Penbryn Beach

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Wales Coast Awards - Green Coast Award 2024

Penbryn is a large sandy beach backed by a dune system and cliffs. The beach is managed by the National Trust and is in a rural and unspoilt location with few facilities in the immediate area. The majority of the parking is a few hundred metres back up the valley at Penbryn village where there is a shop and cafe. A wider range of shops, cafes and pubs is available in nearby Aberporth. The beach is popular with surfers and kayakers as well as those seeking a quiet spot to relax or stroll.


The Wales Coast Path leads from the beach in both directions and offers stunning views across the bay. The coastline here falls with the Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation and is home to an amazingly rich variety of marine animals and plants, from reef-building worms to bottlenose dolphins. The remote location and lack of light pollution make this an ideal spot for stargazing in the summer months.

During the seal breeding season (August to December) you may come across white fluffy seal pups on beaches or rocky outcrops along the Welsh coast - often on their own. The mother however will probably be close by, so it is vital to keep your distance so she can return to her pup to feed it.

Penbryn Beach is designated a Dark Skies Discovery Site. The National Trust Car Park is next to the beach and parking is free from Dusk until dawn.

Seaside Award beach. Café, toilets, parking at the top of the lane to the beach. Dogs not allowed May to end September.

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  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted - October - April

Site Features

  • National Trust Property

Target Markets

  • Dark Skies / Stargazing - Dark Sky Discovery Site

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Turn off the A487 Cardigan to Aberystwyth road as you enter Sarnau where signed for Penbryn.

Accessible by Public Transport: Aberystwyth station is 30 miles away.

Penbryn Beach


Sarnau, near Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA44 6QL

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