Saint Tysul, who founded it in the 6th century.
St Tysul was the grandson of Ceredig, the ruler who gave his name to the kingdom, now the county, of Ceredigion.
The Anglicised form, Cardigan, also derives from the name Ceredigion.
St Tysul was also the first cousin of St David, the patron saint of Wales, whose cathedral is located in St Davids, on the north-west coast of Pembrokeshire.
In the choir vestry of St Tysul Church, is an important collection of early Christian inscribed stones, including the Velvor Stone, commemorating Velvoria, daughter of Brohomaglus.
This ancient stone is inscribed in both Latin and Ogham, the ancient
The Teifi Valley, and the Llandysul area, in particular, is the home of the
Welsh woollen industry.
The proximity of large tracts of upland sheep-grazing land and several rapidly-flowing streams, which could be utilised for driving water mills, made this a natural place for woollen manufacturing in the past.
A number of these traditional woollen mills survive outside the town. They make wonderful, high quality, woollen blankets, rugs, purses, scarves, hats and other items of clothing, in traditional Welsh
colourful patterns and designs and are in great demand all over the world, especially amongst Welsh ex-patriates, wanting a reminder of Wales.
In the past, Llandysul also had factories making flannel shirts, although these are now closed.
The town has several popular public houses and one or two very good hotels in which to stay.
It also has a Leisure Centre, where numerous and varied activities take place, and a public swimming pool.
Llandysul Food Fair is held in June, each year, in Parc Llandysul in the town. Local foods, such as farmhouse cheeses, meat products and even tasty, toffee-filled waffles, made in the area, are show-cased here.
Llandysul Agricultural Show is held here at the beginning of September. It is a wonderful, very interesting day out, with plenty of activities and animals to see.
A cattle market is also held in the town once a fortnight.
This is an important agricultural area, especially for dairy and livestock farming. There is a mozzarella cheese factory, supplying the pizza industry world-wide, at Newcastle Emlyn, a little further down the Teifi from Llandysul.
Not far away, in the other direction, is the small market town of Llanybydder, which holds regular horse and pony sales. These Horse Fairs are famous amongst equine enthusiasts throughout the UK.
Ceredigion is not only noted for its Welsh Mountain Ponies, it is also the home of the magnificent, stronger Welsh Cob, which has gone on to strut its stuff all over the world!
Llandysul is a good centre for exploring a wide area of Wales. Not far to the east are the superb, empty Cambrian Mountains, home of the Red Kite; to the south-east are the even more beautiful Brecon Beacons; to the south are the rolling green fields of Carmarthenshire and the seven mile long sandy beach at Pendine; to the south-west lies Pembrokeshire, with its beautiful rugged National Park coast-line and much closer, to the west, lies the equally beautiful Welsh coast, with its attractive seaside villages, such as Gwbert, Aberporth, Tresaith, Penbryn, Llangrannog and New Quay, with their lovely sandy beaches. The seaside towns of Aberaeron and Aberystwyth are not far to the north of New Quay.
So a holiday in the Llandysul area can combine the pleasures of the river, mountains and sea and all their wildlife!!
Plus priceless peace and quiet, away from the hurly-burly of motorways and crowded cities!!