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Step back in time in Borth
Member Name: jojo8948
Advantages: Very chilled out, places near to visit, one good beach not far away
Disadvantages: not much there, places aren't open when you expect them to be.
I have had a few holidays in the seaside (just about) town of Borth, as my Dad used to own a static caravan down there.
The town of Borth is really quite small. There is not a huge amount there, and the beach is not particularly great, however for a short get away, it is pretty good.
The town of Borth basically has one main street, which is where most people park there cars, and if there is a lot of people around it can make it a bit tricky to drive down this road.
To my knowledge there are a couple of chip shops, a few pubs that do food, and a couple of very small shops that sell general items, milk bread etc. Beware though that nearly all of these facilities close at random points during the day and do not have the same opening times as towns and cities. They also have days when they are closed for that whole day, and it's very hard to predict, so I would recommend if you are staying there and planning on going out for food to check the serving and opening times of places, and make sure you have food wherever you are stopping as a back up in case these places aren't open.
They do have a market one day a week, which is on one of the pub car parks, which is ok to have a wander round.
There are a couple of really lovely antique shops in Borth that do sell really nice quality items, so they are worth looking at, but apart from that there aren't many shops, if you are looking to go shopping I would suggest Aberystwyth which is a short drive away.
There is an Animalarium in Borth which you will find leaflets for everywhere, but it's very expensive to get in and is very small, we drove up to it and then drove off as it looked so tiny.
The beach in Borth is a pebble beach, and really isn't that pleasant, but if you drive to the end of the main road then turn down another road towards the Golf Course you can get to Ynys Las (not sure how to spell it), and that is a really nice beach, and I think they do allow dogs on it. This is a sandy beach, and on a sunny day the water gets really warm. I don't know how this works, or why the water is so warm but it's really pleasant, plus the beach is never really packed to the rafters with people, which is great.
If you want to visit a place that is very basic and doesn't have much going on, Borth is it, it is definitely chilled out. The beach is poor but there is an excellent one 5 minutes down the road worth going to. To get away from everything (literally) Borth is good, but there is only so long I could stay there! There are lots of nearby places to visit though, so it's a good place to be situated to explore other areas.
Summary: A good place for a chilled out relaxing time, but not a huge amount to do.