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Abersoch Bay from Machroes.jpg
Abersoch Bay from Machroes
Abersoch is located in Gwynedd
Location within Gwynedd
Population783 (Ward 2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSH312281
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPwllheli
Postcode districtLL53
Dialling code01758
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
52°49′23″N 4°30′22″W / 52.823°N 4.506°W / 52.823; -4.506Coordinates: 52°49′23″N 4°30′22″W / 52.823°N 4.506°W / 52.823; -4.506

Abersoch is a village in the community of Llanengan in Gwynedd, Wales. It is a popular coastal seaside resort, with around 800 residents, on the east-facing south coast of the Llŷn Peninsula at the southern terminus of the A499. It is about 7 miles (11 km) south-west of Pwllheli and 27 miles (43 km) south-west of the county town of Caernarfon. The village takes its name from the river, Afon Soch, which reaches the sea in the village.


In the dry summer of 2018, aerial photography at Fach Farm, some 1100 metres north of the bridge over the Afon Soch, identified crop marks that were reported as a possible Roman fortlet. High-resolution geophysics in 2019 revealed evidence of a complex defended enclosure, unlike Roman military structures but suggesting a pre-Roman date.[3]

Modern tourist centre[edit]

Originally a fishing port, Abersoch is now a tourist centre specialising in dinghy sailing and other watersports such as windsurfing and jet-skiing. Nearby Porth Neigwl is also popular for surfing; it can hold large swells in the winter which can reach 5 feet (1.5m); however, the prevailing south-westerly winds can affect quality.

The village has had a lifeboat station since 1869.[4]

Central Abersoch has a variety of small shops as well as bars, restaurants, cafes and hotels. Boat trips around St Tudwal's Islands (one of which is owned by famous survival instructor, Bear Grylls) to see the seals and other wildlife are available from the village. Abersoch is also popular for its close proximity to Snowdonia National Park, with Snowdon being visible from Abersoch Bay on clear days. There is an 18-hole golf course.

Abersoch was named one of the best places to live in Wales in 2017.[5]


Country of birth[edit]

According to the 2011 UK Census, 97.2% of the population was born in the United Kingdom. Although situated in Wales, the majority of the village's population (51.1%) was born in England, with only 44.7% having been born in Wales.[6]

National Identity[edit]

The 2011 Census demonstrated that 60.4% of the population had no Welsh identity. 34.0% of the population identified themselves as Welsh only.[6] the surrounding community of Llanengan is considerably less Anglicised.

Welsh language[edit]

43.5% of the population aged 3 and over noted that they could speak Welsh. 52.1% noted that they had one or more skills in the Welsh language.[7] Of those who were born in Wales, 85% of the population aged three and over noted that they could speak Welsh.[8]


Abersoch has a Welsh-medium primary school for 3 to 8 year olds. The neighbouring village of Sarn Bach has a Welsh-medium primary school for 3 to 11 year olds. As of 2017, the two schools between them educate 72 pupils.[9][10] According to the latest Estyn reports conducted in 2017, 39% of pupils in Ysgol Abersoch primary school came from Welsh-speaking homes, with 47% of pupils of Sarn Bach pupils coming from homes where Welsh was spoken.[11][12]

The closest specialist school to Abersoch is Ysgol Hafod Lon in Penrhyndeudraeth.[13]

Ysgol Botwnnog, situated 5 miles (8.0 km) inland from Abersoch, provides Welsh-medium secondary education to pupils from the village.


  1. ^ "Ward population 2011". Archived from the original on 10 August 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  2. ^ http://cyngorcymunedllanengan.cymru/english/index.html
  3. ^ Driver, T., Burnham, B., & Davies, J. (2020). Roman Wales: Aerial Discoveries and New Observations from the Drought of 2018. Britannia, 1-29. doi:10.1017/S0068113X20000100
  4. ^ "RNLI: Abersoch". Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  5. ^ "These towns have been named as the best places to live in Wales". Wales Online.
  6. ^ a b "Custom report - Nomis - Official Labour Market Statistics". www.nomisweb.co.uk. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  7. ^ "KS208WA (Welsh language profile) - Nomis - Official Labour Market Statistics". www.nomisweb.co.uk. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  8. ^ "LC2206WA (Welsh language skills by country of birth by age) - Nomis - Official Labour Market Statistics". www.nomisweb.co.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Ysgol Abersoch". mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Ysgol Sarn Bach". mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Ysgol Sarn Bach | Estyn". www.estyn.gov.wales. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  12. ^ "A report on Ysgol Gynradd Abersoch" (PDF). Estyn. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Ysgol Hafod Lon". mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk. Retrieved 29 May 2018.

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