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Aberaeron is a coastal town in Ceredigion, Wales.


  • Understand 1
  • Get in 2
  • Get around 3
  • See 4
  • Do 5
  • Buy 6
  • Eat 7
  • Drink 8
  • Sleep 9
  • Go next 10


Aberaeron is a Welsh-speaking seaside town, with multicoloured houses, a harbour and many small independent shops.

Get in

There is no train station. The nearest is in Aberystwyth, from where there are buses. By road, the main A487 runs through the town.

Get around

It's about a 20 minute drive to Aberystwyth. To the south there are good beaches at Llangrannog and Cwmtydu.


Aberaeron's harbour and picturesque Georgian houses
  • The town and harbour. Aberaeron is well known for its multicoloured houses and buildings. Take a stroll down the High Street and around the harbour. Look out for the local family of Bottle-nosed Dolphins out to sea.
  • LlanerchaeronCiliau Aeron, SA48 8DG (2.5 miles south east of Aberaeron),  , e-mail: . 18th-century Welsh gentry estate - with house, walled gardens and home farm



  • Cegin Cymru (Welsh Kitchen), 18 Market Street. Lovely little shop selling locally-produced delicacies. The farmhouse cheeses are a particular favourite.
  • Aeron Sports2 Alban Square. Fishing tackle and other sports gear


  • Harbourmaster Hotel (Gwesty'r Harbwr), 2 Quay Parade . has a superb restaurant, specialising in seafood
  • New Celtic8 Market Street . fish-and-chips and more restaurant (eat in or take away), tasty and substantial meal
  • The Hive on the QuayCadwgan Pl (Located exactly where the name implies!),  . The Famous Holgate's Honey Ice Cream. Also holds a cafe/restaurant serving more substantial meals.
  • Friends Coffee Shop5 Alban Square . A great cafe/takeaway specialising in baguettes and Segafredo coffee. Great quality food at very reasonable prices with a warm and friendly atmosphere.
  • La Cuccina35 Alban Square . little bakery.


  • Cadwgan Arms10 Market Street .
  • Royal Oak30 North Road .


  • The Harbourmaster Hotel (Gwesty'r Harbwr), Pen Cei, Aberaeron . A cobalt blue small hotel with views of the sea and harbour. £80-£120 per night for bed and breakfast.
  • Nant Meigan (Holiday Home), 9 Water Street . Located in the centre of the famous seaside town of Aberaeron, West Wales, 'Nant Meigan' is a Grade 2 listed Georgian terrace holiday let, in the centre of a historic town. A five minute walk to the pebble beach, and backing onto the river Aeron, the property enjoys a walled garden that provides privacy and tranquility, centrally located to give you plenty of choices for enjoyable outings in West Wales and your own Welsh Holiday

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Houses on the quay
Aberaeron is located in Ceredigion
 Aberaeron shown within Ceredigion
Population 1,422 
OS grid reference
Principal area Ceredigion
Ceremonial county Dyfed
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SA46
Dialling code 01545
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Ceredigion
Welsh Assembly Ceredigion
List of places

Aberaeron (formerly anglicised as Aberayron) is a seaside resort town in Ceredigion, Wales. Situated between Aberystwyth and Cardigan, it is home to the headquarters of Ceredigion County Council. The population was 1,520 in 2001,[1] reducing to 1,422 at the 2011 census.[2] An electoral ward exists with an identical population. The name is from Welsh Aberaeron, meaning "mouth of the River Aeron", derived from the Middle Welsh aer - 'slaughter',[3] which gave its name to Aeron, who is believed to have been a Welsh god of war.[4]


  • History and design 1
  • Castell Cadwgan 2
  • Local government 3
  • Location and features 4
    • Public transport 4.1
  • Notable people 5
  • See also 6
  • Image gallery 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

History and design

In 1800, there was no significant coastal settlement.[5] The present town was planned and developed from 1805 by the Rev. Alban Thomas Jones Gwynne. The harbour he built operated as a port and supported a shipbuilding industry in the 19th century. A group of workmen's houses and a school were built on the harbour's north side, but these were reclaimed by the sea.[6] Steam ships continued to visit the harbour until the 1920s but, in later years, it evolved into a small half-tide harbour for recreational craft. The estuary is also crossed by a wooden pedestrian bridge.

Crafts were an important part of village life. Information recorded in trade directories shows that in 1830, although it was not yet fully developed as a port, there were in Aberaeron one woollen manufacturer, one bootmaker, one baker, one corn miller, one blacksmith, one blacksmith and shovel maker, two shipwrights, one carpenter and one hat maker.[7]

In the late 1890s, a hand-powered cable car, the 'Aeron Express', was built to ferry workers across the harbour when the bridge was demolished by floods. The structure was recreated in 1988 as a tourist attraction that ran until the end of summer 1994, when it was closed under health and safety regulations.[8]

The architecture of Aberaeron is unusual in this part of rural Wales, being constructed around a principal square of elegant Regency style buildings grouped around the harbour. This was the work of Edward Haycock, an architect from Shrewsbury. Some of the architecture was of sufficient interest to feature on British postage stamps.[6]

Aberaeron Golf Club (now defunct) was founded in 1923. It continued until WW2 when the course was turned over to agriculture to aid the war effort. Attempts to reinstate the club following the war failed.[9]

