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18th April 2014

Cardigan Market and Guildhall

Cardigan Market and Guildhall

Cardigan Market is housed in one of the finest buildings in West Wales and is the focal point of the ancient market town of Cardigan.

Built in 1858-1860 Cardigan Guildhall reflects the great prosperity and civic pride that Cardigan enjoyed in the middle of the 19th century. The Guildhall was the first civic building in Britain to be built in the Ruskinian Gothic architectural style.

Built by local craftsmen in stone quarried at nearby Cilgerran, the two storied building must be one of the most picturesque town halls in Wales. The multi-arched basement, which now houses the market resembles the crypt of a great cathedral. The magnificent four-faced clock tower was added in 1892. Recent improvements to the building have included a beautiful gallery at street level and the building is now home to Menter Aberteifi.

A captured Russian field gun stands guard at the front of the Guildhall. It serves as a reminder that the 7th Earl of Cardigan was the commander who led the 11th Hussars in the historic and ill-fated charge of the Light Brigade on the Russian guns at Balaclava.

You must visit the Guildhall in the historic market town of Cardigan and enjoy its unique shopping ambience. Below is a list of the stalls and shops that can be found in the Market


Originally used as the Meat and Dairy Market, today the upper market food hall offers stalls selling Locally baked bread Fruit and vegetables Fresh and home cooked meats, cheeses and Welsh butter. And a variety of Local Craft Stalls. Also you can enjoy hot and cold food (including vegetarian), and other refreshments in the Café. Click on each stall name to see more.

Find out more about Cardigan Town.