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Terraced houses on Aberdyfi seafront

Aberdyfi [3] (Aberdovey) is a village in Gwynedd. It lies at the mouth of the river Dyfi, from which it derives it's name. Aberdyfi is a holiday resort, popular with golfers and sailors. It marks the southern edge of the Snowdonia National Park.

Get in

By Rail

Aberdyfi is served by the Cambrian Line, operated by Arriva Trains Wales [4]. There are 2 stations, the request only Penhelig at the eastern end of the village, and Aberdyfi, at the western end of the village.

By Road

Aberdyfi is on the A493 Machynlleth to Tywyn road

By Sea

Aberdyfi Harbour has facilities for visiting yachts. The Harbour Master can be contacted on 01654 767626.

Get around

Aberdyfi is easy to get around on foot, though some streets away from the harbour front can be quite steep.

Cycle Hire

is available in nearby Tywyn

Car Hire

Trefeddian Car Hire 01654 767863


Dyfi Cabs 07831 551538/07773 385335


The Jetty at Aberdyfi Harbour


  • Aberdovey Golf Club [5]. 01654 767493. A popular Championship links course.
  • Dovey Yacht Club [6]. 01654 767607.
  • Walk up to the Bandstand on the hill above the village centre, for great views acrosss the village and the estuary.
    • For a more strenuous walk, but one which will reward you with even better views, follow Copperhill St uphill from the village and keep on walking as it turns into a steep country lane. Eventually this leads to the mythical Bearded Lake (Llyn Barfog), scene of a battle between King Arthur and a monster called the Afanc. Arthur's horse left its hoofprint in a nearby rock known as Carn March Arthur. The lake is also the scene of another well-known legend regarding a local farmer and his herd of magic fairy cows. Follow signs to the nearby Echo which is mildly entertaining. If you have a car you can drive up the hill until the tarmac runs out, and leave the car. From here it's only a short walk to the lake.
  • Fish for crabs off the jetty. Kids love it. Hooks, Lines and bait can be bought from Dyfi Marine (see "Buy").
  • Outward Bound Aberdyfi (Outdoor Activity Centre), 01654 767464, [1]. Outward Bound was one of the first Outdoor Pursuits centres in the UK. They also have centres in Cumbria and Scotland, but Aberdyfi was where it all started. They offer courses for companies, schools, families and individuals.


  • The Gallery, 11 New Street, 01654 767319, [2]. Aberdyfi has long been popular with artists and The Gallery always has a good selection of works on sale
  • Dyfi Marine (Yacht Chandler. Also sells some fishing tackle and bait), Copperhill St, 01654 767581.


The Penhelig Arms [7]. 01654 767215. Awarded UK Seafood Pub of the Year in 2005. Not just for fish-lovers though. You can eat in the bar or the adjacent restaurant (booking recommended).


  • The Penhelig Arms [8]. 01654 767215.
  • The Dovey Inn [9]. 01654 767332.
  • The Britannia Inn. 01654 767426. Lovely terrace overlooking the harbour - arrive early for a seat here if the weather's good.



  • The Penhelig Arms [10]. 01654 767215. Acclaimed 18th-Century Inn overlooking the estuary at the eastern end of the village.
  • Trefeddian Hotel[11]. 01654 767213. Half a mile or so out of town, on a hillside above the main coast road heading towards Tywyn. The largest hotel in the area with 59 rooms, overlooking the golf course. Heated swimming pool, tennis courts, 9-hole putting green, snooker room, beauty salon. WTB 3-star.

There's a wide choice of B&B and self catering accommodation. Campers may need to head north towards Tywyn.


  • Tourist Information Centre, Wharf Gardens. 01654 767321.

Area Code

The area dialling code is 01654. To call from overseas, dial +44 1654 XXXXXX


  • Tywyn Library, Neptune Road, [[Tywyn]]. (In Tywyn, 4 miles to the north). Opens 10-5.30 (Mo/Th/Fr), 10-7 (Tu), 10-12.30 (Sa). Closed for lunch 1-2pm.. 4 PC's with free broadband internet access..

