Best Beaches in Ceredigion, Wales

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Ceredigion is a beautiful corner of Wales that has gorgeous beaches to suit everyone’s tastes. Find out which are our top 3 and discover why they’re our favourites.

1 – Llangrannog Beach

Llangrannog beach

Llangrannog beach has it all – beautiful golden sands, picturesque setting, plenty of pubs and restaurants and lots of parking options. What attracted us to visit Llangrannog was the potential to try out some body boarding, as it is well know for having decent surf. When we arrived we found it also has lots of other attractions which make it perfect for families.

There is a free carpark about half a mile away from the beach, which has a park and ride option in the summer months, or a smaller car park right next to the beach.

The beach itself wasn’t overcrowded and had plenty of soft, golden sand for us to set up camp on and there are cliffs on either side offering some protection on windier days. May to September the beach is lifeguarded making it a safe place to enjoy the water, whether you’re into bodyboarding, surfing, paddle boarding or simply swimming.

There are pubs, restaurants and cafes, which cater for everybody’s needs, right next to the beach offering up anything from homemade pub grub to delicious ice creams and milkshakes.

It even has a secret hidden beach that you can only get to at low tide.

2 – Mwnt Beach

Mwnt sandy beach

Mwnt beach is a beautiful golden, sandy cove with a gorgeous back drop of cliffs and rolling green hills. The real pull of this beach is its remote and peaceful setting. It is well known as a great place to spot dolphins and within an hour of arriving we were delighted to spot a group of 3 dolphins playing nearby in the bay.

It is owned by the National Trust so if you are a member parking is free, otherwise there is a daily charge of £5. From the car park it is a short walk across the road and down some steps to get to the beach.

As you walk down to the beach, the view is simply stunning. There is plenty of room on the soft sand to find the perfect spot for the day and the shallow water and pools created by the stream make it a great place for kids to play.

There are less food options here than Llangrannog, but there is a kiosk selling great coffee, hot and cold snacks and ice creams with a view.

3 – Penbryn Beach

Penbryn beach is also owned by the National Trust and is a lovely mile long stretch of powdery, soft sand which is sheltered by the nearby woodlands. It is a gently sloping beach so is a great place for a swim but beware, there is no life guard service.

Over the years it has won many awards for its cleanliness and is a beautiful spot for sunbathing, sandcastle building or a game of beach cricket. There is a cafe nearby called The Plwmp Tart, which has indoor and outdoor seating and offers a range of hot and cold food and drinks, with delicious homemade cakes.

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Written by Laura Mills

Laura loves travelling across the UK and abroad. She has two children and a husband who are often her travel companions. Beach holidays, cosy cottages, treehouse adventures and brunching are just a few of her favourite ways to spend her travel time.