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18th April 2014

Getting To and Around Cardigan Bay

Traveller's Tips - some local knowledge to help make your journey to and around Cardigan Bay Cardiganshire (Ceredigion) an enjoyable part of your holiday.

Road Travel

There are four main routes into West Wales from England.

Ceredigion is both the ancient and modern name for Cardiganshire. So when you see

Ceredigion
Croeso - Welcome

You have arrived!

One of the cheapest places to buy petrol in West Wales is at the Cross Hands Services on the A48 east of Carmarthen.


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Try the A40 via Oxford to Lampeter and then on to the Ceredigion coast.
It might take all day but there is a very pleasant journey through some interesting towns and villages.
The scenery of the Breacon Beacons in Mid Wales is delightful.

From London and Southern England. (About 4-5 hours) M4 /A48 to Carmarthen and then the A484 to Newcastle Emlyn and Cardigan.

From the North Midlands (About 3 hours) Try the M54/A5 to Telford, then A458/A470/A489 to Machynlleth and the A487 to Aberystwyth.

From London and Southern England. (About 4-5 hours) M4 /A48 to Carmarthen and then the A484 to Newcastle Emlyn and Cardigan.

From the North Midlands (About 3 hours) Try the M54/A5 to Telford, then A458/A470/A489 to Machynlleth and the A487 to Aberystwyth.

The journey from Manchester takes you through the beautiful Snowdonia National Park.
Why not stop at the Centre for Alternative Technology two miles north of Machynlleth. Great for lunch!

If you're not an UK resident and you’re hiring a car, you might not know that car insurance is compulsory. It's also worth having breakdown cover as parts of Mid Wales are quite remote! Websites like Confused.com can help you with both of these.