Llangrannog Beach is situated in the seaside village of Llangrannog, near the town of Cardigan on the stunning coast of West Wales. Here is a complete guide.
How To Get To Llangrannog Beach
Llangrannog beach is a beautiful sandy, Blue Flag beach that is popular with families and surfers.
Local bus service Cardi Bach operates in the local area.
Please check the Cardigan Bay website for up to date times.
Llangrannog is approximately 14 miles outside of Cardigan and approximately 2.5 miles off the A487 on the B4334.
There is a large free ‘Park and Ride’ car par just outside the village of Llangrannog. (SA44 6RL)
The walk to the beach from this car park is about ten minutes. A shuttle bus operates between the car park and the beach during the summer.
Otherwise there is a pay and display car park next to the beach itself.
Prices range from £1.75 for 1 hour to a maximum of £10 for all day. However you’ll be lucky to get a space here in high season.
Also, make sure you get your parking ticket within ten minutes of entering the car park or you will be fined £100!
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Llangrannog Beach Entrance Fee
Admission to Llangrannog beach is free.
Llangrannog Beach Opening Times
Llangrannog beach is open all year round, 24 hours a day.
Best Times To Visit Llangrannog Beach + Tips
Although worth a visit at any time of the year, I would recommend visiting during the summer months to fully enjoy all the usual beach activities.
The beach can get busy so I would advise arriving early, especially on a beautiful, sunny day.
Kayak hire is available from Caiacs Carreg Bica Kayaks when the weather is suitable.
Toilets and disabled toilets are located in the village.
There are some nice pubs and cafes if looking for refreshments.
The walk back to the Park and Ride car park is quite steep so save some energy to walk back if parked there!
Dogs are allowed off the lead on Llangrannog Beach.
What To Pack
What To Expect At Llangrannog Beach
Llangrannog beach is a small, sheltered, sandy cove hidden away between craggy cliffs that could easily be missed.
You won’t find the whitest sand in the world, most would recommend Barafundle Bay Beach for that, but what you will find is amazing community.
This family friendly stretch of golden sand was awarded the Blue Flag beach award in 2021 and has RNLI lifeguards on the beach over the summer months.
The river Hawen gently flows across the beach, providing some extra hours of fun for the children.
Also on the eastern side of the beach there are smugglers caves and rock pools to explore.
As you edge over the rocks and pebbles at the entrance, you’re greeted by a huge stretch of sand that leads all the way round to another smaller beach behind the cliffs on the right hand side.
Having come from Aber Falls and Dinorwic Quarry, it was nice to see a change of scenery.
As well as all the usual beach activities, Llangrannog beach is popular for water sports including surfing, kayaking, sailing and especially body boarding.
You will see fishing boats and water sports equipment gathered around the slipway at the western end of the beach.
If you are lucky you might even see some Cardigan Bay Bottlenose dolphins out at sea.
Dogs are allowed on Llangrannog beach, although there are some restrictions between the beginning of May to the end of September.
There is a distinctive rock on the shore called ‘Carreg Bica’ which according to legend was once a giant’s tooth. It has interesting geology and even has tiny fossils hidden between its rocky formations.
At low tide, you can walk past this rock to the hidden sandy cove of Cilborth. There is also a cliff path that connects the two beaches of Llangrannog and Cilborth that is not affected by the tide.
Llangrannog beach is a beautiful little gem that is well worth visiting if you fancy a beach day whilst visiting this area of Wales.
Food & Drink
The small village and community of Llangrannog really is like something out of a movie.
So cute, cosy and full of welcoming locals, there are plenty of places backing off the beach where you can get great food!
We opted to get some fresh wraps and salad from Tafell A Tan which was ideal to take to the beach and enjoy.
They were delicious and reasonably priced. They also had great veggie options, as well as coffees and cakes!
Another highly rated place on the main street The Beach Hut. A summery cafe overlooking the bay serving coffee, cakes, fish and chips and Welsh specialities.
Having fuelled up on our wraps we couldn’t leave the seaside without having an ice cream.
Caffi Patio is your spot, where you will find the usual flavours as well as some gourmet picks in this family run cafe.
A great way to end the afternoon and overall Llangrannog Beach remains one of my favourite spots on our Wales itinerary.
Speaking of food, make sure to check out the awesome food truck at Freshwater West Beach.
Where To Stay In South Wales
Luxury – Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages
Just 2 miles from Pontardawe, Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages feature family-run, self-catering accommodation on a farm, 10 miles from Gower Peninsula and 8 miles from Brecon Beacons National Park.
Free Wi-Fi and free private parking are provided.
Set in traditional stone buildings, the cottages sit in a 100-acre property offering panoramic views of the Welsh countryside.
They all come with a fully equipped kitchen, an outdoor dining area with BBQ facilities and a living room.
Some cottages also offer a washing machine and tumble dryer. They either have river views or courtyard views. One also has a private garden.
Mid-Budget – Morgans Hotel
In Swansea’s historic Maritime Quarter, Morgans Hotel provides luxurious rooms with free Wi-Fi, 5 minutes’ walk from the city centre.
This grade II listed building also has a relaxed restaurant and a stylish bar.
Equipped with a flat-screen TV and a sleek private bathroom with toiletries, each air-conditioned room also has Egyptian cotton bedding. Rooms in the separate Townhouse all boast elegant hardwood floors and some rooms are air-conditioned.
Guests dine in the boardroom of this former home of the Port Authority. A modern European menu is on offer, whilst Morgans Bar has sofas, cocktails, chilled beers and wines from around the globe.
This property is 10 minutes walk from the beach.
Budget – Neon 160
Neon 160 is set in Swansea, 0.6 miles from Swansea Marina and 1.1 miles from Cathedral Church of St Joseph.
Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property.
The property is close to popular attractions like Loughor Castle, Gower College Swansea and Swansea Crown Court.
Selected rooms also offer a kitchen with a microwave, a fridge and an oven.
For more places to stay in Wales, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.
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