Aberystwyth has a legitimate claim to be the cultural capital of Wales. In addition to the Aberystwyth University it also boasts the hugely respected National Library of Wales, The Aberystwyth Arts Centre and is a focal point for contemporary Welsh language and culture.
Like many towns along the west coast of Wales, Aberystwyth has a history that encompasses the Iron Age, Glyndwr's rebellion and the Civil War. Today the town thrives as a tourist destination and student village. Nestled between the hillside University campus and the Victorian seafront, the transitory population of the town afford it a vibrancy and dynamism that is unmatched anywhere in Mid Wales. The unique cosmopolitan virtues of Aberystwyth also broaden and enrich the range of restaurants, entertainment and accommodation on offer. The seaside town is also said to benefit from a micro-climate, enjoying significantly warmer weather than its neighbouring towns and perhaps explains its popularity amongst visitors.
Besides all the attractions one would expect to find at a thriving coastal resort Aberystwyth also offers a host of other activities and sites of interest. Constitution hill overlooking the beach can be scaled with the help of Britain's longest electric railway, and once at the summit it boasts a Camera Obscura and views as far as Pembrokeshire. At the other end of the beach the ruins of Aberystwyth's 13th century castle provide a romantic spot to watch the sun slip behind the horizon. Ceredigion County Museum offers a compelling narrative in local history whilst the walking trails in Parc Penglais make for a tranquil escape from the bustle of the town centre.
Aberystwyth is the terminus of the Cambrian railway line from Shrewsbury.