The area surrounding Devil's Bridge and Aberystwyth is full of activities and places of interest. Here is a selection of our favourites.
Places to Visit
An hour away from the barn, but thoroughly worth the trip is the small beach town of Aberdyfi (Aberdovey). A lovely sandy beach and dunes faces a pleasant terrace of smart coffee shops and restaurants.
The University Town of Aberystwyth is a unique place to discover, with fond associations for many visitors, graduates and residents alike. Its Victorian-Edwardian seafront is bookended by the ruins of Aberystwyth castle at one end, and the Cliff Railway at the other.
Aberaeron is a pretty harbour town on the coast around fifteen minutes south of Aberystwyth. Distinctive for its multi-coloured houses, the town contains a number of delicatessens, cafes and shops, as well as some of the more ‘traditional’ seaside attractions (honey ice creams at the Hive cafe on the harbour front are particularly recommended!)
Around a forty-five minute drive from the barn is the town of Machynlleth. Well worth the trip, especially maybe on rainier days away from the beaches, Machynlleth has more than the average share of quirky, curio-stuffed antique shops and friendly cafes. We recommend coinciding with market day on a Wednesday.
The dramatic and unique village of Portmeirion is a bit of a longer drive from Devil's Bridge, but is a thoroughly rewarding destination.
New Quay is a little further down the Ceredigion coast from Aberystwyth and Aberaeron. This seaside town is a popular tourist destination with its picturesque harbour and beach, but we also recommend wandering the streets above where you will find some lovely shops and cafes.
Things to Do
Places to Eat
This award-winning Spanish delicatessen can be found just up from the seafront on Pier Street in Aberystwyth. It stocks an expansive range of wines, cheese and meats from around the world, with an emphasis on local Welsh produce as well as from Spanish producers. As well as supplying many local restaurants in the area, at the back of the Pier Street delicatessen, you can stop at their own accompanying restaurant for a meal, or get shopping and take your selection back to the barn to enjoy
The Harbour Master
The Harbour Master Hotel in Aberaeron is a modern seafood restaurant found in the pretty coastal town of Aberaeron, about fifteen minutes' drive down the coast from Aberystwyth. As well as its main restaurant, there is a gastropub-style bar catering for lunch and lighter meals. In the main restaurant, expect to pay around £30 a head - well worth it
Y Ffarmers (The Farmers)
Y Ffarmers (The Farmers) is a cosy pub in the nearby village of Llanfihangel y Creuddyn near Aberystwyth (about twenty minutes' drive from the barn). This has been a favourite of ours for many years, but sadly experienced a major fire a few years back and has been closed since. Happily it is reopening, as of May 2019!