If you expect to speak English in Newcastle Emlyn, you’d better start off by calling it by its Welsh name of Castell Newydd Emlyn, because over ninety percent of the people who were born in the town speak the national language and wouldn’t know what town you’re talking about with its English name.
The west Welsh town is astride two counties – Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire – and is divided by the Teifi River, with the section of town on the Credigion side known as Adpar, and old borough formerly known as Trefhedyn.
Buildings of note in the town are the remnants of a 13th century castle that dates from 1215, the town hall, and Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn – a notable secondary school. The Attic Theatre comprises both a theatre and art gallery, and nearby are the Museum of the Welsh Woolen Industry and the Teifi Valley Railway.
Small family businesses make up the extensive range of local services, and Newcastle Emlyn’s largest employer is the mozzarella cheese manufacturer, the Saputo factory.