One tiny town has been named among the best and prettiest places in the UK to find impressive presents for loved ones this Christmas.
Cardigan in the Welsh county of Ceredigion has been praised for its lack of tasteless tinsel and historic upmarket shops painted in all colours of the rainbow.
According to a list of the country’s best festive shopping centres published by the Times, the town with a population of about 4,000 people features some of the best independent shops of all varieties.
The Tonnau surf shop, Nant Designs card and book shop, and Custom House Gallery, which sells the work of local artists, are all among those praised.
The town itself features the picturesque Prince Charles Quay and breezy Cardigan Bay, which is steeped in history.
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During the early 1800s the town was one of Britain’s largest ports and it was the commercial centre of its county during the 18th and early 19th century.
In the 2000s the town underwent a major programme of building work to restore many of the shop facades in its centre to their traditional style.
The town is also home to Cardigan Castle, the Welsh Wildlife Centre and the Mwldan theatre and cinema complex.
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Cardigan is also packed with pubs for a post shopping drink including The Grosvenor, Lamb Inn and Saddlers Arms.
One of the town’s highest rated bed and breakfasts is the Albion Aberteifi hotel, which is inspired by the town’s maritime history.
Those wishing to visit the town for a shopping spree can book in for £165 per night for a double room.
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