Weve gathered together a bank of information to answer many of the most frequently asked questions about Aberporth

Are the beaches patrolled?

          Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months from approx. 10am til 6pm

Is the water clean?

         Dolwen beach has gained blue flag status most years including 2024

Can I take my dog on the beach?

            Dogs are allowed only on the larger Dyffryn beach between May and October.  At other times of year dogs are allowed on both beaches.

Where can I get a cup of coffee near the beach? Where can I get ice cream?

           There are a number of cafes near the beaches, Caffi Sgadan is next to Dyffryn Beach   The Cwtch is in the beach huts overlooking Dyffryn beach.   WatersEdge cafe above Dolwen Beach

Where are the public toilets?

          There are public toilets and an outdoor shower on the headland between the two car parks and more toilets near the            village green opposite the shops .  There is also a water fountain here so no need to bring plastic water bottles if you need a drink!

Is there a water fountain?  

We have two water fountains in the village.  One situated between the carparks by the beach shower and the other by the children playground near the Dyffryn Centre above Dyffryn Beach

Is there any parking by the beach?

          There is parking above both beaches with a small charge of £5.00 per car.  Disabled spaces are avallable and there is disabled access via ramps to both beaches.  The car parks are owned by the village hall and all the money from the car parks goes towards maintaining the grounds they own and running the halls. 

Why do I have to pay to park my car?

         The car parks in the village are owned and operated by the local Village Hall and recreation ground which is a  registered charity, number 523850The village has gained lottery funding and the village hall rebuild is nearly complete 

Where does the car park money go?

         Currently all proceeds are going towards the rebuilding of the Village Hall to benefit both local people and visitors.

Is there a pub?

         The Ship Inn sits just above Dyffryn Beach serving drinks and meals. A two mile walk north along the coast path brings you to The Ship at Tresaith which also serves drinks and meals      

Is there a takeaway?

         Caffi Sgadan above the beach is a fish and chip takeaway.  The WatersEdge cafe near the dolphin car park has takeaway meals as well as facilities to eat in  The Cwtch above Dyfffryn Beach serves takeaway food. The Buoy Ashore behind the big beach (Dyffryn) serves burgers etc. during the summer season.

What restaurants are there in the village and around?

        The Ship Inn serves food most days, lunch and evening meal (advisable to book).  WatersEdge cafe serves eat in and takeaway meals.  Hwb Aberporthis a great community cafe serving breakfasts and lunches and takeaway foods.   The Cwtch above Dyffryn Beach is open for snacks and light meals during the day. The Ship at Tresaith also does food and there are a variety of restaurants in Cardigan town. The Buoy Ashore behind the big beach (Dyffryn) is open for evening food. Sugandha is a lovely Indian restaurant in the centre of the village.

Where can I stay?

There is a variety of holiday accommodation in Aberporth from caravan Sites, Lletty and Helyg Fach along the road to Tresaith and Caerfelin in the village.  Many cottages are available to let including Golwg y Graig on the Seafront and Dolwyn in the village. Both of these have pledged to reduce single use plastics as much as possible to support 'Plastic Free Aberporth'. Local agents West Wales Holiday Cottages based in Aberporth have a wide range of holiday cottages available not rent.  Highcliffe Hotel on the main road through the village also has rooms as does The Penrallt a little further up the hill


Where does the coast path start?

         North of the village the coast path starts near the village green just beyond the shops.  The first mile or so is wheelchair and pushchair friendly, further on it becomes a rough path with steep steps down to Tresaith beach. South of the village the coast path skirts the MOD which is a short walk up the road behind Dolwen beach to Parcllyn.

Are there any local walks other than the coast path?

         The poetry trail starts from the top of Mill Lane and there are several other foopaths around the village for short walks

What is there to do in the locality?

As well as our beautiful beaches which are fun in any weather, there are lovely walks along the coast path from the village.  The path towards Tresaith is pushchair and wheelchair friendly for about a mile - if you actually want to get to Tresaith a baby carrier is more useful as it’s a rough path with steep steps down at Tresaith end.
There are car parks just above the beaches £3 per day charge.

Try the mouse trail to view the amazing pictures painted by talented local artist Peter Taylor during the 2020 lockdowns.
See the gallery at bottom of page
  Map available here 

Dolphins are often spotted in the bay particularly in calm weather when they are easier to see.

