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

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.

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.

Mwnt Beach

Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1QH

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.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3DE

Award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre is Wales’ largest arts centre and recognised as a 'national flagship for the arts'. It has a wide-ranging programme across all art forms including drama, dance, music, visual arts film & new media.

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.

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.

Over the Rainbow

Plas Tyllwyd, Tanygroes, Nr Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 2JD

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.

Dolphin Survey Boat Trips

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, Cilgraig, Gilfachreda, Nr New Quay, SA45 9SP

Dolphin Survey Boat Trips based in New Quay on the Mid Wales Coast, operate a choice of Boat Trips from 1 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours or all day.

Welsh Highland Heritage Railway

The Station Building, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9DY

The Welsh Highland Heritage Railway is a small, friendly railway where the train ride is just part of the experience. Free guided tours at the heritage centre. Vintage train.

Cardigan Bay Watersports

Sandy Slip, Glanmor Terrace, New Quay, Ceredigion, SA45 9PS

Learn the basics or develop your skills in wonderful surroundings under the guidance of our expert staff.

Mermaid Spa Portmeirion

Portmerion Village, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL48 6ER

A haven of tranquillity overlooking the Dwyryd Estuary

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre, Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3AB

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre sits at the head of a dramatic valley and has commanding views of Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains.

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.

Dolphin Spotting Boat trips

Booking Office, The Pier, New Quay, Ceredigion, SA45 9NW

One and two hour 'Dolphin Spotting Boat Trips' from New Quay within the Special Area of Conservation, enjoying breathtaking views of the welsh coast. Hopefully to encounter dolphins, porpoise and seals on our large stable boats. Book online

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.

The Old College, Aberystwyth

University of Aberystwyth, King Street, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2BH

The Old College, Aberystwyth is a building that forms part of the University of Aberystwyth. It was built in 1795 by John Nash and is the site of the original University of Aberystwyth - the first University in Wales founded in 1872.

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.

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.

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!

Mid Wales Beaches

Aberystwyth - Tanybwlch Beach

Ceredigion, SY23 1BJ

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

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.

Mwnt Beach

Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1QH

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Harlech Beach

Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2UG

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

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.

Tywyn Beach

Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 0DF

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

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.

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.

Aberaeron South Beach

Ceredigion, SA46 0BE

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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Discover Mid Wales Coastal Towns

Llanrhystud

Llanrhystud

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

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.

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.

Aberdyfi | Aberdovey

Aberdovey

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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