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What to see and do in this picturesque harbour Town in Cardigan Bay

Aberaeron harbour

A beautiful harbour town located on the Ceredigion coast in west Wales located 10 miles north of New Quay and 16 miles south of Aberystwyth. Aberaeron is a seaside town and has 2 lovely beaches, a picturesque harbour and an array of multi coloured Georgian terraced houses.

The first planned town in wales and the town centre as it is known today was established in 1807. The town was constructed around the harbour and the original ship builder’s homes and the original school. Both the original house and school were reclaimed by the sea. The harbour was built as a port and supported a ship building industry in the 19th century. Aberaeron became a prosperous and thriving town as shipbuilding flourished with over 60 sailing vessels built, 35 of them schooners.


The Festival of Welsh Ponies and Cobs

This festival for welsh ponies and cobs has become an important event in the summer calendar for this gorgeous town. Owners and breeders of registered welsh ponies; cobs or part breeds are asked to come along to showcase there amazing animals in this non-competitive event. The organisers of the event put on a fantastic show with a number of classes, performances and showcases illustrating the amazing versatility of this much loved and outstanding animals.

Tug of War

Aberaeron harbour still plays a large part and they have many events that are held here and is one of the only places where you get to go and watch a tug of war with one team inevitably ending up wet. The teams are set up on either harbour war with one team on the south side and one on the north side.

Aberaeron Mackerel Festival

An annual festival that is held to celebrate the end of the Mackerel season. The harbour comes alive with a large array of stalls, bands and a parade led by a 20 foot Mackerel that is paraded from the Tourist information centre to Aberaeron Yacht club. Visitors are given an opportunity to try this amazingly beautiful and healthy fish.

Town Carnival

Aberaeron carnival is held annually on August bank holiday weekend and attracts locals and tourist who all enjoy taking part. From the large number of floats to the walking parade Aberaeron carnival has something for everyone. As someone who spent a number of years growing up in Aberaeron I will always suggest you bring a spare pair of clothes for the whole family as the floats are encouraged to bring water bombs and water pistols. After a parade around town all the floats and participants congregate at the square field where you will find a number of stalls, rides and other fun.


Aberaeron has two beaches on either side of the harbour and they are known as Aberaeron North and Aberaeron south.

Aberaeron south has course sand at low tide and is backed by pebbles and rocks. Aberaeron south is a good place to sit on a warm day to see I you can spot the resident porpoise dolphin population and also a great place for experienced body borders and surfers.

Aberaeron North is a shingle and rock beach which backs up on the coast path. North beach is used regularly by fisherman, sailing enthusiast and wind surfers. Aberaeron north beach has a small promenade that you can enjoy a walk on. North beach has a long stay car park along with a small cafe and toilets.

Restaurants and Eateries

Aberaeron has many eateries and restaurants that run along the harbour wall and also throughout town, from the humble Fish and Chips to the restaurant. Aberaeron is one location that has something for everyone. Once you have chosen your main meal and before you choose your desert why not have a walk along the harbour front and try the locally produced Honey Ice Cream. Many of Aberaeron’s restaurants and eateries have a menu that changes on a regular basis as they try and use all local sourced produce.



Llanerchaeron is an 18th century Georgian villa set in the wooded Aeron Valley in Ceredigion. The villa is currently owned and run by The National Trust and is open to the public. Llanerchaeron is a popular attraction and is one of the only locations where you are able to truly appreciate the history of the property with many of the dwelling still used for their original purpose. More on Llanychaeron here..

Vale of Rheidol Railway

Running from Aberystwyth to Devils Bridge and back again, this restored steam railway is a great adventure for children and adults alike. See the official website for details –

Aberystwyth Pier

A fine example of a Victorian Pier can be found in Aberystwyth. More info on their website –

Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

One of only a handful of funicular railway lines to be found in Wales and well worth the short journey to enjoy the spectacular views over Aberystwyth and Cardigan Bay. Their website for info –

National Library of Wales

Possibly the Library with the best view in the world, huge collection of film, video, books & newspapers, manuscripts, maps, sounds, photos, art and archives. More info –

Ceredigion Coast Path

Ceredigion Coast Path starts at the border between Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion in Cardigan. The Coast path then follows Cardigan Bay all the way to Ynys Las near Borth.

There are a number of walks that are designed to suit everyone’s capabilities. Although some of the walks are disabled friendly please be aware that not all the walks are accessible to the disabled or pushchairs. To check for disable or pushchair friendly walks, please follow the following link –

Map showing location of Aberaeron in Ceredigion


Public Transport

For more information on public transport visit:


Arriva buses have a bus service that is run hourly from most of the local villages on the Ceredigion Coast Path route. For time tables and locations of bus stops please follow the following link:
Traws Cymru T5 bus route

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