Aberaeron Harbour

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Aberaeron is one of Wales's most stylish coastal towns. It is on the Ceredigion coast and the Wales Coast Path is accessible from the town. Sited at the mouth of the river Aeron, the harbour operated as a port in the 19th century and steam ships continued to visit until the 1920's.

A picture postcard feel envelops the sleepy fishing village of Aberaeron, quite literally in fact, as the Georgian architecture was deemed so picturesque that it was featured on postage stamps. What is now a quiet and quaint town that welcomes tourists was built with the intention to be a bustling sea port. Today it is a small half-tide harbour for recreational craft. The estuary is also crossed by a wooden pedestrian bridge.

Aberaeron offers everything one might expect from a seaside holiday destination with shops, restaurants, beaches and a picturesque harbour.  Known affectionately as the Jewel of Cardigan Bay, Aberaeron is famous for the quality of its honey (plus honey ice-cream and honey mustard produced locally) and also features prominently on the Dylan Thomas trail.

It is a predominately Welsh speaking town, with some 70% of the inhabitants able to speak the language, and much of daily life in shops and businesses is conducted through the medium of Welsh here.

Sited at the mouth of the river Aeron, the harbour was funded entirely by the Lord of the Manor, Rev. Alban Thomas Jones Gwynne from 1805. The buildings, a large proportion of which are listed and were designed by the architect Edward Haycock in an ornamental Regency style, give the town a very distinctive feel that is at odds with the vernacular architecture of much of Wales. Aberaeron's architectural interest does not end there however, as Llanerchaeron, designed by John Nash, is only a few miles away.

The harbour operated as a port and supported a shipbuilding industry in the 19th century. Steam ships continued to visit the harbour until the 1920s. 



  • Disabled toilets


  • EV Charging - Council Office Car Park, Penmorfa, Aberaeron SA46 0PA. Regent Street Car Park, Aberaeron, SA46 0HZ
  • Free Parking
  • Parking with charge - Park & Display Car Parks: Regent Street - SA46 0SJ North Beach - SA46 0BH South Beach - SA46 0BE

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Aberaeron is on the A487 coast road between Aberystwyth and Cardigan.

Christmas Shopping - December 2022 Parking charges will be waived at Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas on 10, 17 and 24 December 2022.

Public Transport Directions

Accessible by Public Transport: Aberystwyth station is 18 miles away.



Ceredigion, SA46 0BT

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Wales Coast Path AberaeronCeredigion Coast Path | Aberaeron - Llanrhystud, Aberaeron5th section of the Ceredigion Coastal Path Total distance 11.9km (7.4 miles) Aberaeron to Aberarth 3.1km (1.9miles), grade/easy Aberarth to Llanon 4.8km (3.0 miles), moderate-easy Llanon to Llanrhystud 4.0km (2.5 miles), grade/easy

Aberaeron | CyclingAberaeron | Cycle Routes, AberaeronThere are two cycle routes that start from Aberaeron Tourist Information Centre. There is also a 2 mile cycle trail from Aberaeron to Llanerchaeron.

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