The picturesque town of Aberaeron in Ceredigion has something for everyone!
A green field, surrounded by attractive Georgian houses provides a unique focal point for the centre of the town, known as Cae Sgwar or 'the Square Field'. Many of the surrounding Georgeon houses still possess the trademarks of the original builders on the keystone designs above the doors and windows. Llanerchaeron and the beautiful 'Milford House' ( also known as 'The Stamp House' after featuring on a postage stamp in 1970) have become places visitors to Aberaeron must go and see. There is a 3km cycle / walking path through the pleasant Aeron Valley linking the coastal town of Aberaeron with the National Trust property at Llanerchaeron. Above Aberaeron Sea Aquarium there is also a collection of photographs of old Aberaeron taken by Percy Lloyd on glass plates in the 19th century - well worth a look.
The town has an abundance of interesting shops to explore. The Aberaeron Craft Centre, The Blacksmith's Shop and Old Barn Hobbies are just a few places to buy unusual gifts and souvenirs.
Besides being a busy port in the nineteenth century, many ships were built here and it's definitely worth taking a leisurely stroll along the seafront. At Aberaeron Sea Aquarium you can see the creatures and fish that live in the waters of Cardigan Bay and find out about life at sea, the fish you eat and a sustainable future for fishing. You can even go on a 'Coastal Voyage' exploring the Heritage Coast and New Marine SAC (Special Area of Conservation) of Cardigan Bay. The skipper will manoeuvre the boat amongst rocks and coves whilst the on-board marine naturalist provides an informed commentary about the sea life.
Aberaeron even has its very own family golf course. The nine-hole pitch and putt is an ideal course for beginners and children. For those who want to see more of the beautiful coastline, hot air balloon flights are launched from golf course throughout the season.
The National Trust headland overlooks the secluded nearby sandy beach of Mwnt, which was awarded a Green Coast Award last year. On the headland you can see the tiny Church of the Holy Cross, which dates from around 1400 and stands on the site of a much earlier Celtic church. The church was once a strategic point on the pilgrim's route to Bardsey Island where twenty thousand Celtic Saints are said to be buried.
Along the coast road from Aberaeron is Aberystwyth which has a pier and a fine seafront that stretches from Constitution Hill at the north end of the Promenade to the mouth of the harbour at the south, taking in two separate beach stretches divided by the castle. Today it is essentially made up of four different areas: Aberystwyth town, Llanbadarn Fawr, Waunfawr and Penparcau, with Penparcau being the most populous.
Aberystwyth is a major tourist centre and a cultural link between North Wales and South Wales. Constitution Hill is scaled by the Aberystwyth Electric Cliff Railway giving access to fine views and other attractions at the top, while much of the finest scenery in Mid Wales lies within easy reach of the town. This includes the wilderness of the Cambrian Mountains, whose valleys contain forests and meadows which have changed little in centuries. A convenient way of reaching the interior is by the preserved narrow gauge Vale of Rheidol Railway.
Devils Bridge Falls is a world famous tourist attraction 12 miles from Aberystwyth. These unique waterfalls have attracted many thousands of visitors since the 18th century, including William Wordsworth who wrote about the "Torrent at the Devil's Bridge". Today, the Falls Nature Trail provides a unique opportunity to see this great natural feature in the Rheidol Gorge.
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