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Aberaeron is a seaside town in Ceredigion, Wales between Aberystwyth and Cardigan and is home to the headquarters of Ceredigion County Council.

Aberaeron was planned and built in 1805 by the Rev. Alban Thomas Jones. It is built around the estuary of the River Aeron, which has been enlarged to provide a small half-tide harbour for recreational craft. The estuary is also crossed by a wooden pedestrian bridge.

The architecture of Aberaeron is unusual in this part of rural Wales, being constructed around a principal square of elegant Regency style buildings grouped around the harbour.

Some of the architecture was of sufficient interest to feature on British postage stamps

Aberaeron is located on the A487 road and the A482 road strikes inland from the town to Lampeter and beyond.

The shore-line at Aberaeron consists of generally steep storm beaches made of cobbles, although fine sand is visible at low tide levels. Following improvement to sewage disposal and treatment, Aberaeron south beach was awarded the Blue fact rural beach award in 2005.

The climate is mild and temperate, largely conditioned by the proximity of the relatively shallow sea. However, Aberaeron can suffer from occasional winter frosts when cold air descends the Aeron valley from the upland parts of Ceredigion.

The town is notable for the sale of honey and especially honey ice-cream.

With 70% of Aberaeron's inhabitants able to speak Welsh according to the 2001 census, Aberaeron is one of the few coastal areas left in Ceredigion, which remains predominantly Welsh-speaking.

Sir Geraint Evans, the renowned opera singer had a home in Aberaeron for more than 30 years.

For more information see: http://www.aberaeron.org.uk/


 Farmers Markets in Aberaeron:
 Aberaeron Certified Market
       Alban Square Field
       Aberaeron
       Ceredigion
       SA46 0AD
 10am-3pm Occurence 1st Wednesday each month June - October
 01970 633 066


 Libraries in Aberaeron:
 Aberaeron Library
       County Hall
       Stryd y Farchnad,
       Aberaeron
       SA46 0AT
 01545 572500
 Mon 10.00am-1.00pm 2.00pm-3.30pm 4.00pm-8.00pm
       Tues 10.00am-12.00pm 1.00pm-4.00pm
       Wed 9.00am-1.00pm 2.00pm-4.00pm
       Thurs 10.00am-1.00pm 2.00pm-4.30pm
       Fri 10.00am-1.00pm 2.00pm-4.30pm
       Sat 10.00am-12.00pm


 Museums in Aberaeron:
 Aberaeron Sea Aquarium
       2 Quay Parade
       Aberaeron
       Ceredigion
       SA46 0BT
 01545 570142


 Rugby in Aberaeron:
 Aberaeron RFC
       Vicarage Hill
       Aberaeron
       Ceredigion
       SA46 0DY
 01545 571218


 Vets in Aberaeron:
 Priory Veterinary Group
       5 Dark Gate St
       Aberaeron
       Ceredigion
       SA46 0JH
 01545 571341


 Sailing in Aberaeron:
 Aberaeron Yacht Club
       South beach
       Aberaeron
       Ceredigion
       SA46 0DP
 01545 57007


 Tourist Information Centres in Aberaeron:

 Telephone:

01545 570602

 Fax:

01545 571534

 Email:

[email protected]

 Address:

The Quay
Aberaeron
Ceredigion
SA46 0BT

 Hours:

Summer Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 18.00 
Winter Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 17:00 


 Pubs/Bars in Aberaeron:
 Black Lion Hotel
       Alban Square
       Aberaeron
       Dyfed
       SA46 0AD
 01545 571382

 The Cadwgan Inn
       10 Market Street
       Aberaeron
       Dyfed
       SA46 0AU
 01545 570149

 Castle Hotel
       Bridge Street
       Aberaeron
       Dyfed
       SA46 0AR

 Feathers Royal Hotel
       Alban Square
       Aberaeron
       Dyfed
       SA46 0AQ

 Harbour Master Hotel
       Quay Parade
       Aberaeron
       Dyfed
       SA46 0BT

 Monachty Arms Hotel
       Market Street
       Aberaeron
       Dyfed
       SA46 0AS
 01545 570389

 Prince Of Wales
       Queen Street
       Aberaeron
       Dyfed
       SA46 0BY
 01545 570366

 Royal Oak
       North Road
       Aberaeron
       Dyfed
       SA46 0JG
 01545 570233

 Victoria Hotel
       Victoria Street
       Aberaeron
       Dyfed
       SA46 0DA
 01545 570347


 B&B's/Guesthouses in Aberaeron:
 Coedmor
 2 Cadwgan Place
       Aberaeron
       Ceredigion
       SA46 0BU 
 01545 571615
 [email protected]
 http://www.coedmorbandb.co.uk

 Arosfa Harbourside Guesthouse
 Harbourside
       Aberaeron
       Ceredigion
       SA46 0BU 
 01545 570120
 [email protected]
 http://www.arosfaguesthouse.co.uk

 Gwennaul
       Drefach
       Aberaeron
       Ceredigion
       SA46 0JR 
 01545 571756
 [email protected]

 Lima House
       1 victoria street
       Aberaeron
       Ceredigion
       SA46 0DA 
 01545 570720
 01545 570720
 [email protected]
 http://www.limahouse.co.uk


 Hotels in Aberaeron:
 Castle Hotel
       Market Street
       Aberaeron
       Ceredigion
       SA46 0AU
 01545 570205

