Must do in Aberaeron

Whether you enjoy a stroll around a 19th century estate, kayaking along a river or a hearty harbour meal after a train ride, Aberaeron is a place where all visitors can explore and unwind.

  • Llanerchaeron, near Aberaeron, Ceredigion
    Llanerchaeron, near Aberaeron, Ceredigion by Barbara Fuller

    There's a lot to take in at this minor gentry estate, largely unchanged since the 18th century, when John Nash designed its villa and walled kitchen gardens. Meet sheep, pigs and Welsh black cattle on the working organic farm or wander around artefacts left by its last resident 25 years ago.

  • A selection from The Cellar Restaurant

    A selection from The Cellar Restaurant

     by The Cellar Restaurant

    Aside from the obvious perk of beautiful views across the harbour in all weathers, The Cellar is one of Aberaeron's best rated restaurants, with a cosy atmosphere and specialities including Carmarthenshire mussels, scallops, cod, shrimp and sea bass. The dog friendly terrace is the setting for tapas during the summer months.

  • Boxes of produce from Blaencamel Farm, Ceredigion

    Produce from Blaencamel Farm, Ceredigion

     by Blaencamel Farm

    Crossing 45 acres of wildlife, this award winning family farm is renowned for its organic produce, ecological ethos and woodlands. Take a stroll along the River Nant and visit the acre of greenhouses to find out the secrets behind their specialities, then visit the shop to pick, taste and sample for yourself.

  • Vale of Rheidol

    Vale of Rheidol, Ceredigion

    Opened to the public in 1902, the Light Railway was one of the finest narrow gauge routes in the world at its peak. The last steam railway owned by British Rail before being privatised in 1989, it's now a gentle way to wind through stop-off points from Devil's Bridge to Aberystwyth.

  • Fresh fish and seafood are sold by the waterside here, while squid, crab, pulled pork and steak feature on the restaurant menu. Sweet teeth are catered for in unique style with homemade honey ice cream (including a Turkish Delight version), and you'll be entertained by live music at the weekend.

  • Silver Mountain Experience, Ceredigion

    Silver Mountain Experience, Ceredigion

     by Silver Mountain Experience

    It's been a while since Wales's best-kept silver lead mine rumbled industrially, but the lives of the hard-hatted workers and the folklore of orcs and spirits echoes through these forests and shafts. Try an interactive challenge or, if you dare, venture through the underground on an evocative and spooky journey.

  • Passengers aboard a Dolphin Tours RIB

    Passengers on a coastal voyage

     by Dolphin Tours

    Cardigan Bay is just one of two places along the British coast where bottlenose dolphins can be spotted. Over 300 of them spend part of the year in the area, usually throughout the summer, peaking in numbers during September and October. Dolphin Tours is one of several companies operating trips to watch these wonderful creatures cavorting in their natural habitat.

  • Hafod Estate, Ceredigion

    Hafod Estate, Ceredigion

    From the mid 18th century, Thomas Johnes – perhaps the best known owner of this spectacular 200 hectare estate - laid out its paths in a picturesque style to suit picturesque walks. 200 years later, his success means you can plot your path (from easy to strenuous) along bridges, monuments, cascades and valleys.

  • Honey wine was an inebriating favourite among the Welsh during Roman times, so this passionately run complex of hives added a tipple making meadery to its tea room and shop, which had been supplying sweet treats since the mid 1980s. An intriguing accompanying exhibition is laid out on the top floor of a chapel.

  • Set on the coast and highly experienced at keeping things safe and fun, this friendly activity centre offers everything from family residential stays to individual one off thrills. Try mountain climbing, zipping and the high ropes of the sky tower, paddle with seals or canoe along the glorious coast.