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Beaches and Coast in Mid Wales

Mid Wales boasts miles of unspoilt coastline, award-winning beaches and if you are very lucky you might even spot a few dolphins that are regular visitors in Cardigan Bay.

You'll find small seaside towns and villages, coastal walks overlooking Cardigan Bay, wonderful wildlife, watersport activities, and everything else that you would expect from one of the finest coastlines in the UK.

The historic town of Cardigan is the starting point for the Mid Wales section of the Wales Coast Path, and on your travels why not jump aboard the Cambrian Coast Railway which has recently been recognised as one of the world’s most spectacular railway trips.

Highlights to discover include Cardigan Castle, Llanerchaeron near the coastal town of Aberaeron, the University town of Abersytwyth - the largest town on the Mid Wales coast, explore the Dyfi Biosphere, and on the Snowdonia Coast, visit Portmeirion in the north with nearby Barmouth in the shadow of the Mawddach Estuary and Cader Idris.

Days Out By The Coast

Anglers at Sunset

Tywyn

Gwynedd, LL36 0DF

Tywyn is a seaside town on the north coast of Cardigan Bay. The name Tywyn comes from the Welsh word for beach or sand dunes.

Borth Beach

Borth/Y Borth

Borth, Ceredigion, SY24 5JU

Borth is a coastal village just 7 miles north of Aberystywth. During summer its many camp sites and holiday parks are home to hundreds of visitors to the area - many of whom have been returning here for years.

Dragon Trail Walking Holidays

Dragon Trails Walking Holidays

Parc y gors, Ponthirwaun, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 2RH

Guided walking holidays on the Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion Coasts with full board in an idyllic country house near Cardigan. Singles, couples and groups all welcome.

Mermaid Spa Portmeirion

Mermaid Spa Portmeirion

Portmerion Village, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL48 6ER

The Mermaid Spa removes you a little from your normal life and touches you with a little of the magic of the Portmeirion experience.

Welsh Highland Railway (Porthmadog)

Welsh Highland Heritage Railway

The Station Building, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9DY

The WHR (Porthmadog) is a small, friendly railway where the train ride is just part of the experience. Free guided tours at the sheds. Vintage train.

Cardigan Bay Watersports

Cardigan Bay Watersports

Sandy Slip, Glanmor Terrace, New Quay, Ceredigion, SA45 9PS

Learn the basics or develop your skills in wonderful surroundings under the guidance of our expert staff.

Pennau Crafts & Coffee Shop

Pennau Craft & Coffee Shop

Bow Street, Nr Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY24 5AA

Pennau Craft and Coffee Shop in the village of Bow Street is just four miles north of the busy coastal resort of Aberystwyth. At Pennau Craft Coffee Shop, the accent is firmly on offering the best that Wales has to offer.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3DE

The award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre is Wales’ largest arts centre and facilities includes the Great Hall, Theatre, Galleries, Cinema, Craftshop, Bookshop, Workshop spaces, Pottery, Restaurant, Cafe and Bars.

Fforest Outdoor

Fforest Camp

Tefi Warf, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 3AA

A wide range of activities and the playground to suit, from sea kayaking around Cardigan Island to canoeing on rapids in the River Teifi Gorge to Coasteering at Witches Cauldron.

Morfa Harlech Nature Reserve

Morfa Harlech Nature Reserve (NRW)

Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2UR

Morfa Harlech is one of two extensive sand dune systems which make up much of the Meirionnydd coastline, extending form the Mawddach estuary in the south to Black Rock Sands in the north west.

Visitor Centre Cafe

Rheidol Visitor Centre and Power Station

Rheidol Hydro Power Station, Cwmrheidol, nr Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3NF

The Rheidol hydropower plant is the largest of its kind in England and Wales. Guided tours of the power station at set times, visitor centre and interactive display.

small world centre / canolfan byd bychan

Small World Theatre

Bath House Road, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1JY

Small World Theatre is an iconic near zero carbon venue in the heart of the community of Cardigan, Ceredigion.

Welsh Wildlife Centre

Welsh Wildlife Centre

Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales, Cilgerran, Cardigan, Pembrokeshire, SA43 2TB

Visitor centre situated on Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve containing Glasshouse Cafe, Welsh Wildlife Centre Gift Shop, Wildlife Trust information. Discover nature through play, adventure, creativity & reflection. Several walks.

Old College, Aberystwyth

The Old College, Aberystwyth

University of Aberystwyth, King Street, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2BH

The Old College, Aberystwyth is a building that forms part of the University of Aberystwyth. It was built in 1795 by John Nash and is the site of the original University of Aberystwyth - the first University in Wales founded in 1872.

