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Dolphin Spotting Boat Trips - New Quay
Dolphin Spotting Boat Trips - New Quay

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 UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere Reserve, 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

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.

National Library of Wales

National Library of Wales

Rhiw Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3BU

The National Library is one of the great libraries of the world. Since 1911 it has enjoyed the right to collect, free of charge, a copy of every printed work published in Britain and Ireland

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.

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.

Narrow Guage 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.

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.

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.

Ffestiniog Railway

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Harbour Station, PORTHMADOG, Gwynedd, LL49 9NF

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

TrefeddianHotel Restaurant

Trefeddian Hotel

Aberdyfi, Gwynedd, LL35 0SB

The restaurant boasts an impressive 5 course Table D'Hote menu using fresh local produce whenever possible and is complemented by a fine selection of wine and friendly service.

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.

Piglets in the stockyard

Llanerchaeron

Aberaeron, Ceredigion, SA48 8DG

Llanerchaeron is a very special place. Its history, architecture and its setting combine to make it a rare survivor of traditional Welsh, self-sufficient, agricultural estate.

The Clock Shop

The Clock Shop

Unit 12, Aberaeron Craft Centre, Aberaeron, Ceredigion, SA46 0DX

Clock And Barometer Shop. Providing the complete clock and barometer quality service and advice. Repairs and restoration, free quotes given.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

White Water Rafting

Adventure Beyond

Ceredigion & Pembrokeshire, SA43 3BU

Adventure Beyond have been running adventure activities since 1977. We run a wide variety of activities across West Wales and the UK.

Mid Wales Beaches

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.

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.

Llanrhystud Beach

Llanrhystud Beach

Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 5BU

The beach at Llanrhystud is a narrow shingle bank at high tide, but at low tide it becomes wide and sandy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mwnt Beach

Mwnt Beach

Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1QH

Mwnt beach is about 4.5 miles north of Cardigan. It is a haven for wildlife, one of the best places on the coast to spot dolphins and always popular for days out on the beach - enjoy this hidden cove’s golden sand and rolling waves.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bennar Beach

Tal-y-bont Beach / Bennar Beach

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

Known locally as Benar Beach, Tal-y-Bont Beach is a sandy beach and good for surfing. The beach forms part of the large sand system of Morfa Dyffryn which are designated as an area of Special Scientific Interest.

Harlech Beach

Harlech Beach

Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2UG

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Mid Wales Coastal Towns

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.

Llanrhystud

Llanrhystud

Llanrhystud

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

Aberporth

Aberporth

Cardigan

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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