There is a small children’s playground up behind the village hall

Further afield theremay be seal pups on the beach at Cwmtydu in late August and September, (Take the road north and the Cwmtydu turning is beyond Plwmp) which can be viewed from the car park just above the beach.  Just be sure not to go on the  beach itself as this disturbs the mothers who will then abandon the pups.

 New Quay is just a little further along with some interesting  seaside shops and good places to eat as well as the possibility of dolphin spotting from the harbour wall. Also wildlife boat trips run from New Quay and from Cardigan

Heading south  from Aberporth you can visit Mwnt - a small easily climbable mini-mountain gives lovely views along the coast and there is a pretty whitewashed church.  The coast path here is steep and difficult so take care.  The beach itself has quite a lot of steps down but there is a small cafe near the top. National Trust car park.

A bit further on from Mwnt is Cardigan island farm park.  This has some lovely easy walks out to the cliffs where you can sometimes see seals on the beaches below as well as many animals in the fields which can be fed, goats, horses, pigs, rabbits etc and a large indoor cafe, shop and kids play area 

Cardigan itself has a castle - worth a visit as the home of the Eisteddfod in Wales and now restored (featured on TV’s ‘Restoration’ programme)  with an interesting house and gardens and old castle walls. Don’t go expecting a major castle like many others in Wales though - there is not much of the ‘old’ castle left.

If you like castles then Cilgerran castle just two miles from Cardigan is a ‘proper’ castle.  Park in the village car park and walk to it. Lovely walks along the river from here too.

Also nearby Cilgerran is The Welsh Wildlife Centre.  This has a visitor centre with an excellent cafe and a shop.  There is a pushchair/wheelchair friendly circular walk around through the woods and past the meadow with views over the Teifi valley to Cardigan.  There is also a pushchair/wheelchair friendly walk  along what used to be the railway line to several hides overlooking the wetlands of Teifi Estuary.  Herons are regulary seen at Kingfisher hide as well as occasionally the kingfisher, plus the possibility of otters and many wetland and wading birds.  Take binoculars and a camera with a long lens.  The path leads all the way to Cardigan town.  It can be made a circular walk but the second part is much rougher.  For the more adventurous there are steep paths through the woods above and a treetop height hide and also a walk through the gorge towards Cilgerran.

Most of the beaches and seaside villages between Cardigan and New Quay can be reached by the Cardi Bach bus service - timetable available on line.
Cardigan is served by several buses as is New Quay.

What can I do on a rainy day?


      It's still fun to visit the beaches on a rainy day wrapped up in a mac and wellies and there are cafes and pubs to get warm in after.  Watersports mean you are going to get wet whatever the weather so those are still a good idea.

If you have young kids then there is an indoor soft play area at Teifimania in Cardigan

Further afield :

Steam railway at Rheidol near Aberystwyth

What day is the rubbish collected?

            Rubbish is collected on various days according to postcode.  Recycling and food waste is collected weekly. General household waste is only collected once every three weeks. See Cardigan council website for details.  Please do not leave rubbish near the bins.  If bin is full please take your rubbish home.

Is there a secondary school?

          The nearest secondary school is in Cardigan

Is there a primary school?

         The primary school is on Rhiw y Plas catering for 3 - 11 years old 

Where is the nearest petrol station?

           There are two petrol stations in Penparc approx 4 miles south on the Cardigan road and a petrol station at the Gogerddan crossroads north of the village.

Where is the nearest post office?

           The Penrhyn Pharmacy also houses the post office and there is also a post office at the Londis store in Parcllyn.

Where is the nearest ATM?

           London Stores in the village has an ATM.  Several bank branches in Cardigan town. 

What shops are there in the village?

           On the main street in the village are several small shops, London House Stores mini market, Penrhyn Pharmacy & Post Office which also houses a small gift shop,  3u's gift shop and a launderette. 

Is there a super market?

          London Stores in the village is a mini market and newsagent for most supplies and opens til late every day. The local garages at Penyparc also have small stores for essentials, and there is a NISA mini market at the Gogerddan petrol station at the top of the road north out of the village.  The nearest large supermarket is Tesco in Cardigan - head South from Aberporth and take first turning into Cardigan. There is also an Aldi store nearby.  

Is there a cinema?

          The nearest cinema is in Cardigan at Theatr Mwldan 

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