Lampeter area guide
It is widely accepted that rugby was introduced to Wales by the Rev. Professor Rowland Williams, who became Vice-Principal of St David’s College in 1850 and who’d played Rugby Football as a student at Kings College, Cambridge. The Welsh Rugby Union recognises Lampeter’s importance to the birth of rugby in Wales, and articles in the University’s archives mention playing rugby at
Lampeter in the 1850s.
The monument is situated on the university Campus between the Library and Canterbury Building.
The Lampeter Museum, located in the old University Porter's Lodge is open on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 4pm.
University of Wales, Trinity St David
Lampeter is home to the oldest University in Wales. Founded in 1822, by Bishop Burgess of Saint David's. The University now offers a mix of traditional and modern courses, and is pioneering teaching over the internet. The grounds are open to the public, and you are welcome to visit. The Founders Library, in the Old Building contains a fascinating collection of books, and hosts a variety of exhibitions throughout the year. The University Chapel, also located in the Old Building is a must for any visitor.
There are a number of interesting places to visit only a few miles from Lampeter.
This 18th-century Welsh gentry estate with house, walled gardens and home farm, designed and built by John Nash is now in the care of the National Trust. It has many unaltered features including service courtyard with dairy, laundry, brewery and salting house. It is only 20 mins by car and the 40 bus service from Lampeter passes close by.
Dolaucothi Gold Mines
Visit the Dolaucothi Gold Mines in Pumsaint, in use from Roman times to the 20th century. There are guided tours of the underground workings and fantastic walks in the beautiful Cothi Valley. Only 15 minutes by car from Lampeter.