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Lampeter, known in Welsh as Llambed, which is an abbreviation of Llanbedr Pont Steffan (St Peter's by Stephen's Bridge). As a university and market town, Lampeter has an interesting history.


Lampeter University is the oldest college establishment in Britain after Oxford and Cambridge and was founded by Royal Charter in 1822. Until the 1970s it was a centre for religious training for priests and today it is the smallest university town in the UK with around 1,500 students.

Surrounded by beautiful Ceredigion countryside – places to visit include Denmark Farm Conservation Centre with wildlife trails, birdhides plus craft and eco activities.

The Romans once mined for gold at Pumpsaint, near Lampeter at a site now managed by the National Trust and open to visitors who can try their hand at panning for gold.

If you're looking for somewhere to stay in and around Lampeter, take a look at our accommodation pages.​