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Welsh Wildlife Centre

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Address: Cilgerran, Cardigan SA43 2TB, Wales
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+44 1239 621600
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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**Under New Management for 2015**

The Welsh Wildlife Centre is an award...

**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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Although I have been a few times, I still don't think I have seen sell of this complex. I have done a walk that circulates the centre. I have been on family fun days. This place... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although I have been a few times, I still don't think I have seen sell of this complex. I have done a walk that circulates the centre. I have been on family fun days. This place is the best place to go with busy children to get rid of some energy, and also nice for a romantic or solo walk.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here in the week, for some lunch, very nice place to sit, looking out at the scenery. Coffee was good, nice and hot. Had a baguette, nice although would be good if salad is included in the price, rather than a bit extra. Will visit again.

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Thank alfie2017
Stafford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Free to enter after paying £3 car parking fee. Plenty of space for ids to burn off energy, great to explore nature and observe natural surrounds. Enjoyed watching river - hides available for lengthier bird watching. Great children's playground - not huge but slides to slip down, things to balance on, with interesting wooden animals sculpted into ex-trees. Nice shop/toilets... More 

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Thank Helen S
Purley, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Pleasant friendly service, nice cakes etc but please can you learn how to do a proper Flat White coffee. Just look it up on Google. It isn't a latte in a cup. Use a smaller cup, double espresso and less milk.

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Thank 834grahamd
Wildlife_Trust_SWW, Marketing, Communications and Legacy Fundraising Officer at Welsh Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks so much for your review. I have passed your comments onto the staff at The Glasshouse cafe inside The Welsh Wildlife Centre who will be sure to perfect this coffee for your next visit. Hopefully we can make your visit perfect next time :) We hope to see you very soon. The Wildlife Trust of South and West... More 

Province of Almeria, Spain
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

this could be a very nice place to walk in comfort, were it not for dogs running around off leads and owners not picking up after the dogs, apart from that its a pleasant place to go.

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Thank Julie B
Wildlife_Trust_SWW, Marketing, Communications and Legacy Fundraising Officer at Welsh Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Hi Julie, Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that your visit was tainted by dogs on the reserve. We do try our best to ensure all dogs owners on the reserve abide by good dog ownership e.g. keeping dogs on lead and picking up after their dogs. This is especially important for the local wildlife as... More 

Herefordshire, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Wonderful centre with great facilities and cafe but oh dear access for the mobility stretched disabled was sadly lacking. The lady who gave us the map was rather uncertain as to how far we could go and in fact my husband's mobility scooter was barred at so many points we gave up despite having been charged for car parking and... More 

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Thank Parky52
Wildlife_Trust_SWW, Marketing, Communications and Legacy Marketing Officer at Welsh Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks so much for your review. We are sorry to hear that your visit wasn't up to the standard that you had expected. Some of our staff in the centre are volunteers and may not have as much knowledge of the reserve as a member of staff would. We would be more than happy to speak to you about... More 

Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Beautiful setting with a series of walks in different environments. Free entry with £3 car park fee. I suspect the locals park in the village and walk into the park. The Gorge Trail is not for the faint hearted. Lovely cafe and interesting Centre. Bring your camera.

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Thank Yiannis52
Wildlife_Trust_SWW, Marketing, Communications and Legacy Marketing Officer at Welsh Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks so much for your lovely review. People who live locally to the reserve are eligible for free parking. A member of staff is always on hand at the centre should anyone wish for more information on this. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you at the reserve again... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Not knowing what to expect, we set off on the wetland walk, one of many around the center. Our first stop was the kingfisher hide and we were lucky enough to see this beautiful bird sitting and feeding. We found the walk to be pleasant, saw lots if critters and birds and had a thoroughly great day out. We ended... More 

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Thank Claire J
Wildlife_Trust_SWW, Marketing, Communications and Legacy Marketing Officer at Welsh Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Hi Claire, Thank you so much for your lovely review. We were so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and were even lucky enough to spot a kingfisher from one of the hides! We are aware that some of our boardwalks are not in great shape anymore and can only apologies. At the end of 2016 we managed... More 

Kettering, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

As we were staying on holiday ten minutes away from this centre we visited most days with our dog. It's a really great place for a day out. A huge area, well maintained, full of wildlife and easily accessible for everyone. We had stunning views of a kingfisher from a bird hide and deer in the fields. There is an... More 

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Thank sheila218
Wildlife_Trust_SWW, Marketing, Communications and Legacy Marketing Officer at Welsh Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Hi Sheila, Thank you so much for your lovely review of The Welsh Wildlife Centre. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the reserve so much that you visited most days while holidaying here. And we're glad you got to experience some of the beautiful wildlife here. We hope that you can visit us again in the future. The Wildlife Trust... More 

Farnborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

We were looking for a nice walk and came across this on trip advisor.. we went down the gorge path and back up the forest walk (I think it was called) took us a good hour and a half, up and down steps and hills with great views over the river. Wouldn't say this particular walk (the gorge) was young... More 

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Thank chris_gray88
Wildlife_Trust_SWW, Marketing, Communications and Legacy Marketing Officer at Welsh Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Hi Chris, Thank you so much for your review. We're glad to hear that you and your wife enjoyed some of the paths on our reserve (even if a few were a little more strenuous than others). Luckily we're not heading towards the goal of a Michelin star this year and will be concentrating on our local wildlife conservation but... More 

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