Cardiganshire Record Office

Cardiganshire Record Office, referred to as Ceredigion Archives, was established in 1974 and is the Record Office of the county previously called Cardiganshire (Sir Aberteifi) but now called Ceredigion.  They are located in Aberystwyth's old Town Hall.

They preserve and collect resources relating to the history of Cardiganshire, and then make them accessible to the public.

You are able to conduct research on many different subjects, such as family history, local history, old vehicle registrations and many more. Resources held include census returns, parish registers, wills and testaments and quarter sessions records.  These resources will be useful whether you are researching for a school project or completing university degree work.

The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to give advice and assistance if you have any queries.

Information about Cardiganshire Record Office

Postal Address:

Ceredigion Archives 
Old Town Hall
Queen's Square
Aberystwyth 
Ceredigion 
SY23 2EB 

Telephone Numbers:

01970 633697 
01970 633698

E-Mail:

archives@ceredigion.gov.uk 

For information regarding their collections, please visit their collections page, where an online catalogue is accessible.  Collections include:

  • Census Returns
  • Electoral Registers
  • Local Government Records
  • Marine Board of Trade Maps
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Nonconformist Registers

Collections also incorporate:

  • Parish Records
  • Parish Registers
  • Public Records
  • Quarter Sessions
  • Valuation Lists

Their opening hours can be found by going to their visiting us page.

It is best to contact Cardiganshire Record Office before setting off to avoid disappointment, especially if travelling a long distance.  



Situated in Aberystwyth's old Town Hall, they are about ten minutes walk from the railway and bus stations. Free on-street parking is offered in Aberystwyth town centre and along the sea front, but these may not be available in the holiday season when the town becomes busier. Should you be unable to park in these locations, there are many pay and display car parks in the town.

There is a selection of eating establishments in Terrace Road, which is a stimulating walk along the prom. There are numerous cafes and restaurants in the town.

There is the option to photocopy documents if it will not cause damage to them, but a charge is made for this service. It is free to use a digital camera to take a photograph of any document, but this is subject to the same restrictions. You also have to fill out a copyright declaration form.

If you are unable to visit in person, a Research Service is offered. Initial Research following an enquiry is free of charge; any possible follow ups are chargeable.

Ceredigion Archives is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network)