Aberaeron is picture postcard pretty with its colourful Georgian style houses and graceful architecture. Built in the early 1800s, Aberaeron is one of Wales's first ‘planned’ towns, and the brainchild of the Rev Alban Jones-Gwynne.
Once a busy fishing port, today Aberaeron is one of Ceredigion's best loved holiday resorts with its pastel shaded houses and fashionable places to stay and eat. Aberaeron also has a good selection of independent shops selling everything from fishing tackle to designer clothes and the freshest of fish to cheeses straight from the dairy.
Aberaeron has two beaches - Aberaeron North and Aberaeron South. The Ceredigion section of the Wales Coast Path runs along North beach, leading on to the harbour and, just a short walk though town, you'll find Aberaeron's Seaside Award and Green Coast Award winning beach, rewarded for amongst other things, its cleanliness. From here you can follow the coast path south towards New Quay.
Sailing plays a major part in the life of the town and the colourful harbour is awash with boats. A series of regattas organised by the Aberaeron Yacht Club are held each summer and not many harbours can boast a tug-of-war competition across the water.
Aberaeron is also a bit of a foodie town with the Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival held in July on the quayside. It's an unmissable opportunity to taste local seafood, fish and local produce prepared by local and celebrity chefs along the quayside.
August is a great month for events in the town with the annual carnival weekend, a gritty ‘Aberaeron 7s’ rugby tournament and the bi-annual Welsh Pony and Cob Festival.
A short walk or cycle ride along the river Aeron takes you to Llanerchaeron, an 18th century Welsh minor gentry estate, now owned by the National Trust. The villa, designed in the 1790s, is the most complete example of the early work of John Nash.
Aberaeron's Tourist Information Centre is located at the far end of the harbour is open Monday to Saturday throughout the year and on Sundays too during the summer months and holiday weekends. Drop in for a chat with the staff for ideas and browse the local crafts for sale.
Stay in Aberaeron
Aberaeron and the surrounding area has a great choice of places to stay. If you're looking for a hotel, B&B, self-catering cottage or caravan accommodation in Aberaeron, take a look at our accommodation pages.