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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lynx Cat

The Animalarium

Borth Zoo, Borth, Ceredigion, SY24 5NA

The Animalarium Borth Zoo is a collection of exotic, unusual and interesting animals to amuse and delight you.

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 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.

Ffestiniog Railway

Ffestiniog Railway

Harbour Station, PORTHMADOG, Gwynedd, LL49 9NF

The Ffestiniog Railway is the oldest independent railway company in the world, established in 1832.

Tubing

Cardigan Bay Active

The Scout Hall Boat House , The Strand, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1EX

We are currently able to offer activities on the land, on the sea and on the river which include: Bushcraft, Coasteering, River & Sea Kayaking, Rock Climbing & Abseiling and even White Water Tubing!

Parc Penrhos

Parc Penrhos

Llanrhystud, nr Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 5AY

Parc Penrhos is a family owned leisure & holiday complex with accommodation, restaurant & golf club with immaculate 18 hole course & 9 hole academy course situated between Aberystwyth & Aberaeron.

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.

Talyllyn Railway

Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway

Gorsaf Wharf Station, Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 9EY

Historic narrow-gauge steam railway set in beautiful, unspoilt Snowdonia. Running from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol, the line passes the delightful Dolgoch Falls and there are excellent forest walks at Nant Gwernol.

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.

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.

Fantasy Farm Park

Fantasy Farm Park

Hafod Peris, Llanrhystud, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 5DA

Fantasy Farm Park is situated in the heart of the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside.

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.

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.

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.

Mid Wales Beaches

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.

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/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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mwnt Beach

Mwnt Beach

Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1QH

Mwnt, about 4.5 miles from Cardigan, is named after the conical hill (Foel y Mwnt) that rises above this popular beach. It is an ideal place to spot bottlenose dolphins, basking sharks and porpoises in the distance!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Harlech Beach

Harlech Beach

Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2UG

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

Ynyslas Beach

Ynyslas Beach

Borth, Ceredigion, SY24 5JZ

Ynyslas has three stunning miles of golden beach stretching from Borth in the south to the sand dunes in the north. It is a majestic spot for walking, picnics and windsurfing.

Clarach South Beach

Clarach South Beach

Aberystwyth, SY23 3DL

Clarach South beach lies about a mile along the Ceredigion Coast Path over Constitution Hill from Aberystwyth, or about three miles through a nature reserve and the village of Llangorwen.

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.

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Coastal Towns

Penrhyndeudraeth

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.

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

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.

Arthog

Arthog

Arthog

Arthog is a village and community on the A493 near Fairbourne, 7 miles south-west of Dolgellau; it has a population of just over 1,000.

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.

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

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.

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.

Aberdyfi Harbour

Aberdyfi/Aberdovey

Aberdovey

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

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.

Llanrhystud

Llanrhystud

Llanrhystud

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

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.

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.

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