Fairbourne Golf Club

Fairbourne Golf Club

Penrhyn Drive North, Fairbourne, Gwynedd, LL38 2DJ

The Golf Club is a Community Project with a 1,000 yard hole par 3 lcourse set in an idyllic location and open to the general public. It is challenging enough for the old hands, but not too daunting for beginners.

The Miners Trail

Silver Mountain Experience

Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3AB

A family attraction with actor led shows in one of Wales’ scariest underground experiences. Above ground a 7 acre fantasy realm with water play, caters for younger children, whilst the Miners Trail & exhibition offers a glimpse of the past.

PM Overhead

Portmeirion Village

Portmeirion, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd, LL48 6ET

This unique village is set on its own private peninsula on the southern shores of Snowdonia. It was created by Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis to demonstrate how a naturally beautiful place could be developed without spoiling it.

Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

Cliff Terrace, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2DN

The Aberystwyth Electric Cliff Railway is the longest in Britain and the only one in Wales. Its 778 feet undulating track and tilted carriages are the unique work of Victorian engineer G. Croyden Marks.

Vale of Rheidol Railway

Vale of Rheidol Railway

Park Avenue, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1PG

All aboard the Vale of Rheidol for an unforgettable journey through the beautiful Rheidol Valley by narrow gauge steam train. Sit back, relax and let us take you on a nostalgic journey through some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery.

Magic of Life Butterfly House

Magic of Life Butterfly House

Cwmrheidol, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3NB

Come and see some of the largest and most colourful butterflies in the world! We exhibit species from all over the tropics. Our wildlife garden has many varieties of plants specifically for butterflies.

Mid Wales Beaches

Aberystwyth South Beach

Aberystwyth South Beach

Ceredigion, SY23 1JX

Quieter than the town's North Beach, Aberystwyth's long South Beach is sandwiched between the town's castle and the harbour breakwater.

Poppit Sands

Poppit Sands Beach

Cardigan, Pembrokeshire, SA43 3LN

Poppit Sands has gently sloping sands and extensive dunes - it is the mouth of the Teifi Estuary and the start of the 186 mile long Pembrokeshire Coast path.

Aberporth - Dolwen & Dyffryn Beaches

Aberporth - Dolwen & Dyffryn Beaches

Aberporth Ceredigion, SA43 2DD

Aberporth, a pretty coastal village, shelters two beautiful sandy beaches named Dolwen and Dyffryn. Low tide comes complete with little rock pools on the sandy beach where children gather for hours of entertainment.

Llangrannog & Cilborth Beaches

Llangrannog & Cilborth Beaches

Llangrannog, Ceredigion, SA44 6SN

Originally a hidden village above the old port, Llangrannog is now a popular beach and together with Cilborth immediately to the north, provides a favourite destination for families on days out, beach holidays and with surfers.

Harlech Beach

Harlech Beach

Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2UG

A large, sandy and peaceful beach surrounded by dunes within the Snowdonia National Park.

Tywyn Beach

Tywyn Beach

Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 0DF

The west facing beach at Tywyn is a long stretch of sand and pebbles backed by sand dunes.

Aberdyfi/Aberdovey Beach

Aberdyfi/Aberdovey Beach

Aberdyfi, Gwynedd, LL35 0RT

The popular beach of perfect sand and the occasional sand dune extends for miles, from Aberdyfi all the way to Tywyn.

Aberdyfi Beach

Aberdyfi

Aberdyfi/Aberdovey Beach, Aberdyfi, LL35 0RT

A small harbour resort situated within the Snowdonia National Park at the mouth of the River Dovey.

Aberystwyth North Beach

Aberystwyth North Beach

Ceredigion, SY23 2AZ

Aberystwyth's Blue Flag North Beach and seafront is a focal point of the town and a favourite attraction for visitors and locals alike.

Penbryn Beach

Penbryn Beach

Llangrannog, Ceredigion, SA44 6QL

Owned by the National Trust, Penbryn lies between Tresaith and Llangrannog, two other popular coves linked by the Wales Coast Path and a network of quiet wooded lanes.

Bennar Beach

Bennar Beach, Tal-y-bont

Tal-y-bont, Barmouth, Gwynedd, LL44 2HD

To the north of Barmouth near Tal-y-bont, Bennar's fine, sandy beach is backed by the occasional sand dune.

Barmouth Beach

Barmouth Beach

Barmouth, Gwynedd, LL42 1NE

Barmouth is southern Snowdonia’s most popular seaside resort. In summer, its big sandy beach is a magnet for visitors, yet there’s so much space along miles of unbroken sands that it never gets overcrowded.

