to Aberaeron on Cardigan Bay in West Wales
charming regency town and with its multi coloured houses, attractive
harbour, Hotels, B&B and self-catering Holiday Cottages it has
much to offer the visitor. Centrally located on Cardigan Bay, Aberaeron
is close to Aberystwyth and Cardigan towns, while Lampeter and Tregaron
are a short drive inland through the beautiful Aeron Valley, much loved
by the poet Dylan
lived locally for a while.
Click on the
photo for a larger image
At the mouth
of the Aeron River, Aberaeron has been built on a level area between
the mountains and the sea formed during the last ice-age
10,000 years ago. It was the site in the 12th century of a medieval
fort described by Samuel Lewis in 1833 as "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."
Aberaeron is a rare example of a
town in Wales that was planned from the outset.
The town as we know it today began in 1807 when the Rev
Alban Thomas-Jones Gwynne obtained a private Act of Parliament to
rebuild the harbour. Subsequently the town was planned in the regency
style around a large open square - named
Alban Square (full details on our 'History
of Aberaeron' page).
the nineteenth century Aberaeron was a thriving port. Samuel Lewis
writes in 1833: 'The port is......in a thriving state. There are from
thirty to forty sloops belonging to it, of from seventeen to one
hundred tons' burthen, which are navigated by about 120 seamen: they
are chiefly employed in the importation of coal and culm, and two of
them trade regularly with Bristol. The principal articles of
importation, in addition, are grocery and timber; and of exportation,
butter and oats: there is also a lucrative herring fishery, in which
about thirty boats, with seven men to each, are engaged.'
David - On the southern side of Aberaeron, is the little village
of Henfynyw. It is here that Saint David, the patron saint of Wales is
said to have been born in Capel Non about the year 500. There is a
tradition that the Cathedral of St. David's was originally meant to
have been built at nearby Henfynyw. St David was buried at St Davids in
Pembrokeshire, which was the site of one of his monasteries.
| Each year, Aberaeron holds the
The Aberaeron Festival of Welsh Cobs and Ponies - being held in 2010 on
Monday 30th August 2010. Nearby Llanarth produced many famous Welsh
cobs, including Llanarth Meteor, Llanarth Rhys and Llanarth Comet. Now
the stud has closed, descendants of these ponies are found worldwide.
In 2005, a life-size bronze statue of a Welsh Cob was donated to the
town by the Aberaeron Festival of Welsh Cobs and Ponies to denote the
area as 'Welsh Cob Country'.
Aberaeron Town Trail was established in 2007 during the
bicentennial celebrations - 200 years since the Act of Parliament to
create the new harbour. Twenty two notable locations within the town
were chosen, and each was given a commemorative bronze plaque in the
shape of the 'Aberaeron shovel' a shovel produced in the forge of the
Davies family from the 1850s until the 1930s. Click
here to visit our 'Town Trail' page.
Accommodation- There is
a wide variety of holiday accommodation in and around Aberaeron,
hotels, guest houses, B&B, self catering holiday cottages, and
caravans. If you click on the links at the top of the page, you will
see more details about them.
Big Freeze 2010 /2011: Like much of Britain, Aberaeron and
Wales experienced seriously low temperatures during late December and
more snowfall than is normal so close to the coast. There was a
considerable amount of ice on the Aeron, as shown by the photos taken
by Kate Attrill. Click on the photo on the left for a new page of
other local websites:
A History in Pictures, by Roger Bryan. Aberaeron and its
appealing multi-coloured Georgian houses and small harbour is one of
the most attractive little coastal towns in the country. This colour
illustrated bilingual book is a celebration of the town's history.
Published by Cymdeithas Aberaeron Society. Click on the image to buy a
copy from Roger Bryan's website.
- everything you need to know
about New Quay in West Wales.
- a wide selection of self
catering accommodation in the Cardigan Bay area.
- holiday caravans and chalets
in holiday parks, on farms and smallholdings.
- special places to stay in and
around New Quay in West Wales.