Lampeter - Places to go and places to stay in Lampeter


Lampeter is a small market and university town in Ceredigion. Centred in the midst of beautiful Welsh countryside it is close to Snowdonia, Pembrokshire and the Brecon Beacons National Parks.

Although early reference to Lampeter is hard to come by, the remains of forts, standing stones and burial chambers bears witness to the fact there was once human activity in the area. The Romans established a camp at Pont Llanio and mined for gold at nearby Pumpsaint, the site of which is now owned by the National Trust. Visitors to the mine gain first hand knowledge of the conditions gold miners of that era had to endure.

Lampeter was an important gathering place for drovers in the 18th century when huge herds of livestock were walked all the way to the markets of southeast England. Some of Wales's oldest banking systems were established by the drovers all of which were assimilated into the UK banks. Lloyd's bank still maintains its sign of the rearing horse, symbolic of a welsh mountain pony, a reminder of the merchants of long ago.

After the arrival of the railway the horse fair originally held at Dihewyd was transferred to Lampeter. An extremely popular event it is said that buyers for the army were present at the fair of 1812. Vendors were holding back for the higher price when news of Napoleon's defeat came through, causing an immediate drop in the price of the horses. The fair closed in 1939.

Established in 1822 the University of Wales, Lampeter is the oldest degree awarding institution in England and Wales except for Oxford and Cambridge. It is a specialist liberal arts university teaching humanities and social science subjects. With just 1,000 or so students on campus it is also the smallest university which results in a close-knit atmosphere, with staff priding themselves on being friendly and approachable. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the grounds of the university with its magnificent neo-gothic Old Building which was modelled on the quadrangle of Oxford. Designed by C R Cockerell, St. David's Building as it is now known, cost £16,204, 6s and 7d and received its first students in 1827.

In 1801 the population in Lampeter was 669 and by 1901 had increased to 1722. In 1991 there were just under 2,000 residents in the town with the majority being Welsh speaking. Although the smallest town in Wales and the United Kingdom, the student population from all corners of the world give Lampeter a distinctly cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Lampeter originally thrived as an agricultural centre, however, it is education and tourism that drives the local economy today. Despite the decline in agriculture, Lampeter still retains the character of a market town with its cattle mart, antiques auction, horse fair and food festival still being regular attractions.

As well as the historic and picturesque areas in Lampeter it is also the centre of a network of stunning country walks along with many opportunities for outdoor activities which include the splendid angling facilities on the River Teifi.

Places of interest in and around Lampeter

We Pride Ourselves On Providing Fresh And Ethically Sourced Ingredients For The Menus We Offer Here At The Belle With The Emphasis On Locally Produced Welsh Ingredients.
Llanllwni Llanybydder Carmarthenshire, Wales SA40 9SQ
High Street, Lampeter, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA48 7BG
Since its conception in 1983, Cae Hir has matured and developed into one of Britain's most highly acclaimed gardens.
Cribyn, Lampeter, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA48 7NG
Established in 2002, Calico Kate has gained a reputation as an 'Aladdin's Cave' for patchworkers, dressmakers, knitters and many related crafts.
36 High Street, Lampeter, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA48 7BB
Offering take away food Canton Kitchen is located at 17 High Street in the Dyfed town of Lampeter.
17 High St, Lampeter Carmarthenshire, Wales SA48 7BG
Traditional café in heart of Lampeter renouned for its excellent icecream.
5 Harford Square, Lampeter, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA48 7HD
Dalton's ATVs Ltd, one of the largest authorised dealers of new and quality used Honda and Yamaha ATVs in the whole of the UK!
The Yard Talsarn Lampeter Carmarthenshire, Wales SA48 8QB
Nine luxury cottages in rural Mid Wales with indoor pool, disabled facilities and pet friendly. Near Cribyn village and close to the Cardigan Bay coast and Cambrian mountains.
Cribyn, Lampeter, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA48 7LZ
Situated in Lampeter Town adjacent to the University, Haulfan Guest House awaits you with a warm Welsh welcome. The guest house is an ideal base for exploring the area, with the beautiful coastline of Ceredigion just 15 minutes away.
6 Station Terrace, Lampeter, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA48 7HH
Taliesin Court, Lampeter, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA48 7AA
Chinese Takeaway
Orient Cuisine Ltd 13 Bridge St, Lampeter, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA48 7HG
Welcome to Peterwell House, a beautifully refurbished 19th century house, on the outskirts of the university and market town of Lampeter in Ceredigion, Wales. With stunning views across the Teifi Valley you are sure of a warm Welsh welcome.
Maestir Road, Lampeter, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA48 7PA
Fish and Chip Shop
The Old Bank Building, Llanybydder, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA40 9UE
Serving great fresh local food everyday.
1 Bridge Street, Lampeter, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA48 7HG
Situated in the bustling university town of Lampeter, the Castle Hotel provides an ideal base for exploring all over Mid and West Wales.
High Street, Lampeter, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA48 7BG
The Falcondale hotel and 2AA rosette restaurant (awarded for 5 consecutive years) located near the University town of Lampeter. Only 30 minutes from the coastal villages of Cardigan Bay and hilly, marshy regions of the Cambrian Mountains.
Falcondale Drive, Lampeter, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA48 7RX
Enjoy stunning exhibitions of Welsh Quilts in the gallery, attend quilt-related courses or just browse the intriguing Welsh Quilt Centre Gallery Shop.
The Town Hall, High Street, Lampeter, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA48 7BB