Aberaeron Georgian Harbour Town Cardigan Bay

Aberaeron Cardigan Bay West Wales - Image by Janet Baxter
Photo of Aberaeron – Janet Baxter

Aberaeron – a charming Georgian town on the Cardigan Bay coast of West Wales

History of Aberaeron

Aberaeron has a long history as a fishing port with many local people supplementing their income by fishing for herring during the season.

In 1805 plans were laid to construct the harbour at the mouth of the Aeron River. This resulted in the town being greatly expanded with many fine houses being built. The railways brought about the development of many coastal towns such as Aberaeron, Bournemouth and Brighton as holiday destinations


Aberaeron has a good selection of guest houses, self catering cottages and and excellent restaurants. The great classic architect John Nash who built the near by Llanerchaeron mansion was reputedly involved in the planning of the new town.

Shipbuilding also flourished with over 60 sailing vessels being built including 35 schooners ‘the greyhound of the ocean’ Aberaeron became a thriving and prosperous town.

Today in Aberaeron

Aberaeron retains its Georgian character with elegant brightly painted town houses and is still a focal point for the rural communities in mid Cardiganshire.
Enjoy a stroll around the harbour along Quay Parade, and enjoy lunch or afternoon tea at the Hive on the Quay or The Cellar.

Take a boat trip to explore Cardigan Bay’s marine ecology and Heritage Coast from the harbour.
Plus many charming shops including the Aberaeron Craft Centre, eating places and pubs to enjoy.

Aberaeron to Llanerchaeron Cycle-way

Aberaeron to Llanerchaeron CyclewayThe 3k trip from the edge of town along the old railway track to the historic National Trust mansion and Walled garden at Llanerchaeron makes a lovely family day out. The wide level pedestrian pathway is ideal for cyclists, pushchairs or wheelchairs.

Aberaeron is easy to find on the main A487 Cardigan to Aberystwyth road. There is a regular bus service between Cardigan and Aberystwyth that stops at Aberaeron. There is also plenty of parking in the town. The excellent restaurant – The Harbour Master is situated on the harbour.

Where to stay in Aberaeron

Links to useful sites: Aberaeron Chamber of Trade Website