Tanybwlch is a ¾mile long beach of dark grey, coarse, gravelly sand backed by a shingle bank. The bank is now a nature reserve and carries the coastal path. Towards the south the shore becomes rocky and is backed by high cliffs of slates and shale. The beach is overlooked by the Iron Age hill fort of Pen Dinas with its monument in the shape of an upturned cannon. This beach is much quieter than Aberystwyth's North and South beaches yet only a 15 - 20 minute walk from the main town.
There is a free parking area (8 foot height restriction) at the north (Aberystwyth) end. If travelling from the south, this can be reached without having to negotiate the town centre roads.
Behind the beach is the picturesque Ystwyth valley, with two separate footpaths leading inland to Tanycastell.