Heather Mitchell
Tresaith Beach / Mid Wales

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

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.

Abermaw | Barmouth

Southern Snowdonia, LL42 1LS

Abermaw / Barmouth in Southern Snowdonia is a great location for Mountain, Sand and Sea. Extensive sandy beach with attractions, water sports and boat trips. Situated on the Coast Path with walking and cycling available for all abilities.

Fantasy Farm Park

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

Fantasy Farm Park is situated in the heart of the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside. It has all the fun of the farm, plus a Petting area, an outdoor Play Area, pedal boats, tractor rides and lots more.

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.

Y Borth | 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.

The Conrah Hotel

Chancery, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 4DF

The Conrah is a perfect venue for wonderful, memorable weddings in a picture perfect setting in beautiful landscaped grounds.

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.

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.

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 are available by prior booking, visitor centre and interactive display.

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.

Mermaid Spa Portmeirion

Portmerion Village, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL48 6ER

A haven of tranquillity overlooking the Dwyryd Estuary

Crys Melyn Cycling

Tyncoed, Lledrod, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 4TD

Crys Melyn Cycling offer a range of bikes available to hire, including hybrid and e-bikes, and bikes, tag-alongs and trailers for children.

Wales Coast Path - Ceredigion

Borth, SY24 5HX

Following the majestic sweep of Cardigan Bay, the Snowdonia & Ceredigion section of the Wales Coast Path providers the walker with glimpses of dolphins and porpoise, seals and a host of marine birds throughout the year around.

Dragon Trails Walking Holidays

Parc y gors, Ponthirwaun, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 2RH

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.

Dyfi National Nature Reserve & Centre

Visitor Centre, Ynyslas, Borth, Ceredigion, SY24 5JZ

The whole Reserve is made up of three parts: Cors Fochno, an internationally important peat bog; Dyfi Estuary, an internationally important feeding ground for thousands of wading birds and the beach and sand dunes of Ynyslas.

Silver Mountain Experience

Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3AB

Where history, myth and legend collide in a fantastic day out for the whole family. Embark on an adventure discovering the history of our original Victorian Silver-Lead Mine, or Welsh fantasy and myth theatrical experiences.

Mid Wales Mine Adventures

Gelli Fach, Cwm Rheidol, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY233NB

Experience untouched passages and unspoilt landscape of silver, lead, copper and zinc mines in Mid Wales, some of which date back over 4,000 years. Specialist-led Mid Wales Mine Adventures.

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, Gorge Walking, River & Sea Kayaking, Rock Climbing & Abseiling and even White Water Tubing!

Ultimate Xscape Aberystwyth

Llywernog Silver Mine, Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth, SY23 3AB

Enter immersive Escape Rooms and work your way through cryptic clues to solve your escape! With 60 minutes on the clock, your team must work your way through a variety of clues, crack the codes and beat the timer to escape.

Portmeirion Village

Portmeirion, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd, LL48 6ER

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.

Mid Wales Beaches

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tywyn Beach

Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 0DF

The west facing beach at Tywyn is a long stretch of sand and pebbles backed by sand dunes.

Aberystwyth - Tanybwlch Beach

Ceredigion, SY23 1BJ

The large sweep of the pebbled Tanybwlch beach is to the south of the harbour at Aberystwyth.

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.

Aberdyfi | Aberdovey Beach

Aberdyfi, Gwynedd, LL35 0RT

Aberdyfi Beach in Southern Snowdonia is a popular beach of perfect sand and the occasional sand dune extends for miles, from Aberdyfi all the way to Tywyn.

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.

Penbryn Beach

Sarnau, near Cardigan, 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. Dark Skies Discovery Site

Aberystwyth South Beach

Aberystwyth, 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.

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.

Fairbourne Beach

Fairbourne, Gwynedd, LL38 2DX

Fairbourne Beach is a two mile stretch of sand backed by steep pebble banks and surrounded by the Snowdonia National Park.

Aberaeron South Beach

Ceredigion, SA46 0BE

Aberaeron South Beach is a rock and shingle beach just to the south of the town and harbour.

New Quay Harbour, Dolau & Traeth Gwyn

New Quay, Ceredigion, SA45 9PS

New Quay’s Harbour Beach on the Mid Wales Cardigan Bay Coast 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.

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.

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.

Cwmtydu Beach

New Quay, Ceredigion, SA44 6LQ

Cwmtydu is a very attractive and quiet beach that was once a harbour used as a traditional smugglers’ hideaway.

Aberystwyth North Beach

Ceredigion, SY23 2AZ

Aberystwyth's North Beach and seafront is a focal point of the town and a favourite attraction for visitors and locals alike.

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.

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Discover Mid Wales Coastal Towns

Y Borth | 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.

Abermaw | Barmouth

Barmouth

Abermaw / Barmouth in Southern Snowdonia is a great location for Mountain, Sand and Sea. Extensive sandy beach with attractions, water sports and boat trips. Situated on the Coast Path with walking and cycling available for all abilities.

Cei Newydd | New Quay

New Quay

New Quay is a picturesque town on the Mid Wales coast. Golden sandy beaches that extend in an arc around the bay and a sheltered harbour make New Quay a delight to visit. Famous past residents include the great Welsh Poet Dylan Thomas

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.

Fairbourne

Fairbourne

Between Dolgellau and Tywyn off the A493, the village of Fairbourne has a sandy beach two miles long on the Cambrian Coast with the superb countryside of the Snowdonia National Park to the east.

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.

Aberteifi | Cardigan

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

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.

Aberporth

Cardigan

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

Aberdyfi | Aberdovey

Aberdovey

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

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.

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