Post Office

Aberdyfi's Post Office is at Penrhos Service Station, close to Aberdyfi train station. 01654 767530.


  • Cambrian News. Local English-language newspaper, published weekly. Covers Ceredigion, North Powys, South Gwynedd. Renowned for it's occasionally bizarre headlines.
  • Dail Dysynni. Welsh-language monthly newspaper, dedicated to the Bro Dysynni area.
  • Radio Ceredigion 96.6-97.4 FM. Bilingual community radio station, broadcasting from Aberystwyth to the Cardigan Bay area.
  • BBC Radio Wales 882 and 657 AM.

Stay Safe


In an emergency, dial 999 or 112 (ideally from a landline) and request ambulance, police or fire service.

  • Bronglais District General Hospital, Aberystwyth. 01970 623131. The nearest Accident & Emergency unit. Open 24 hours.
  • Tywyn Memorial Hospital, Aberdyfi Road, Tywyn. 01654 710411/0845 8501362(Out of Hours). Local Cottage Hospital. Medical cover is provided by the local GP surgery during the hours of 08:30 to 18:30 hours. The care is then taken over by the Out of Hours Service. The Minor Injuries Unit is open from 09:00 to 24:00 hours and is manned by a Clinical Practitioner.
  • Neptune Dental Surgery Neptune Road, Tywyn. 01654 710607. NHS and Private dentist. Has an attached dental laboratory for any denture repair work.

Beaches and Coast

Due to the fact that is part of a tidal river estuary, the beach at the village itself can be subject to strong and unpredictable currents, so care should be exercised in the water. Better to head half a mile or so north, away from the river mouth. The beach stretches all the way to Tywyn and has a safe reputation due to it's gently-shelving nature, though of course sensible precautions should still be taken.

General advice for safe swimming:

  • A red flag means danger. Do not enter the water if the red flag is flying
  • Consider bathing at a beach that's under lifeguard protection
  • Don't swim alone at a deserted beach
  • Don't use inflatables. They are easily swept away by strong currents
  • If you see someone in trouble, call 999 and ask for Coastguard
  • Inquire about swimming conditions at local tourist offices prior to venturing to a beach without lifeguard cover
  • Read warning notices posted near beach access sites


Snowdonia's mountains claim lives every year. The weather can change very quickly in this part of the World, and this is especially true in the mountains. Make sure you are wearing suitable clothing and footwear, and always carry a suitable map. Ordnance Survey 1:25000 scale Explorer Map OL23 Cadair Idris and Bala Lake is ideal, alternatively the 1:50000 scale Landranger series sheets 124 Dolgellau and Porthmadog and 135 Aberystwyth and Machynlleth.

Follow the Mountain Safety Code:

Before You Go

  • Learn the use of map and compass
  • Know the weather signs and local forecast
  • Plan within your capabilities
  • Know simple first aid and the symptoms of exposure
  • Know the mountain distress signals
  • Know the country code

When You Go

  • Never go alone
  • Leave written word of your route and report your return
  • Take windproofs, woollens and survival bag
  • Take map and compass, torch and food
  • Wear climbing boots
  • Keep alert all day
  • Avoid disturbance to farming, forestry and field sports

If There is Snow On The Hills

  • Always have an ice axe for each person
  • Carry a climbing rope and know the correct use of rope and ice axe
  • Learn to recognise dangerous snow slope

Get out

The Talyllyn Railway, only 4 miles away in Tywyn
  • Machynlleth is a pleasant market town with an "alternative" feel, 11 miles to the east. It hosts a regular street market every Wednesday, as well as being home to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). The Centre for Alternative Technology, a few miles north of the town, is well worth a visit. Just a short distance further north lies the village of Corris, with a number of craft shops.
  • Tywyn, just 4 miles to the north by train or the main A493 road (possible to walk there along the beach) is home to the World-famous Talyllyn Railway.

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