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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

Dunes at Ynylas Las

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.

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.

Textiles display

Ceredigion Museum & Gallery

Coliseum, Terrace Road, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2AQ

Ceredigion Museum: Encouraging Curiosity Welcome to Ceredigion museum, housed in a beautifully preserved Edwardian theatre. We are situated in the heart of Aberystwyth, near the seafront.

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.

West Wales Coast

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.

Abersytwyth 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.

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.

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.

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.

Silver Mountain Experience

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.

Gwersyll Llangrannog

Gwersyll yr Urdd Llangrannog

Llangrannog, Llandysul, Ceredigion, SA44 6AE

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

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.

TrefeddianHotel Restaurant

Trefeddian Hotel

Aberdyfi, Gwynedd, LL35 0SB

The Trefeddian Hotel serve everything from a three course dining room lunch to more relaxed light bites, sandwiches and delicious homemade afternoon tea in the hotel lounges or on a sunny day on our stunning sea view terrace.

Portmeirion Village

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cardigan Castle

Cardigan Castle & Gardens

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.

Mid Wales Beaches

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.

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.

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.

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.

Harlech Beach

Harlech Beach

Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2UG

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

Llangrannog Beach

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.

Aberaeron South Beach: Image Credit Janet Baxter

Aberaeron South Beach

Ceredigion, SA46 0BE

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

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.

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.

Aberdyfi | Aberdovey

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New Quay

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.

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.

Mwnt Beach

Mwnt Beach

Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1QH

Mwnt beach is about 4.5 miles north of Cardigan.

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.

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.

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Discover Mid Wales Coastal Towns

Llanrhystud

Llanrhystud

Llanrhystud

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

Cardigan

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

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.

Fairbourne

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.

Borth Beach

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.

New Quay

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

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.

Aberdyfi | Aberdovey

Aberdyfi | Aberdovey

Aberdovey

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

Harlech Town & 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

Abermaw | Barmouth

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.

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.

Llangrannog Beach

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.

Aberporth

Aberporth

Cardigan

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

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