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Things to do in Aberdovey

Posted on November 6th by Amy Bowers

Aberdovey or, in Wales, Aberdyfi, is a peaceful seaside village in South Snowdonia. Situated to the north side of the Dyfi estuary this thriving little harbour resort plays host to numerous activities, places to visit, and also just a stunning place to relax and take in the stunning views and breathe the sea air!



The Dovey Yacht Club is said to be the most beautifully situated sailing clubs in wales. Offering a number of courses from beginners to more advanced, it is a great place to get to know the water or indulge in your favourite past time. It is a members only club and temporary membership is available if you are on holiday here.


The 18 hole golf course at Aberdovey is listed in the top 100 courses in the world. It is a beautiful, traditional links course. A full days green fees are £64.00 and juniors are £20.


Probably the biggest attraction for the area is this mountain biking haven. The first dedicated trail centre in the UK, it offers 7 single tracks for mountain biking which cover all ages and abilities. There are also running trails, geocaching and walking routes along with seasonal activities – a really beautiful place offering a wide range of activities – a must to visit if in the area.


The journey starts on a boat and takes you through the waterfall into the ancient labyrinth where all the of myths and legends are revealed – it is a great adventure for all ages.


Try paddle boarding on the beautiful Dyfi estuary. Taster SUP Lessons of one hour sessions offer you a taste of paddle boarding and teach you the basics. £30/£35 per person including all equipment and wetsuits (and changing facilities in Aberdyfi). These sessions are subject to weather and tidal conditions so will be confirmed 24 hours before. 



Aberdovey is a  coastal town and the beach is at the heart of it all. With water sports galore, it is a fun place to be and access to shops, restaurants and loo’s is easy from the beach.


There are 600 castles in Wales, here are just a few.. CRICCIETHHARLECHCAERNARFONBEAUMARIS on Anglesey, PENRHYN CASTLE in Bangor and DOLWYDDELAN in Betws-y-Coed.

ZIP WORLD offers 10 incredible activities in North Wales…

  • Blaenau Ffestiniog is where you will find Bounce Below (an underground trampoline experience), Zip World Caverns (an incredible, underground exploring activity) and Titan (first 4 people zip line).
  • Conwy Valley is home to Zip Safari (a series of  23 zip lines through the trees), Plummet (jump from a 100ft tower), Skyride (Europe’s highest 5 seater swing), Treetop Nets (nets suspended in trees 60ft above the ground to run around in), Fforest Coaster (an alpine coaster that runs through the forest at exhilarating speeds) and Tree Hoppers (a woodland experience for younger ones).
  • Bangor is where you will find Velocity (the fastest zipline in the world and the longest in Europe).


An artificial surf lagoon where they create continuous and perfect waves. Perfect for beginners and those who are looking to improve. No waiting around for the next set of waves. At the centre, there is also a total wipeout waterwall, the ‘blob’ which will see you flying in the air. Adrenaline Indoors has some awesome weatherproof adventures, ninja assault and extreme slides, indoor adventure climb, indoor caving, high ropes, soft play, outside a zip-line and pump track, climbing wall, and a couple of onsite restaurants/cafes.


On the river Tryweryn in Bala offers one of the best places in the country to white water raft. The water levels are dam-controlled meaning its rapids still thunder down the river during the summer months so you will never be disappointed by the conditions.


Clough Williams-Ellis created this little piece of the ‘Italian riviera’ in wales during the earlier part of the 1900 – a true visionary. A visit here transports you to a fantasy world of beautiful buildings in every colour along with gardens and views that are wonderful – famous for its filming of the Prisoner in the 60’s it is now welcomes visitors from all over the world. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes on the site along with gift shops and a shop for their famous Portmeirion dinner service. There is a private beach too that visitors can enjoy.


The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highlands Steam Train is a real treat – nearly 200 years old, it was originally created to transport slate from the expanding slate quarry industry in the 1800. Starting in Porthmadog, It takes you as you would expect up through the mountains to Blaenau Ffestiniog offering glorious views and giving you an insight into the past, even though the comfy chairs and tables with a buffet car offering teas and sandwiches are probably not survivors from the original spec!


The walks in the surrounding area are both incredible and numerous and whilst in the area, you absolutely should take advantage of this. Cadair Idris is the closest mountain to Aberdovey to climb. For some ideas of where else to walk, you might be interested in these websites:

Mud and Routes is a great information resource for walking in the area. Simply enter where you would like to walk and it will give you some tried and tested routes.

Geocaching is popular in this neck of the woods and if you love a treasure hunt, then this is a great way to while away an afternoon.



Based just north of Dolgellau, is mountain biking heaven. Ranging from routes for beginners to the more advanced it is fantastic. Free to get in, you can either rent a bike there or take your own. If not all the party are up for cycling, there are also wonderful walks. Take a picnic as there are lots of picnic tables or there is also a cafe that serves food.


This is an uplift and downhill MBT trails and is better suited to more advanced mountain bikers. You will need to pre-book a space and you can hire bikes there. Again there is a cafe and other activities on offer


(Barmouth – Dolgellau) this trail follows the old train tracks. If you leave from Barmouth and cycle across the bridge, you turn left at the end and follow the trail all the way down to Dolgellau. A good day trip is to cycle to the George III pub and have lunch or a drink and then cycle the 7 miles back. Its flat all the way and so a good family route as well as for those looking for a leisurely day.


Bird Rock Cycle Hire is located at the Cefn-Coch guest house in between Aberdovey and Tywyn that rent bikes. Dolgellau Cycles  also hire bikes out if you want to go exploring elsewhere. Coed-Y-Brenin hire bikes out for use on site.



The Britannia Inn is a friendly local pub serving good home cooked food, real ales and the Dovey Inn has no fewer than four bars and two outdoor patio levels – definitely a lively and busy place during the summer months.


Sea Breeze on the seafront is a lovely cosy place that offers a bistro type menu with a focus towards fish. Coast, deli and dining is also worth a visit!


The Fridge – the coolest place for sandwiches, beef, chicken or BBQ pork burgers, hot dogs, ice cream, sundaes, frozen yoghurt, sorbets, waffles, nachos, popcorn, ice-cold coke floats, fruit smoothies, mars bar milk shakes…and more!!  Medina Coffee House is more of a traditional coffee house with  home made cakes. The Sunflower cafe is also situated on the seafront terrace so you enjoy the view with a panad! The Sandwich Shop also have a great range of food and drinks available including takeaway pizza.


Bay Of Bengal is the Indian offering and the Happy Garden Take Away 3 miles down the road in Tywyn is the Chinese offering.


Walker’s Quality Fish & Chips offer take away or dine in .


The Sweet Shop (The Pink Shop) is where you need to head to!



  • Tywyn Health centre, Aberdyfi Road, Tywyn LL36 9HL, Tel: 03000 843200
  • Aberystwyth Hospital (Bronglais General) TEL: 01970 623131 


  • NATWEST – Seaview Terrace, Aberdovey
  • ATM Kiosk, O/S Dovey Yacht Club, Glandovey Terrace, Aberdyfi, Aberdovey LL35 0EB
  • BARCLAYS – Tywyn
  • HSBC – Tywyn


  • CO-OP – 1 Old Station Yard, Tywyn, South West and Wales, Gwynedd
  • Aberdyfi Village Stores, 01654 767451
  • Dyfi Stores, general store and post office, 01654 767793
  • TYWYN CENTRAL STORES – Neptune Rd, Tywyn


There is a train station at the far end of the town and you can either go north along the coast all the way to Pwllheli or south bound towards Aberystwyth – both really stunning journeys.


TAXI’S – local taxi firms include:  

DYFI CABS – 07831 551538

TYWYN CABS – 07873 401400

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