New Quay Harbour, Dolau & Traeth Gwyn

New Quay Harbour, Dolau & Traeth Gwyn

New Quay, Ceredigion, SA45 9PS

New Quay’s Harbour Beach has stunning golden sands to rival any and has become a favourite for fishing and water sports enthusiasts. New Quay’s other beaches are Dolau & Traeth Gwyn.

Fairbourne Beach

Fairbourne Beach

Fairbourne, Gwynedd, LL38 2DX

A two mile stretch of sand backed by steep pebble banks and surrounded by the Snowdonia National Park.

Aberaeron South Beach: Image Credit Janet Baxter

Aberaeron South Beach

Ceredigion, SA46 0BE

A rock and shingle beach just to the south of the town and harbour.

Aberystwyth - Tanybwlch Beach

Aberystwyth - Tanybwlch Beach

Ceredigion, SY23 1BJ

The large sweep of the pebbled Tanybwlch beach is to the south of the harbour at Aberystwyth.

Dyffryn (Llanendwyn) Beach

Dyffryn (Llanendwyn) Beach

Dyffryn Ardudwy, Barmouth, Gwynedd, LL44 2HD

Dyffryn (Llanendwyn) is a long sandy beach backed by an extensive sand dune system between Shell Island and Dyffryn Ardudwy.

Borth Beach

Borth Beach

Ceredigion, SY24 5LJ

Borth's sandy beach is the longest in Ceredigion. With three miles of gently shelving golden sand this Blue Flag Beach is especially popular with families with younger children and sailboard enthusiasts.

Tresaith Beach

Tresaith Beach

Aberporth, Ceredigion, SA43 2JL

The small village of Tresaith, just to the east of Aberporth, overlooks this attractive sandy beach; popular for sailing and surfing; there are rock pools to explore and even a waterfall.

Llandanwg Beach

Llandanwg Beach

Llandanwg, Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2SD

Llandanwg beach is just south of Harlech; the village is famous for its church which stands just a stone's throw from the sea.

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Coastal Towns

Portmeirion

Penrhyndeudraeth

Penrhyndeudraeth

Penrhyndeudraeth is a village located near the coast east of Porthmadog and north-east of Harlech; it has a population of 2,150.

Anglers at Sunset

Tywyn

Tywyn

Tywyn is a seaside town on the north coast of Cardigan Bay. The name Tywyn comes from the Welsh word for beach or sand dunes.

Cenarth

Cenarth

Cardigan

Cenarth is a fascinating village on the border of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. The focus of the village is the Cenarth Falls, a series of small waterfalls and pools on the River Teifi and a well known salmon leap.

Borth Beach

Borth/Y Borth

Borth

Borth is a coastal village just 7 miles north of Aberystywth. During summer its many camp sites and holiday parks are home to hundreds of visitors to the area - many of whom have been returning here for years.

Aberporth

Aberporth

Cardigan

Set picturesquely overlooking two sandy beaches, the resort village of Aberporth is one of West Wales' most favoured family holiday locations.

Llanrhystud

Llanrhystud

Llanrhystud

Llanrhystud is a large village located at the junction of the A487 and B4337 midway between Aberystwyth and Aberaeron.

Cardigan

Cardigan/Aberteifi

Cardigan

The town of Cardigan sits on the border between Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire and provides a perfect base from which to explore what each county has to offer

Harlech Castle

Harlech

Harlech

This historic town located on the Cardigan Bay Coast, is best known for Harlech Castle, which today is recognised as a World Heritage site. Harlech also boasts fantastic beaches and one of Wales' finest golf courses.

New Quay

New Quay/Cei Newydd

New Quay

New Quay, with its picturesque houses, pubs and restaurants, clings to the sides of the hills rising above the blue waters of Cardigan Bay and is one of the jewels of the Cambrian Coast.

Aberdyfi Harbour

Aberdyfi/Aberdovey

Aberdovey

Aberdyfi is a small seaside village on the north side of the Dyfi estuary in southern Snowdonia.

Barmouth

Barmouth/Abermaw

Barmouth

Barmouth, or Abermaw or even Y Bermo as it is known in Welsh, has officially been 'Beautiful' for over a century and has flourished into a popular seaside resort.

Llangrannog

Llangrannog

Cardigan

Llangrannog is a small, coastal village and seaside resort in Ceredigion, seven miles south of New Quay. It lies in the narrow valley of the little River Hawen, which falls as a waterfall near the middle of the village.

Aberaeron

Aberaeron

Aberaeron

Aberaeron offers everything one might expect from a seaside holiday destination with shops, beaches and a picturesque harbour. The pastel coloured Regency houses help to make it one of the prettiest towns in Wales.

Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth

Viewed by many as the culture capital of Wales, it is home to the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth University and the Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

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