CARDIGAN is among 10 locations in Wales named among the Best Places to Live in Britain by The Sunday Times.

The accolade comes ahead of the full reveal of The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide, including the overall winner, which is published on Sunday, April 14.

Cardigan was also recently highly commended in the Great British High Street Awards 2018, where it just missed out on top honours in the ‘Rising Star’ category.

Cllr Clive Davies said: "Once again Cardigan has been highly thought of in the context of a great place to live. We have so many positives as a town and locations.

"For the tourist - we are a coastal town within minutes of award-winning beaches and marine wildlife, our landmark award-winning castle and the wildlife park.

"We are a clever little market town with our App and Wifi scheme gathering information for our traders.

"The town itself is a mix of small independents which all know and work with each other for the gain of the town overall - take for example the recent Cancer Care campaign.

"Also , the food and drink - a wide variety of award-winning venues and food offers such as El Salsa, Crwst and Bara Menyn to name a few.

"As a place to live we have a relatively low crime area and a close community who get involved, working as one.

"We as Cardis can rightly have a pride in our market town."

The latest Sunday Times supplement assesses a wide range of factors, from employment, schools and broadband speed to culture, community spirit and local shops, in order to compile the definitive top locations to live.

It says of Cardigan: "This tidal town on the River Teifi seemed to shake itself into a renewed sense of life when its 900-year-old castle reopened in 2015 after a £12m makeover. The tidy-up extends to the remodelled waterfront and the pretty — and useful — high street, where there’s a daily market (closed on Sunday) in the arched cellar of the Guildhall.

"The busiest buyers of late have been early retirees and lifestyle-shifters with the ability to work from home. 

"New restaurants have flocked to Cardigan like seagulls following the trawler, and you can feed the mind as well as the body: there’s a thriving arts centre with a three-screen cinema, a public library and a stellar bookshop, Bookends.

"Why we love it: The coast that now offers the most."

The methodology to rate Cardigan uses robust statistics, including exclusive, up-to-date house prices provided by Habito and TwentyCi, but also the knowledge of The Sunday Times’s expert panel.

The judges combine the hard data with their own on-the-ground experience and insight to ensure the chosen locations truly are places where everyone can thrive.

Helen Davies, The Sunday Times Home editor said: "Finding our very own best place to live now feels more important than ever, for our wellbeing and wealth, happiness and health.

“Wherever you are on the property ladder The Sunday Times has championed 101 locations across the UK that we think is a great place to make a home.

"This year we were looking for community spirit along with convenience and culture. There is so much going on around the country, and so many great places that the choice was a hard one."

Crickhowell in Powys was named as the overall Best Place to Live in Wales.

The Sunday Times best Place to Live: Wales

Crickhollow, Powys; Aberdyfi, Gwynedd; Abersoch, Gwynedd; Cardigan, Ceredigion; Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire; Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire; Montgomery, Powys; Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan; St David’s, Pembrokeshire; Swansea: Mumbles.

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