St Dogmaels (Llandudoch in Welsh) is a village in North Pembrokeshire, on the estuary of the River Teifi, a mile from the town of Cardigan which is just over the border in Ceredigion and very close to Poppit Sands beach.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path starts or finishes here, with a link north to the Ceredigion Coast Path.
The remains of a 12th century Abbey built on a site of a pre-Norman monastery takes pride of place in the village. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the church continued to be used for a time by the parish, and a rectory was built into the southwest corner of the cloister. The famed Sagranus Stone in the St Thomas’ church next to the Abbey bears an inscription in the ancient Ogam Script.
Shakespearean plays are performed annually in the Abbey grounds in the summer months. Next to the abbey, The Heritage Centre and Coach House café, provides models and displays of the local area along with an important collection of inscribed Christian stones dating from early Celtic times. There are numerous workshops by local artists and rolling exhibitions of arts, crafts, local history and natural history.
A Market and a Mill
A local producers' market takes place on Tuesdays next to the Coach House in a pleasant setting near the village millpond with its selection of peculiar wildfowl which always appreciate a snack.
Y Felin water mill is thought to have been built by the Abbey and dates back to the 12th Century. It is one of the few working mills in Wales. Completely renovated with its original machinery intact it produces a range of high quality flours and milled grains which are on sale in the mill shop. Regular guided tours are available.
Poppit Sands to the west of the village is highly popular with families and watersports enthusiasts. It has a large car park with a café and a lifeboat station with fundraising shop.
The village has a few pubs and tea-rooms, a post office, delicatessen, popular fish and chip shop, small local petrol station, local shop and hairdresser.
On the road towards Cardigan is Glebelands organic market garden (open Thursday to Sunday) where you can stock up with delicious fresh fruit and veg at very reasonable prices.
There is a good network of walks around St Dogmaels, most notably to Cemaes Head, the most northerly of the Pembrokeshire sea cliffs and a wonderful place to see Chough, Cormorant and Peregrine Falcon. More Atlantic grey seals breed here than anywhere else in Wales from mid-summer and bottlenose dolphins may be seen in the bay. Kestrels and Ravens swoop overhead and wildflowers are abundant in spring. See our Birdwatching in West Wales pages for more information.
The highest sea cliff (550ft) in Pembrokeshire lies between Cemaes Head and Pen-yr-Afr.
Some of the best things to do in St Dogmaels
Spend the day at Poppit Sands
Visit The Coach House, the visitor centre at the ancient Abbey
Walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Try river kayaking or fishing on the Teifi River
Explore the Teifi Valley
See more things to do in North Pembrokeshire
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