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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.

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.

Harry's Bar and Bistro

Harry's Bar & Bistro

40-46 North Parade, Aberystwyth, SY23 2NF

Join us at Harry’s Bar & Bistro and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, occasional live music and delicious food. Come for a quiet drink in our bar or partying the weekend away.

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.

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.

Plas Dolau

Plas Dolau Country Estate

Lovesgrove, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3HP

Plas Dolau Country Estate is set in 25 acres of peaceful countryside in the heart of the Rheidol Valley just 3 miles from the sea. The main lounge in Plas Dolau provides comfortable accommodation for small to medium sized meetings.

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.

Go girls!

Laserfun Wales

Morfa Camp, Sandilands Road, Tywyn, LL36 9AS

Welcome to Laserfun Wales! We provide fun action-packed events for families, work groups, holiday makers, hens, stags and anyone who wants to have a great time.

Cardigan Castle

Cardigan Castle

Green Street, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1JA

Cardigan Castle is one of the most important castles in Wales - the first stone castle built by a Welshman and the birthplace of the first eisteddfod in 1176.

Gwersyll Llangrannog

Gwersyll yr Urdd Llangrannog

Llangrannog, Llandysul, Ceredigion, SA44 6AE

Gwersyll yr Urdd, Llangrannog is a residential centre on the West Wales coast that was set up in 1932.

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.

Dolphin Survey Boat Ride

Dolphin Survey Boat Trips

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, Cilgraig, Gilfachreda, Nr New Quay, SA45 9SP

Join us as we survey the Bottlenose Dolphins of Cardigan Bay. Research funded by the paying public.

Barmouth

Barmouth/Abermaw

Southern Snowdonia, LL42 1NE

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.

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.

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.

Narrow Gauge Railway Museum

Narrow Gauge Railway Museum

Talyllyn Railway, Gorsaf Wharf Station, Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 9EY

The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum is an important collection of artifacts relating to Narrow Gauge Railways in the British Isles. From complete locomotives to tickets, it is a unique and comprehensive record of these fascinating railways.

Internal Fire Museum of Power

Internal Fire Museum of Power

Castell Pridd Farm, Tanygroes, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 2JS

The Internal Fire Museum collection covers early oil engines through to gas turbines but with the emphasis on diesel power from the 1920s to the 1960s. Exhibits are displayed in as near to original working environment.

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

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.

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.

Pembrey Country Park

Cefn Sidan Beach

Pembrey Country Park, Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, SA16 0EJ

Described as one of Europe's best beaches, this eight mile stretch of long golden sand is one of the treasures of the Pembrey Country Park.

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.

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.

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.

Dinas Dinlle

Dinas Dinlle Beach

Dinas Dinlle, LL54 5TW

A large expanse of beach with vast areas of sand from mid-tide level. The beach offers exceptional views of the Llyn Peninsula and Llanddwyn Island.

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.

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.

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.

Morfa Nefyn

Morfa Nefyn Beach

Morfa Nefyn, Nefyn, Gwynedd, LL53 6ED

A long sweeping sheltered sandy bay nestling behind the Nefyn headland.

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.

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.

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.

Harlech Beach

Harlech Beach

Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2UG

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

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.

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.

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 Promenade

Aberystwyth Pier

Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2AG

The Aberystwyth Pier at the southern end of the North Beach in the centre of the promenade was the first to open in Wales in 1865.

Pendine Beach

Pendine Beach

Pendine, Carmarthenshire, SA33 4NY

7 miles of golden sand at this popular resort beach with bathing, dramatic cliffs and rock pools. Renowned for its land speed record history.

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Coastal Towns

Aberporth

Aberporth

Cardigan

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Portmeirion

Portmeirion

Penrhyndeudraeth

The Italianate village of Portmeirion is located just south-west of Penrhyndeudraeth and was created by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1976.

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

Llanrhystud

Llanrhystud

Llanrhystud

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

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.

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.

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.

Aberdyfi Harbour

Aberdyfi/Aberdovey

Aberdovey

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

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