Welsh Wildlife Centre

Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cardigan: Hours, Address, Welsh Wildlife Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

Welsh Wildlife Centre
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
**Under New Management for 2015** The Welsh Wildlife Centre is an award winning Visitor Centre situated in the beautiful Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve. The site is managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and all profits from the Centre go towards the conservation work carried out in the region by the Trust. The Centre includes our hugely popular Glasshouse Cafe & Gift Shop, and all three floors are fully accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Toilets, baby changing facilities and children's activities are also available. During the school holidays and at weekends, we also run a huge array of events for adults, children and families. You can also pick up a copy of our guidebook, hire binoculars so you can discover the wonders of the surrounding nature reserve or children can also hire an Adventure Backpack containing lots of different and fun activities to explore the site. Out on the reserve, there are six bird hides and these look out over the multiple habitats that occur at Teifi Marshes. Our Explorer Trail is completely accessible for wheelchairs, as is the first stretch of our Wetland Trail which forms part of cycle route 82 running between Cilgerran and Cardigan along a disused railway line reclaimed by nature! Other trails on our reserve include the beautiful Woodland Trail which is covered with bluebells in spring, and the more adventurous and challenging Gorge Trail with stunning scenery of the River Teifi. Popular wildlife that can be seen on the reserve include otters, kingfishers, deer and between April and September, Asian water buffalo graze the site. The reserve is home to the second largest reed bed in Wales, and this is a vital habitat for many bird species such as various types of warblers including the elusive cettis warbler and a large population of water rails. You'll be amazed at what you can find around the Visitor Centre also! Out on our meadow, you will find Helyg - our giant willow badger and in front of the Centre, we have a living willow maze, deer sculpture and further along a children's play area. Fancy staying on the reserve overnight once all the visitors have gone? You can do that too! Book a stay at our onsite holiday accommodation, Oak Tree Cottage - the perfect retreat for couples of a family of four! There's plenty to see and do at the Welsh Wildlife Centre so be sure to pay us a visit if you are in the area!
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Bailey T
Nottingham, UK72 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Parking is £4 for the day but the machines weren't working at all so to pay you had to walk to the visitor centre which we doubt many people did.

There is an accessible walk going past the visitor centre and cafe although we didn't do this one. We did the longer red walk which was generally well surfaced with sections of boardwalk which were quite new and other parts in a worse state of repair.

The reserve is dog friendly on the lead although there is a lack of poo bins.

