Local Places of Interest
Aberaeron is an elegant and picturesque Georgian harbour town, once a busy port with a thriving ship-building history, now home to vessels designed for leisure rather than work. Aberaeron is still a lovely place to sit and watch the world go by, maybe with one of the town’s famous Honey Ice Creams, available from the Hive on the Quay.
Cardigan Bay and Ceredigion have so much to offer the visitor. What is your passion? If you love wandering around beautiful gardens then look no further.
HOUSES & GARDENS IN CEREDIGION
There are many National Trust properties in Wales with Llanerchaeron just a 10-minute drive of the house.
A little further but still only a short trip away is Cae Hir. Built by a welsh-speaking Dutchman with a vision, from 6 acres of barren hillside, it too is well worth a visit. A little further still, and the star of its own BBC television series; Aberglasney is a must for those who love a happy ending along with their gardens. We also have the National Botanic Garden of Wales at Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire.
Most have plants for sale and all have refreshment facilities.
NATURE & WILDLIFE IN CEREDIGION
If nature and wildlife are what you love, then again Ceredigion has so much to offer you. The Red Kite is staging a remarkable comeback, and in this area has gone from a handful of birds to an estimated 200+ breeding pairs. There are several places to visit that you are guaranteed a sighting, though it is not uncommon to see the distinctive forked tail above you anywhere in the area.
Cardigan Bay also has resident populations of Bottle-nosed Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises and Atlantic Grey seals. The dolphins can often be seen from the beaches, and there are wildlife trips around the Bay available from Aberaeron Harbour and from Newquay (Ceinewydd) from Easter to October.
Steam train buffs too can indulge their passions in and around the area. In Aberystwyth there is the Vale of Rheidol Railway that takes a scenic trip up to Devils Bridge. There are many more railways in the area, details of which can all be found at the Great Little Trains of Wales web site.
Going from the past to the future, the Centre for Alternative Technology just north of Machynlleth is an interesting and informative day out with something for everyone. Their café is exclusively vegetarian and has an Egon Ronay award.
Aberystwyth Arts Centre in the grounds of the University has theatre, cinema and various festivals throughout the year for those who wish to catch up with their culture, and also housed in Aberystwyth is the National Library of Wales.
For satisfying the less esoteric tastes there are food festivals throughout Ceredigion & mid-Wales; the Lampeter Food Festival in July and a Food & River Festival in Cardigan in August as well as The Seafood Festival in Aberaeron itself in July.
For golfers there is a variety of links and parkland courses available within easy reach at Borth and Ynyslas, Cardigan, Penrhos and Aberystwyth. There are also 9-hole courses available in Penrhos, Lampeter, Llangrannog & Rhydyfelin.
OTHER EVENTS & LINKS
Mountainland Rovers – Family-run business offering Welsh 4×4 Safaris, on and off-road and bike hire (based near Tregaron)
The Aberaeron Festival of Cobs was first held in 2002; it proved such a resounding success that it is set to become an annual event.
Vineyards in Wales? Yes – and Ffynnon Las is across the road from Llys Aeron Guest House!
Pamper yourself at Roots Hair & Beauty Salon, Aberaeron – ladies, gents & children welcome
New Quay web site – comprehensive information on Cardigan Bay area
BBC 5-day weather forecast for Aberaeron
BBC Traffic & Travel for Mid-Wales including latest travel news
BBC Radio Wales
Radio Ceredigion (bi-lingual local radio)
BBC South-West Wales including link to live Puffin-Cam
Ceredigion County Council Tourism Web Site
Information on Ceredigion towns
King Arthur’s Labyrinth at Corris and the Corris Craft Centre
The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society for information on The Royal Welsh Show and other events
Brecon Beacons National Park