After many years in private hands Cardigan Castle was purchased by Ceredigion Country Council in 2003, then began a mission to save what was left of the castle and open it up to the public. During 2015 this mission had come to fruition and after a £12m restoration the castle is now open to the public.
Visitors to the castle today will discover a beautifully restored castle which now also houses a contemporary restaurant as well as an events venue. You can even hire the castle for your wedding!
The castle has a huge and varied history – built by Gilbert Fitz Richard it was handed over to his son in 1136 and during the same year even though the Town of Cardigan was defeated and raised to the ground by Owain Glyndwr the castle was successfully defended by the Normans, they did however, hand it over. Later recaptured by the Normas the castle was once again in the Welsh hands of Rhys ap Gruffydd by 1166 who rebuilt it in stone around 1171. This allowed for the first Eisteddfod in Wales to be held at Cardigan castle during 1176.
For many years, the Castle changed hands either from being sold or from being captured during battles. During the 18th century, it was used as the local prison.
Nowadays visitors are free to come and go as they please, enjoy a varied line up of entertainment and or just pop in for something to eat.