The hides are well kept but generally close to the path so not too quiet. A board identifying reported sightings is in the visitor centre.
Written March 2, 2022
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Como
43 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Lovely walk around the area with 2 dogs. New boardwalks have been installed from our last visit. The hides were open and COVID instructions every where. Could hear but not see the birds but managed to see the water buffaloe. The cafe was very well prepared with the COVID guidelines and operating safe systems to enter the cafe. We had a Brie and cheese panini which was toasted and brought to us as we were sitting outside with a stunning view over the river. Car parking was £3 for all day which goes to the upkeep of the centre. A lovely day out.
Written May 29, 2021
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Gail G
Herefordshire, United Kingdom13 contributions
Aug 2021
We visited the Welsh Wildlife centre this week with our 17 month old grandson, we enjoyed all the lovely walks ,and the playground went down a treat, finished off with coffee and cake in the cafe! Superb all the cakes were gluten free which was so appreciated by my husband as he would not normally have such a choice it was hard to decide delicious. A wonderful place to spend time with the family. Thankyou
Written August 21, 2021
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jazzy
5 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
This is a lovely place and visited after reading that after a well earned break for the staff that it would open on the 15th Sept but when we got there the car park machine did not work and a few confused people were around thinking that it would be open then we saw a sign put up stating that it would not be open until the 18th. A local man walking his dog assured us that it was ok to walk around and some people do not pay to park anyway. We did not feel comfortable not being able to pay to park but although there are volunteer staff, the place should have at least a warden/ranger on duty especially after recent anti social behaviour. The boardwalk on the wetland walk near the mudhut hide is particularly dangerous and tilts over when you walk on it and there are no warnings. I luckily kept my balance and my partner guided me off by walking down the centre as there was no side support but it looked aged. We had to warn other people coming the other way. One lady was partially sighted so dread to think what may have happened. The boards have been replaced in parts but over the old walkways which is left rotting with plastic safety grip still attached which I would have thought was not all that good for the environment. However it is well worth a visit with some care in parts.
Written September 17, 2021
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M G
1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Family
I’ve been visiting the Welsh Wildlife Centre for many years and even volunteered there when I was a teenager many years ago, so have fond memories of it. We haven’t managed to come in about 5 years and were genuinely shocked and dismayed by what we found today. The site seems to have been left to go to ruin. The children’s play area could have been wonderful but was overgrown with brambles and nettles, steps were eroding and some platforms were rotting to the point that it was unsafe for young children. The beautiful central area, with its stunning glass fronted visitor centre, has been utterly ruined by a large and incredibly ugly army style building being stuck in front of it. With acres of land available, it’s difficult to understand how anyone could have thought it was a good idea to stick something that resembles a run down public toilet slap bang in the middle of what was such a beautiful vista. We also found many paths impassable and cordoned off. Even the long entrance lane was so overgrown that we had to stop and clear the road of a fallen tree (ripped off by their food delivery lorry we think) to get out. The toilets were smelly and dirty, and the payment machine in the carpark was out of order which would have lost them about £200 in revenue based on the cars in the carpark during our short visit alone. It’s as though whoever’s managing the site no longer cares.
Written July 24, 2021
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Emily H
Sandhurst, UK206 contributions
Aug 2021
A lovely site with some stunning views over the local area. The walk around the wetland area provides a number of hides from which to try to spot some of the wildlife. We were not particularly successful but the views over the wetland and the river were good. The walk around the wetland trail was enjoyable but there were no distance markers to indicate how far it was and some of the paths were very poorly maintained. Some arrows or signs to help visitors know where they were and what was coming up/how far of the loop remaining would have been useful. I took a photo of the map that was in the carpark on my phone but without this, wouldn't have had any idea where we were on the trail.
The shop has some lovely items to buy including local crafts and items linked to wildlife. The cafe offers a range of drinks, cakes and light lunches. We enjoyed our food (baguette and panini plus two slices of cake) but the ordering system was incredibly slow with one poor person trying to take orders, serve the cakes and also write down the Track & Trace information. This meant the queue was excessively long and social distancing was impossible.
Written August 3, 2021
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Marie
5 contributions
Sep 2019
A delightful place for walking round, with views over the River Teifi and opportunities to stop and pause in one of the bird watching hides. The cafe has an interesting and varied menu, food is fresh and local. The only downside is that it’s a vast echoing building so can be very noisy if it’s full. But you can escape onto the deck to have lunch in peace if you’re lucky.
Written January 11, 2020
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John
Haverfordwest, UK316 contributions
Feb 2020
The children loved the walks, spotting birds, splashing in puddles and making use of the play park. All 10 of us enjoyed the walk and scenery. Well worth a visit if in the area and the £3 parking fee is well worth it as everything else is free.
Written February 21, 2020
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Ruth P
Cheltenham, UK3 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Having travelled over an hour to get there, it was extremely disappointing that the car park was full. So we had to leave without going in. There is no one way system in the car park causing confusion. Cars were parked poorly taking up more than one space. There is no overflow car park and no-one about to ask. It is not clear if you can park at the Fforest car park but then it is a 20 minute walk along the single file road which is quite dangerous for small children. There were many people having to do the same thing - lost revenue. How can we risk trying again when the same thing could happen again. I know it is the summer holidays so will be a busy time but you are losing a lot of revenue. Please think how this could be improved. Unfortunately won’t try again for a little while.
Written August 19, 2021
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greenprincess222
Pembrokeshire, UK448 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
We enjoyed a walk here today following the red route which is very mixed in terms of accessibility. The boardwalks are broken in places. Hides are good. Carpark isn’t huge but we had a nice time and would definitely come back.
Written January 16, 2022
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