Mwnt Beach, Ceredigion, Mid Wales

Mwnt beach is owned and managed by the National Trust the National Trust looks after 157 miles of the Welsh coast including the lovely Mid Wales beaches of Mwnt and Penbryn.

Mwnt is one of the most spectacular beaches on the Mid Wales coast. A haven for wildlife of all shapes and sizes and is one of the best spots for watching dolphins in the UK.

If award winning beaches are your thing then Mwnt has clocked up 2 awards this year alone, winning a Seaside & Green Coast Award.

Mwnt is easily to get to and is located about 4.5miles from the town of Cardigan which is host to some of the most fantastic independant shops, crafts and local produce.

If you're driving to Mwnt get your camera at the ready as there is some of the most spectacular views over Cardigan Bay and you can't go to Mwnt without taking a snap of the iconic white church on the hill. The Church of the Holy Cross (Welsh: Eglwys y Grog) is an example of a medieval sailor's chapel of ease. The site is said to have been used since the Age of the Saints, but the present building is probably 14th century. It has an example of a 12th or 13th century font made of Preseli stone.

To get to the beach there is a series of steps leading down to the sheltered sandy bay. If you're into ticking things off the bucket list, then you can also get to Mwnt via a section of the Wales Coastal Path - We're the only country in the WORLD that has continuous coastal path stretching its entire length.

The Mid Wales Coast is where the National Trust all began. on 29th March 1985 Mrs Fanny Talbot, philantrophist and wealthy land owner, donated the first piece of land to the National Trust (Dinas Oleu) in Barmouth, Southern Snowdonia which was to be for everyone, and instructions that it be protected forever

On site facilities include the Car park, toilets and a kiosk selling ice creams (weather permitting) You can even take your 4 legged friend on the beach 1st October to 30th April.

The land around Mwnt is packed with coastal flora such as pink thrift, blue squill and gorse with its heady aroma of coconut.

Mwnt is thought to to the site of an unsuccessful invasion by Flemings in 1155, and its defeat was long afterwards celebrated on the first Sunday in January as "Sul Coch y Mwnt". The name (Red Sunday) was given in consequence of the blood shed on that day. It is reputed that the bones of the defeated invaders would occasionally be visible under the sand when uncovered by windy conditions in the early 20th century.

Mwnt beach, Aberporth, Llangranog, Cymtudu, New Quay, Cei Bach, Aberaeron, Aberarth, Llannon and Llanrhystud were famous for smuggling as they are hidden creeks and coves along the Cardigan Bay coast.

Other National Trust locations in Mid Wales are:
Llanerchaeron, near Aberaeron, Ceredigion
Penbryn Beach
Powis Castle and Garden, Welshpool, Powys
Abergwesyn Common, Powys

Independent Businesses
4 Instagrammable places to visit

4 instagrammable places to visit in Mwnt

  • Watching the sunset from the top of Foel y Mwnt

  • We have the largest pod of bottlenosed dolphins in the UK. You can sometimes see them from the shore, but you can also take a boat trip out to the pod to get the perfect snap (but please remember you can't swim with them - this isn't Florida people ;) 

  • Mwnt Church - one of the most iconic shots around Mwnt is of the white church situated above Mwnt beach - take the perfect selfie from the top with the beach and church in the background.

  • Bucklist! - Walk a section of the Wales Coastal Path (the worlds ONLY continuous coastal path)

SA43 1QH (Sat Nav)

Mwnt Beach is about 4.5 miles north west of Cardigan, the southernmost town in Ceredigion on the Mid Wales coast. It is accessible from the A487 Coastal Way Route and you can also reach the beach by walking the local stretches of Wales' Coastal Path.

A trip down country lines will present dramatic views over Cardigan Bay upon arrival. To reach the beach there is a series of steps leading down to the sheltered sandy bay. 


Places to visit nearby........................

Cardigan Castle & Gardens

Green Street, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1JA (0 miles, 0 km)

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.

In The Welsh Wind | Bar 45

45 St Marys Street, CARDIGAN, Ceredigion, SA43 1HA (0 miles, 0 km)

Tucked away behind Cardigan Castle, just off the High Street, in the west Wales market town of Cardigan/Aberteifi, you'll find Bar 45 - Cardigan's first - and only - gin bar!

Aberteifi | Cardigan

Ceredigion, SA43 1JL (0 miles, 1 km)

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


Bath House Road, Cardigan, SA43 1JY (1 miles, 1 km)

With superb facilities for cinema, you can watch the latest releases and the very best of world cinema or choose from a range of excellent live shows… plus there’s a visual arts gallery, café and bar!

Cilgerran Castle (Cadw)

Cilgerran, Cardigan, SA43 2SF (2 miles, 3 km)

Cilgerran is one of the most spectacularly sited castles in Wales. Its two great round towers loom high above the deep gorge of the River Teifi and the fast-flowing stream of the Plysog.

Poppit Sands Beach

Cardigan, Pembrokeshire, SA43 3LN (2 miles, 4 km)

Facing north, the beach is sheltered from the prevailing southwesterly winds and is popular for windsurfing, kayaking, surfing and wildlife watching.

Cardigan Golf Club

Gwbert-On-Sea, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1PR (3 miles, 4 km)

Cardigan Golf Club is one of the most startling of the unsung courses of Wales and is to be found high on a hill overlooking the Teifi Estuary at Gwbert, 2 miles from Cardigan.

Dragon Trails Walking Holidays

Parc y gors, Ponthirwaun, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 2RH (4 miles, 6 km)

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.

Mwnt Beach

Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1QH (4 miles, 7 km)

Mwnt is a haven for wildlife, one of the best places in Ceredigion to spot dolphins and always popular for days out on the beach.

Aberporth - Dolwen & Dyffryn Beaches

Aberporth Ceredigion, SA43 2DD (6 miles, 10 km)

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.


Ceredigion, SA43 2BU (6 miles, 10 km)

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

In the Welsh Wind Distillery

In the Welsh Wind Distillery, Tanygroes, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA432HP (7 miles, 11 km)

In The Welsh Wind Distillery is an award-winning distillery specialising in gin and Welsh whisky. Overlooking Cardigan Bay, this distillery offers visitors gin making experiences and gin tasting experiences.

Over the Rainbow

Plas Tyllwyd, Tanygroes, Nr Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 2JD (7 miles, 11 km)

Over the Rainbow is a restored Georgian mansion, secluded in 18 acres of woodland and gardens. Hire the venue exclusively for small group holidays, family celebrations, civil wedding ceremonies, residential courses and workshops.

Tresaith Beach

Aberporth, Ceredigion, SA43 2JL (7 miles, 12 km)

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

Sarnau, near Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA44 6QL (8 miles, 14 km)

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. Dark Skies Discovery Site

Llangrannog & Cilborth Beaches

Llangrannog, Ceredigion, SA44 6SN (10 miles, 16 km)

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.


Ceredigion, SA44 6SD (10 miles, 16 km)

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.

Gwersyll yr Urdd Llangrannog

Llangrannog, Llandysul, Ceredigion, SA44 6AE (11 miles, 17 km)

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

Teifi Valley Railway

Henllan Station, Llandysul, Ceredigion, SA44 5TD (12 miles, 19 km)

The Teifi Valley Railway is a 2 foot narrow gauge railway created from a branch line of the Great Western Railway which served the West Wales rural area.

National Wool Museum

Dre-fach Felindre, Near Newcastle Emlyn, Llandysul, SA44 5UP (12 miles, 19 km)

A working record of a great industry - see the traditional methods of making Welsh flannel, cloth and shawls.

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