 Feathers Royal
       Alban Square
       Aberaeron
       Ceredigion
       SA46 0AQ
 01545 571750

 Harbour Master Hotel
       Harbour Lane
       Aberaeron
       Ceredigion
       SA46 0BA
 01545 570755

 Monachty Arms Hotel
       7 Market Street
       Aberaeron
       Ceredigion
       SA46 0AS
 01545 570389

 Victoria Hotel
       Victoria Street
       Aberaeron
       Ceredigion
       SA46 0DA
 01545 571838


 Food - Restaurants in Aberaeron:
 Cherubs Cafe & Restaurant (British)
       7 Clos Pencarreg
       Aberaeron
       Ceredigion
       SA46 0DX
 01545 571721

 The New Celtic Restaurant
       8 Market Street
       Aberaeron
       Ceredigion
       SA46 0AS,
 01545 570369

 Ty-Thai
       2 Regent Street
       Aberaeron
       Ceredigion
       SA46 0HY
 01545 570578


 Food - Take Away in Aberaeron:
 Big Bite (Fish & Chips)
       7 Alban Square
       Aberaeron
       Ceredigion
       SA46 0AD
 01545 570848

 Friends Salad Bar
       The Old Post Office
       5b Alban Square
       Aberaeron
       Ceredigion
       SA46 0AD
 01545 571122

 Saagar Tandoori
       1 Regent Street
       Aberaeron
       Ceredigion
       SA46 0HY
 01545 571735


 Campsites/Carvans in Aberaeron:
 Avon Estates Ltd
       Gilfach Holiday Village
       Llwyncelyn
       Aberaeron
       Ceredigion
       SA46 0HN
 01545 580288

 Wide Horizons Holiday Parks
       Cardigan Road
       Aberaeron
       Ceredigion
       SA46 0ET
 01545 570043


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Aberaeron, or Aberayron - From 'A Topographical Dictionary of Wales' (1849)
ABERAERON, or ABERAYRON (ABERAERON), a sea-port, and rising watering-place, partly in the parish of Hnvynyw, but principally in that of Llandewy-Aberarth, lower division of the hundred of Ilar, county of Cardigan, South Wales, 16 miles (S. W. by S.) from Aberystwith, and 23 (E. N. E.) from Cardigan; containing 534 inhabitants. The village is agreeably situated on the road from Cardigan to Aberystwith, at the lower extremity of the Vale of Aron, the sides of which are in this part abrupt, and clothed with wood; and on the shore of Cardigan bay, at the influx of the river Aron. This river here separates the parishes of Hnvynyw and Llandewy-Aberarth, and, with some springs in the neighbourhood, affords the inhabitants an ample supply of water; it is noted for trout and salmon, and there are several corn-mills on its banks. Aberaron is indebted for its origin to the late Rev. Alban Thomas Jones Gwynne, of Ty-Glyn, who, in 1807, obtained an act of parliament, under the authority of which he built two piers at the mouth of the river Aron, with convenient wharfs, cranes, and storehouses, at an expense of about 6000. The pier on the west was one hundred yards in length, and the other ninety, and both were built of stone; but, from the very exposed situation of the place, they were insufficient to afford adequate protection to vessels from the violence of north-westerly winds. To remove this inconvenience, it was necessary for the present proprietor, Colonel Gwynne, to extend the western pier about one hundred yards, inclining in a northern direction; which has been effected. The scenery of the Vale of Aron is particularly beautiful, and, together with the marine atmosphere of the village, its retired situation, and improving condition, may render this, at no distant period, a place of very considerable resort during summer. Upwards of thirty new leases were granted some years ago, pursuant to which a number of houses have been built: a post-office, and an excellent posting-house and hotel, have also been established, the latter affording to families an equal degree of comfort and privacy to any inns in the principality. In 1835 an act was obtained for making and maintaining a road from New-Quay to this place.

The port is a member of that of Aberystwith, and 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. Near the entrance into the harbour is a bar, which is dry at low water. The merchants' stores are open weekly, on Wednesday, for the reception of corn; and markets for provisions, &c., are now held every Wednesday and Saturday, under the auspices of Colonel Gwynne, proprietor of the manor: a fair for hiring servants takes place on Nov. 13th. All the quarter-sessions of the county are held here, and there are petty-sessions once a month, for the whole of the Aberaron poor-law union: one of the county debt-courts established in 1847 is also fixed here, with jurisdiction over the union; and courts leet for the manor are held in May and October. There are places of worship for dissenters, and several schools. The poor-law union of which this place is the head, comprehends the fourteen parishes and townships of Ciliau-Aron, Cydplwyv, Dihewyd, Hnvynyw, Kilkennin, Llanarth, Llanbadarn-Trveglwys, Llandewy-Aberarth, Llandysilio-Gogo, Llanerchaeron, Llanina, Llanllwchairn, Llansantfraid with Llanon, and Llanvihangel-Ystrad. It is under the superintendence of sixteen guardians, and contains a population of upwards of 12,874.

Mynach-dy, the property and residence of Col. Gwynne, situated at a short distance from the village, is supposed, from its name, which signifies "monastery," to have been anciently a small ecclesiastical establishment: in the grounds are some tumuli, called Hn Gastell, of obscure origin. 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.



 

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