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About Ceredigion

Ceredigion, or Cardiganshire as it's charmingly known in English, lies on Wales' west coast, just south of Snowdonia National Park. Ceredigion is a true bastion of Welsh culture, and it has one of the highest percentages of Welsh-speakers amongst the country's counties. Don't worry though - anglophones are still more than welcome! It is the warm Welsh welcome that often stands out at the best places to stay in Ceredigion.

Ceredigion boasts a number of lovely sandy beaches which are ideal for long refreshing jaunts taking in the seaviews. It also used to be Wales's commercial centre, a hotspot for the lead, silver and zinc industries, as well as historically having a large emphasis on farming in the region.

Its best-known spot is definitely the charming market town of Aberystwyth. However, the best places to stay in Ceredigion are dotted all around the county, so keep an open mind when looking through our list to find the ideal holiday destination.

Where To Stay

  • Aberystwyth, Ceredigion's main administrative centre, enjoys a lovely coastal location and is home to numerous quaint and colourful properties.
  • Aberaeron is a quiet Georgian resort town that's perfect for those looking to get away from it all.

What Not To Miss

  • Sculptureheaven features two acres of gardens filled with a variety of fascinating sculptures - a great way to spend an hour or two with the family.
  • Mwnt Beach is a splendid example of Ceredigion's peaceful coastline.
  • For bird watchers the RSPB Ynyshir Nature Reserve is a must visit. Made up of picturesque wet grasslands, woodlands and saltmarshes it attracts a number of birds throughout the year.
  • Aberaeron is often regarded as the prettiest town on Wales' coast. The colourful regency style buildings around the harbour are certainly an attraction as is the choice selection of eateries.
  • Catch the steam train from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge for a fun way of viewing the scenic countryside.
  • Head to Cardigan Bay to spot the sociable bottlenose dolphin, the comparatively shy harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seals.
  • Devil Bridge Falls is an iconic spot to visit with an impressive three bridges built over the cascading River Mynach.

The best places to stay in Ceredigion

For Aberystwyth

  • Gwesty Cymru is a boutique seaside retreat that's very proud of its Welsh heritage. Contemporary accommodation and a laidback restaurant serving up lovely fare make this an all-round top spot.
  • Nanteos, located a short distance outside Aberystwyth, is a striking Georgian property mixing historic heritage with contemporary furnishings. A stay that you'll be sure to remember!

For Aberaeron

  • The seaside Harbourmaster Hotel offers strikingly colourful accommodation with freestanding baths as well as serving up splendid Welsh grub.

For Elsewhere

  • Penbontbren is a luxury B&B nestled amidst 32 acres of grounds. This cosy retreat has five rooms, including suites, and you can tuck into a Welsh breakfast each morning to set you up for the day.

For an Apartment or Holiday Home

If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • The best time weather-wise to visit is in the summer months, with the average temperature climbing to 19°C in August.
  • Ceredigion isn't blessed with great transport links - Birmingham Airport is nearest if you're flying in, however that's still a three-hour train ride away.
  • Therefore, if you're coming from inside the UK your best option is to probably take the train in.
  • If you want the privacy afforded to you by having a car, check out the wide selection available online with our partner, Rentalcars.

Still Not Sure?

Best Hotels in Ceredigion

  • Penbontbren Ceredigion 5 rooms from £70

    Local markets  -  Local Cardigan is a very busy market town in Ceredigion with medieval castle.
    Art Classes  -  Nearby Studio Llwyndrain is a unique facility in Wales for art courses
    Great walks  -  Tresaith is a coastal village nearby, linked to a coastal path.
    Sights nearby  -  Aberglasney House features one of the finest gardens in Wales.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    Penbontbren is a charming, luxury Bed and Breakfast nestled in 32 acres of grounds, surrounded by Welsh countryside and only 2 miles from wonderful national trust beaches. Beaming with character, this old Welsh farm has spacious private suites and substantial Welsh breakfasts! See More

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  • Nanteos Aberystwyth (Rhydyfelin) 21 rooms from £85

    Great walks  -  The house's gardens and surrounding countryside are perfect for walking. Go for a walk along the nearby Rheidol river.
    Local markets  -  Take a trip to the Farmers Market at Aberystwyth.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the magnificent Aberystwyth Castle.
    Full of character

    This magnificent Georgian house, surrounded by glorious woodland, feels like the backdrop to an Austen novel. A modern revamp has resulted in the creation of a stunning hotel with superb restaurant that mixes historic charm with contemporary luxury. See More

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  • Gwesty Cymru Aberystwyth 8 rooms from £90

    Local exploring  -  Chic hotel with local flare- Welsh handmade oak furniture, Welsh slate accents and bedrooms adorned with local oil paintings.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Aberystwyth’s 12th Century Castle, steeped in local history and folk lore.
    Great walks  -  Walk along the Wales Coastal Path to the sandy dunes of Ynyslas.
    Sailing  -  Take a boat trip from New Quay for some dolphin spotting.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    A boutique seaside hotel with a strong sense of Welsh identity and impressive sea views. Traditional stone walls sit alongside contemporary fittings. A laid backed restaurant serves up excellent local food. Perfectly situated to make the most of this corner of Wales. See More

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  • Harbourmaster Hotel Aberaeron, Ceredigion 11 rooms from £120

    Value chic  -  Cosy, sophisticated design with thoughtful details, warm service and top notch cuisine- without the designer pricetag.
    Country Escape  -  Nestled in a charming harbour town, with great walks, roaring fires and an extensie cellar.
    Great walks  -  Jump on the Welsh Coastal Path running straight by the front door.
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 5 other than in the cottages
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    A contemporary seaside hotel and restaurant in charming Aberaeron. Rooms spread among three historic harbour side buildings. Splashes of colour, wrought iron freestanding baths and lively patterns make this a unique property. The chef prepares modern welsh cuisine. A standout property. See More

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