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New Quay

New Quay

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New Quay is a picturesque and internationally renowned resort village and was once a flourishing shipbuilding centre and fishing port where Dylan Thomas once lived.

The town has narrow streets rising in terraces - between several of which were 'ropewalks' for twisting rope in New Quay's heyday as a shipbuilding centre.

New Quay offers a sheltered harbour and safe beaches are the focus of activity in the summer when New Quay becomes a bustling holiday resort with sailing, fishing, water sports and relaxation among the main attractions.

From the harbour, you can see the famous Cardigan Bay dolphins most days in the summer. Other important wildlife of the area includes rare chough, red kite, seabirds and grey seals. There are many unique wild flowers along the coastal path and a great diversity of marine life in the rock pools along the coast.

Until the stone harbour was built in 1835, New Quay consisted of a just a few thatched cottages hugging the coast. After the construction of the harbour, economic migrants arrived to help fuel the modest ship building industry that was starting to emerge and rival the fisheries as the principle economic activity of New Quay. Although the ship building industry declined towards the end of the 19th century, New Quay retained its nautical dimensions and continued to operate navigation schools and sustain the town's identity as a seafaring centre.

Dylan Thomas lived in New Quay during the end of WWII and the town was used for most of the locations for the filming of The Edge of Love.

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Map reference: SN 390600  Lat: 52.21535 Long: -4.35782

Signposted from the A487, between Aberaeron and Cardigan.

Parking: free

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 22 miles from Aberystwyth station


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