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Activities in and near New Quay

Dolphin watching

Cardigan Bay is home to one of the largest populations of Bottlenose Dolphins in British waters and the pier at New Quay is one of the best places to see them. Boat trips are available throughout the season from the pier. Click on the photo for more information about Dolphins.

Bottlenose Dolphin

Sailing and boating

New Quay is a favoured centre for watersports with a safe sheltered harbour and facilities for launching. The Cardigan Bay Watersports Centre offers dinghy sailing, power boating, windsurfing and kayaking.  The Cardigan Bay Regatta is held in New Quay in August.

Wind Surfer

The Dylan Thomas Trail

Many  believe that New Quay is the 'cliff-perched town at the far end of Wales' immortalised by Dylan Thomas  in 'Under Milk Wood'. Dylan Thomas lived  in New Quay in 1944 in a little house called 'Majoda' atop the cliffs opposite the town. The Dylan Thomas Trail takes the visitor to many of the places  frequented by Thomas. The Black Lion - shown on the right was the pub favoured by the poet. Click on the photo for a page on the Dylan Thomas Trail.

The Black Lion was the pub favoured by Dylan Thomas

The Coastal Path

From New Quay, you can walk on the coastal path to the south towards Cwmtydu and Llangrannog and eventually link up with the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. To the north, the path passes through Aberaeron en route to Aberystwyth and ends at The Dyfi Estuary National Nature Reserve at Ynyslas, near Borth.

The coastal path between Cwmtydu and New Quay


Cardigan Bay offers excellent fishing  from boats and the shore. There are also a number of coarse fisheries nearby. Bait and tackle is available in New Quay and Aberaeron and guided Sea Bass fishing is available. Freshly caught fish, crab and lobster are often available close to the pier.

Fresh Mackerel from Cardigan Bay

Pubs and Restaurants

New Quay has a wide range of pubs, restaurants, cafes and takeaways. You will find local food, Thai, Chinese, Indian and plenty of traditional British food - not forgetting New Quay's famous Fish and Chips. When you stay in New Quay, you can dine in a different pub or restaurant every day. Click on the photo for a list of restaurants in New Quay.

Festivals, Fairs and Shows

Throughout the summer, there are a number of special events in the Cardigan Bay area and within easy reach of New Quay. These include the New Quay Regatta, The New Quay Music Festival, The Aberaeron Seafood Festival, The Welsh Cob Festival, Barley Saturday in Cardigan, and a variety of agricultural, cultural, sporting events and vintage vehicle rallies.

Aberaeron Festival of Cobs

Day Trips from New Quay

You can pan for gold at the Roman Gold Mine at Dolaucothi, see amazing waterfalls at Devil's Bridge and Cenarth with its famous falls and Coracle Museum, explore a silver mine at Ponterwyd or visit the ancient Strata Florida Abbey. You can walk the trails of Cors Caron - the Tregaron Bog, Watch dozens of Red Kites feeding at Nant-yr-Arian and much more. Click on the photo for a selection of places to visit from New Quay.

Cenarth Falls


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