Castell Cadwgan

Castell Cadwgan, a 12th-century ringwork fortification around a probable wooden structure, was located by the shore at Aberaeron, but has long since been claimed by the sea. Few traces remain today apart from some mounds of earth, the remains of the enclosure bank, most of the site having been eroded.[10][11]

In Wales Illustrated in a Series of Views by Henry Gastineau, published in 1810, it states: "Near the town are some remains of an ancient fortress called Castell Cadwgan, thought to have been erected by king Cadwgan, about the year 1148." In A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, published in 1833, Samuel Lewis similarly wrote : "On the sea-shore, near the village, is a circular encampment, designated Castell Cadwgan, and supposed to have been constructed by Cadwgan ab Bleddyn, about 1148." [12] However, Cadwgan is recorded as having been killed in 1111.

Welsh Minstrelsy: Containing the Land beneath the Sea, published in 1824, states: "Just where [Sarn Ddewi] juts out from the shore is an old fort, called Castell Cadwgan."

Local government

Aberaeron is a relatively new settlement and lacked borough status like other towns in the county. In 1894, however, the town achieved the status of an urban district, which it retained until local government reorganisation in 1974.

The first representative on the

  • Aberaeron Town Council website
  • Cymdeithas Aberaeron Society with historical timeline and bibliography
  • Official tourism website
  • Cambrian NewsWebsite of the local
  • Aerial photograph of Aberaeron
  • : photos of Aberaeron and surrounding area
  • The History of Aberaeron At Aberaeron West Wales
  • Castell Cadwgan, Aberaeron site

External links

  1. ^ Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : CeredigionOffice for National Statistics :
  2. ^
  3. ^ Llewellyn's Complete Book of Names p.36
  4. ^ p.144 A Wander Around the Coast of Wales by Steve Plant, FastPrint Publishing, 2014
  5. ^ Aberaeron at Ceredigion County Council website
  6. ^ a b Aberaeron 1807–2007: Aberaeron Town Trail, celebrating our heritage Heritage Treftadaeth, 2007 (under building 1 - General Storehouse)
  7. ^ Jenkins, J. Geraint. Ceredigion: Interpreting an Ancient County. Gwasg Careg Gwalch (2005) pg. 83.
  8. ^ Price M. R. C. "The Lampeter, Aberayron and New Quay Light Railway", Oakwood Press 2011, p.104
  9. ^ “Aberaeron Golf Club”, “Golf’s Missing Links”.
  10. ^ Castell Cadwgan Aberaeron at 'Gatehouse' medieval castles site
  11. ^ BBC Website - Cymru Hanes - Aberaeron (in Welsh)
  12. ^ Aberaeron West Wales tourism site
  13. ^
  14. ^ Blue Flag website
  15. ^ Dylan Thomas: A Farm, Two Mansions and a Bungalow, Seren 2000. Also see
  16. ^ The Dylan Thomas Trail, by D N Thomas, Y Lolfa, 2002
  17. ^
  18. ^ Aberaeron Carnival at website
  19. ^ Aberaeron Carnival 2009 pictures at BBC West Wales
  20. ^ Arriva Cymru timetable
  21. ^ Aberystwyth to Cardiff four days weekly by coach by Coach Travel Wales
  22. ^ Arriva Cymru (ARR) - Brodyr Richards/Richards Bros (RB) at


Image gallery

See also

Notable people

The railway service from the former Aberayron railway station (the terminus of the Lampeter, Aberayron and New Quay Light Railway, a branch of the Carmarthen to Aberystwyth Line) was closed to passengers in 1951 and to freight in 1965.

A regular bus service links the town with Aberystwyth, Lampeter and Carmarthen, with several daily through services to Swansea, Bridgend and Cardiff.[20][21] Another service connects with New Quay, Aberporth and Cardigan from Monday to Saturday.[22]

Public transport

An annual carnival takes place on the Monday Bank Holiday in August. A colourful procession of floats and a carnival queen moves from the Quay to Alban Square.[18][19]

An annual Festival of Welsh Ponies and Cobs is held on Square Field every August.[17] A life-sized statue of a Welsh cob stallion was donated to the town in 2005 by the Festival to denote the area as Welsh Cob country. It was created by sculptor David Mayer.

Dylan Thomas's links with Aberaeron, New Quay and Talsarn have been documented by local author David N Thomas.[15] The Dylan Thomas Trail runs through Ceredigion, passing through Aberaeron and ending in New Quay[16]

70% of Aberaeron's inhabitants are able to speak Welsh according to the 2001 census.

The town is notable for the sale of honey, honey ice-cream and, more recently, honey mustard.

The climate is mild and temperate, largely conditioned by the proximity of the relatively shallow sea. However, Aberaeron can suffer from occasional winter frosts when cold air descends the Aeron valley from the upland parts of Ceredigion.

The shoreline consists of generally steep storm beaches of pebbles, although fine sand is visible at low tide levels. Aberaeron south beach was awarded the Blue Flag rural beach award in 2005.[14] It contains the Harbourmaster Hotel.

Aberaeron is located between Cardigan and Aberystwyth on the A487, at a junction with the A482 leading south-east to the university town of Lampeter. It lies on the Ceredigion Coast Path, part of the Wales Coast Path.

Location and features


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