Capricorn Gowns Rabe

Capricorn Gowns

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Established in 1979, we are West Wales' premier women's wear retailer providing a fantastic one-to-one customer service.

The Aberystwyth shop has a large selection of clasic women's clothing and accessories. The shop also has a very popular hat hire service where hats and fascinators, in many styles and colours, can be hired. Contact us for further details

How to find us

Capricorn Gowns is located in the centre of Aberystwyth close to the promenade. The shop is on the corner of Terrace Road and Bath Street, adjacent to the Ceredigion Museum.

Short stay parking is available on Bath Street with a pay and display car park next to the cinema.

There is also a park and ride scheme on the outskirts of the town.

Opening Hours

Our hours are:

  • Monday to Saturday from 10.00 - 4.30
  • Bank Holidays from 10.00 - 4.00


36 Years and Still Going

Capricorn Gowns started in 1979 in Eastgate, Aberystwyth by Mrs Nelson who still owns and runs the business. The shop has moved premises a few times but has always been based in Aberystwyth town centre, now residing on Terrace Road.

Before going into fashion Mrs Nelson owned one of the town’s guest houses and one day visited a friend who owned a clothes shop, she was talking about wanting to sell up and retire.  Mrs Nelson decided there and then to take over the shop.  When Mr Nelson arrived home that day from work he found out that the family were moving to the flat about the newly acquired shop!

Capricorn Gowns Old Shop

Coffee Shop

Between 1985 and 1997 the shop had a coffee shop on the first floor which furnished the town with tea, coffee, lunch and afternoon teas. It was very popular mainly with the men folk waiting for their other halves to finish choosing their outfits on the ground floor. Some customers treated it like home from home as well as spending many hours watching the world go by they would often put their shopping in the freezers and pick them up on their way home.

This is a photo of the old shop in Terrace Road, we moved from here in 1997

Capricorn Gowns Tea Ladies

Dressing up for Aberystwyth Yesteryear Festival

Throughout the 80s Aberystwyth had an annual Yesteryear Festival which Capricorn Gowns looked forward to with special window displays and staff dressing up.  Here is an old cutting from the local paper, The Cambrian News, Mrs Nelson is shown sitting having tea on the left.


Post Script

The shop, in it's present location, a stone's throw away from the promenade, has continued to provide fashions to the women of West Wales and visitors from around the UK. Now a bit more up-to-date than the above photo which was taken sometime in the late 1980s.

How to find us

Capricorn Gowns

Kings Hall
Terrace Road
SY23 2AP

Phone: 01970 612525

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