In the Centre of St Dogmaels
The Mill St Dogmaels Abbey Award Winning Tuesday Market (9am to 1pm) Pontoon
Ancient Stones, Standing Stones & Celtic Crosses
What to do
St Dogmaels is a working village, in a farming community with a local fisherman. There are two pubs, a Post Office, Bowen’s Fish and Chip shop, Petrol Station, Garage and a local shop.
In St Dogmaels:
The central focus of St Dogmaels is the ruins of the 12th Century abbey with adjacent visitor centre café & gallery. The display includes Preseli spotted dolerite blue stones, similar to those used in the inner circle of Stonehenge. (Café is open 1000-1600 hours).
Over the road from the abbey is one of the few working flour water mills with a millpond in Wales.
St Thomas' church in St Dogmaels and other churches nearby, house early Christian stones, ‘ring crosses’ and notch inscriptions of Ogham, an early Irish script dating to the 6th-9th Century
We enjoy walking this locality so much, that together with the graphic artist Anne Cakebread we created a robust map of popular walks around St Dogmaels, Poppit and Cardigan. The map is available from Argo Villa & local shops. It suggests a range of walks from 1 hour to a full days walk.
We love the variety of walks from the Pembrokeshire Coast Path & Ceredigion Coast Path with their craggy cliffs, wide open beaches & hidden coves to the peacefulness of walking through the 250 acre Teifi Marshes Wildlife Reserve and along the Teifi river to Cilgerran Castle.
This Reserve has hides for watching the wetland birds, otters and water buffalo. The café is excellent.
If we need the cobwebs blown away we visit Mwnt, a mound with panoramic views over the whole of Cardigan Bay, an especially peaceful 14 century church, together with a good chance of seeing dolfins.
We cherish the walks in the area so much that we help maintain footpaths with St Dogmaels Footpath Association. Guests are welcome to join us on our walks which are publicised on Facebook St Dogmaels Footpath Association
Our Neolithic Past
Within 7 miles of St Dogmaels are many dolmen and standing stones. The most iconic of these is Pentre Ifan, which predates the Great Pyramid of Giza and the main construction of Stonehenge. We have created a map of the local stones and have much relevant literature available for guests
Walk & Ride
The Pembrokeshire Coastal Walkers buses enable people to base themselves in one location and walk a long section of the Pembrokeshire Coast path over several days. The Poppit Rocket stop is only 100m from Argo Villa. It passes Argo Villa each way 3 times a day from the 1st Sunday in May to the last Sunday in September on its way between Cardigan, Moylegrove Newport to Fishguard. In winter it runs on Thursdays & Saturdays only
St Dogmaels Award Winning weekly Local Producers Market
is held every Tuesday and the last Sunday of the month from 9am until 1pm offering a wide range of local produce such as pies, vegetables, meat, cakes, bread, seafood, jams, chutneys and cheese
‘BBC Food and Farming Awards The best food market in Britain 2016’
Poppit Sands Beach and Cafe
Poppit Sands is a broad sandy blue flag beach, perfect for digging & building castles. It has rock pools and sand dunes providing a variety of wild life habitats. During summer months it has lifeguards. The cafe food is lush. This short film gives a flavour of Poppit https://vimeo.com/74276121
Creative St Dogmaels and Cardigan
St Dogmaels and Cardigan are home to many creative people with their work available from the Crafters’ Cwtch, the Custom House, Pendre Arts Gallery & Café and St Dogmaels Coach House Gallery & Café.
Pendre Arts is home to the giant cardigan (5mx2.5m) depicting Cardigan town's history knitted to mark Cardigan's 900th anniversary. It includes a castle, shops, churches and chapels, as well as portraits of local people.
You may be inspired to return to the area and let our local artists, crafts people and writers indulge your senses and nurture your creativity https://creativecoastalbreaks.com/
Cardigan is well endowed with 2 theatres, Small World Theatre & Theatre Mwldan which also has 3 cinema screens
Cardigan Castle holds many events. Over the road from the Castle you may catch a gig at the Cellar Bar.
Shakespeare plays are performed annually in St Dogmaels Abbey grounds during the first week of August by the Abbey Shakespeare Players, a company of local actors and those from around the country.
Eating & Drinking
There are 20+ places to eat around Cardigan & St Dogmaels
Enjoy an early evening drink on the terraces of the Ferry Inn before a meal
Eat locally-caught fish at the White Hart Inn
Buy fish & chips at Bowens on the High St
At the Pizza Tipi on Cardigan Quayside you can sit out overlooking the River Teifi (July & August)
In front of the Webley Hotel overlooking the spectacular Teifi Estuary enjoy a coffee or beer
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail Certificate Scheme
Would you like a certificate &/or badge once you complete the trail? Argo Villa has the forms to be completed along the way. Pubs in Amroth & St Dogmaels have the certificates free for those who have completed the trail.
Adventures on Water
We have taken several boat trips with Bay to Remember to explore the caves and coastline of Cardigan Bay, home to the largest pod of bottle–nosed dolphins in Europe. We also saw seals, sun fish, gannets and choughs.
These fully guided marine tours offer a safe and exhilarating experience suitable for all ages and abilities (wheelchair accessible boarding available in Cardigan). Tel: 01239 623558
Trips depart all year round (limited winter sailings) and last from 1 - 2 hours in length. This is a faster boat trip and covers a larger area then the more sedate trips from New Quay.
Cardigan Bay Active provides a programme of activities such as kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, coasteering in Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion