Aberdyfi (Aberdovey) is a village in Gwynedd. It lies at the mouth of the river Dyfi, from which it derives its name. Aberdyfi is a holiday resort, traditionally popular with golfers and sailors but also with more adrenaline-driven sportspeople, and is home to Britain's Best Beach Donkey. The village marks the southern edge of the Snowdonia National Park. It is set by the mouth of the river Dyfi which is a UNESCO world biosphere reserve.

The beach on a busy Bank Holiday

Get in

By Rail

Aberdyfi is served by the Cambrian Line, operated by Arriva Trains Wales . 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 +44 1654 767626.

Get around

The Bells of Aberdyfi

The Bells of Aberdyfi (Clychau Aberdyfi) is a well-known folk song, popular since the mid-19th Century. The bells referred to are not those of the church in Aberdyfi itself, but those of the mythical town of Caer Wyddno, capital of the lost land of Cantre'r Gwaelod (Lowland Hundred) which was lost beneath the waves. There are numerous versions of the story, common to all is that Cantre'r Gwaelod was the most fertile land in Wales, and was protected from the sea by a series of dykes. Sluice Gates were used to allow the rivers to flow out to the sea at low tide, and the gates were shut as the tides rose. The villain of the piece in most versions is named Seithennin, a drunkard. Some versions have him as a visiting nobleman, seducing the lovely Mererid, daughter of King Gwyddno, who was responsible for closing the gates. In other versions, it is Seithennin himself who was given the job of closing the gates by his father Gwyddno, in the hope that the responsibility would make him grow up. The most obvious "evidence" for the myth is the existence of the Sarnau, long parallel causeways which stretch well out to sea just below the surface, and at some locations are exposed at low tide (local sailors are well aware of them as they can present a hazard). The Sarnau are now thought to have been caused by glacial action, but it's easy to see how they could have been thought to be manmade. The southernmost of these is Sarn Cynfelin, which extends from the coast just south of Borth, on the opposite side of the Dyfi Estuary from Aberdyfi. The town of Caer Wyddno is said to have been located close to this causeway. The petrified forests which can sometimes be seen at Tywyn and Borth beaches, when storms wash the sand away from them, also lend credence to the tales.

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


Dyfi Cabs 07831 551538/07773 385335


The Jetty at Aberdyfi Harbour
Local Area Map





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

B&B and Guest Houses


Self-Catering accommodation

"The Village" is a cluster of specially designed houses and apartments which blend naturally into a south-facing hillside taking full advantage of magnificent views. We are also pet friendly, with your dogs able to enjoy long walks on sandy beaches and magnificent countryside. The village is remarkably quiet and peaceful, set in spacious landscaped grounds which lead into the open countryside, yet it is just above the heart of picturesque Aberdovey. The shops and beaches are within 300 metres


Area Code

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


Post Office

Aberdyfi's Post Office is at Penrhos Service Station, close to Aberdyfi train station. +44 1654 767530.


Stay Safe


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

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 its gently-shelving nature, though of course sensible precautions should still be taken.

General advice for safe swimming:


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

When You Go

If There is Snow On The Hills

Go next

The Talyllyn Railway, only 4 miles away in Tywyn
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