Top 5 Beaches in Cardigan Bay

Our pick of the best beaches for your summer holiday in North Wales...

It’s no wonder that Wales is a popular destination for tourists. There is stunning scenery, many outdoor activities, miles of natural wildlife habitat, and some of the best beaches you’re likely to visit here in the UK. Cardigan Bay is an area of outstanding beauty, with a choice of family-friendly beaches, rugged coastal walks and rock pools filled with marine life. We at Pritchard Leisure are committed to adding value to your holiday experience, so we have put together this guide of our Top Five Beaches around Cardigan Bay.


1. Harlech Beach

This beautiful stretch of golden sand is ideal for many kinds of activity and sits beneath Harlech Castle, a World Heritage Site. Access is good, thanks to a 400-metre path to the beach, and there is a shop and café. In addition to being a great place for family fun, the rolling sand dunes are a National Nature Reserve and provide habitat for plants, insects and birds. It is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

2. Bennar Beach

Bennar’s wonderful, sandy beach is near the village of Dyffryn Ardudwy, and is fringed by sand dunes, which are a Site of Special Scientific Interest. While relaxing on this beach, you get beautiful views of the coastline to the north and south. The environment here is ideal for surfing, and Bennar is regarded as one of the best places for consistently good waves. Another popular activity is fishing. While the beach itself is fantastic for families, a mile further north is a designated area for naturists, who enjoy naked bathing, but these areas have been clearly signposted.

3. Tal-y-Bont Beach

Tal-y-Bont Beach is a stunning sandy beach located between the town of Barmouth and the relatively untamed Morfa Dyffryn Beach. Backed by sand dunes that reach further than Morfa Dyffryn, this area has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its reputation as one of the most adaptable ecosystems in the UK. The dunes are a must-see for wildlife lovers, as they are home to a wide range of animal and plant life, including orchids and sharp sea rushes. Bird watchers will enjoy spotting ringed plovers and cormorants, as well as an array of other visiting birds that are attracted to the habitat. If you are staying with us at Sarnfaen Holiday Park then good news, this beach is only a 5 minute stroll!

4. Barmouth Beach

If you like a traditional seaside resort, complete with quirky shops, buzzy pubs, calm cafes and amusement arcades Barmouth Beach is the place for you. Yet, the vastness of the sands means there is always a quiet spot to be found. The beautiful harbour, on the Mawddach Estuary, is good for fishing trips, while the beach itself is a good spot for all kinds of water sports. Access to the beach is good, including for disabled users, and there is a no-craft zone to protect swimmers.

5. Fairbourne Beach

Fairbourne beach is located on the northern side of the Mawddach Estuary on the North Wales coast, opposite Barmouth. The beach is mostly made up of pebbled banks and grassy dunes, however, at high tide, a two-mile stretch of golden sand is revealed.

Great for walking, nature spotting and paddling, you will also enjoy the beautiful views out into the Irish Sea as well as the mountains of Snowdonia National Park. When the conditions are favourable, surfers flock to the west side of the beach to catch the waves.

During the summer, a narrow-gauge heritage miniature railway runs here, connecting to a passenger ferry that takes people across the estuary to Barmouth.


Ready to visit?

All of these amazing beaches are within easy reach of our beautiful Sarnfaen holiday park. In addition, we have the creature comforts you need for a luxurious holiday. So, book your stay in Wales today for a fun-filled beach getaway!



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