St Dogmaels is the first village, in the North, that you’ll arrive at in Pembrokeshire and hosts the start of the spectacular, 186 mile, Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. It is an excellent choice for those seeking a waterside holiday, with opportunities for boating, water skiing, windsurfing, fishing and relaxing on the long sandy beach of Poppit Sands all on your doorstep.
This historical village was an important religious centre. The 12th Century Abbey ruins are well worth a visit, as is the Water Mill where a wheel and millstones still produce wonderful baking flour.
Bird lovers and photographers will be captivated by the diversity of waders, sea-birds and birds of prey.
Cardigan, just two miles away, is a lovely rural market town offering a good range of shops, restaurants and craft outlets, although St Dogmaels is well provided for, with a village shop, and pub restaurants.
Near the mouth of the River Teifi, on the southern side opposite Cardigan, stands St Dogmaels. It is essentially a seafaring village, as examination of headstones in the churchyard will testify. The remains of an Abbey founded by Robert Fitz-Martin in the 12th century are worth a visit. Poppit Sands a little further down the estuary has a beautiful and extensive beach which denotes the start (or the end!) of the 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
Established in 2009, St Dogmaels Farmers Market takes place inside the St Dogmaels Abbey and Coach House running every Tuesday morning throughout the year, between the hours of 9am and 1pm. A fairly small market with around 18 stalls, the market offers a range of delicious produce including fresh seafood, bread made with locally milled yeast, sweet pastries, tarts and pies as well as cheeses, eggs, chutneys, vegetables. All produce on offer is grown, reared and/or manufactured within 30 miles of the village so it is no wonder that in 2016, St Dogmaels Farmers Market was declared the best food market in Britain by the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards. Enjoy a browse through the stalls, followed by a coffee with friends listening to the local volunteering musicians. The market often hosts cookery demonstrations and crafting courses throughout the year also.
St. Dogmael's Abbey was founded on the banks of the River Teifi in 1115 for Tironian Monks, before being given the status of Abbey in 1120. Fortunately there are extensive remains to visit today, original 15th Century floor tiles can still be seen along the nave of which the west and north walls stand nearly to their original height. The Coach House is set in the surroundings of the Abbey ruins, and is now home to a museum and visitor centre where they have a collection of carved stones that were once part of the abbey on display.
Situated right on the riverbank, The Ferry Inn is a great place to go if you want to take in a beautiful view whilst you eat! With quality food, if you're exploring St. Dogmaels or Cardigan, this is one place not to be missed.
Children's Menu is available, plus half portions of the adult Main's can be provided for children at half the price.
A great spot to call in for a relaxing pint or a spot of lunch if you're exploring the northern areas of the county. Situated in the heart of St Dogmaels, this welcoming pub offers food and a range of guest beers throughout the year. Cosy up near the real open fire in the winter months.
Y Webley is situated overlooking the Teifi Estuary, and is a traditional pub offering good quality home-cooked meals. They offer bar snacks and light meals in their bar, as well as full evening meals in their restaurant.