Lampeter is a town in Ceredigion, South West Wales and is famous for its university campus. The earliest reference to Lampeter was around 1187, when Owain Gwynedd destroyed the King's castle of Stephen's Bridge and the remains of this castle later became the foundations for a college building, which still forms part of the university campus.
Transport in Lampeter was improved with the opening of the railway in 1866, which linked the town to both Carmarthen and Aberystwyth, as well as the seaside resort of Aberaeron. Regular bus services operate through the town, connecting Lampeter to the larger towns of Aberystwyth, Carmarthen and Swansea.
The town of Lampeter boasts excellent shops and places to eat, as well as a broad variety of accommodation choices, ranging from stylish hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts. The surrounding areas are popular destinations for walkers and cyclists, as well as wildlife watchers and artists.
Llanerchaeron, Ciliau Aeron, near Aberaeron, Ceredigion SA48 8DG (01545) 570200
Nine miles from Lampeter is the intriguing Llanerchaeron; an 18th Century gentry estate that was designed by John Nash, the famous architect of Buckingham Palace and Brighton’s Royal Pavilion.
This regency-style villa has been restored by the National Trust and visitors can now explore its Billiard Room, central staircase and Drawing Room; as well as visit its two walled gardens.