Aberaeron, Ceredigion, Wales

Houses on the Quay at Aberaeron


The beautiful mansion of Monachty was said to be haunted during the first part of the 19th century, by a ghost “so small that it could go through even the eye of a needle”. Quite why this is necessary, we do not know. After all, are not ghosts supposed to be able to walk through objects making the need to be small superfluous? And also, who could see it? The mansion is now a Bed and Breakfast.

Llanina House

We are trying to determine an exact location for this house, but its stories are well documented.


A workman, who was undertaking maintenance on the nearby drainage and sea defences, reported seeing a “dark figure” approaching him. Another apparition is that of a severed head! This grisly image relates to a story (and there are a number of versions) dating back to around 1790 when a rich sailor, who had two sons, owned the Manor. When he was old enough the elder brother married and then went to sea, leaving his your sibling behind.


One evening, the elder brother returned home unexpectedly to see his wife through a small window laughing with another man. He burst into the house filled with rage, and made straight for his wife with sword drawn. He severed her head with one stroke and with venom turned towards the other man - to see that it was his inoffensive younger brother. After that, people have reported sighting the macabre image of the poor woman’s head. According to other versions, the younger brother was killed as well, and his ghost is said to haunt the house.


For further information, please read Haunted Wales by Peter Underwood.


Visitor Information

Aberaeron (formerly anglicised Aberayron) is a seaside resort town in Ceredigion, Wales. Situated between Aberystwyth and Cardigan, it is home to the headquarters of Ceredigion County Council.

The name is from Welsh Aberaeron, meaning "mouth of the River Aeron", derived from the Middle Welsh aer - 'slaughter', which gave its name to Aeron, a Welsh god of war.

Pictured is a view of Houses on the Quay in Aberaeron courtesy of Velela. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.