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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 and the Aberystwyth Arts Centre and it 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 cliff 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.

LOCAL HISTORY & CULTURE
Archaeological deposits from a process of flint knapping for making weapons, found at the foot of Pen Dinas suggest that the area around Aberystwyth supported communities of people as far back as the Mesolithic era. However, the remains of a Celtic fortress on Pen Dinas indicate that the area was definitely inhabited before 700 BC.

The recorded history of Aberystwyth dates from the building of a fortress on the present Castle Hill in 1109. In 1277, Edward I rebuilt and strengthened this castle after it was destroyed by the Welsh. Owain Glyndwr held the castle between 1404 and 1408 during his great uprising, but was finally forced to surrender it into the hands of Prince Harry (the future King Henry V of England). Parliamentarian troops razed the castle in 1647 during the Civil War, so unfortunately very little of it remains apart from some portions of its three towers.

In terms of architecture, Aberystwyth is overwhelmingly Victorian, but also includes buildings on Gothic and Classical Revival designs. It is typified by the Victorian seafront promenade and the walk up to Constitution Hill. Another survivor from its heyday as a Victorian seaside resort is the electric cliff railway to the top of Constitution Hill.

The National Library of Wales at Aberystwyth overlooks the town from its vantage point next to the University on Penglais Hill. It is the starting point for those researching their Welsh family history as it contains extensive family, national and parish records. It also incorporates the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales, one of six British regional film archives.

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Aberystwyth Tourist Information Centre

Address

Ceredigion,
SY23 2AG

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Map reference: SN 584814  Lat: 52.41246 Long: -4.08311

By Public Transport: Aberystwyth is accessible by both Coach and Rail. Car Hire on arrival in Aberystwyth can be pre-booked via Rhino Car Hire www.rhinocarhire.com

Public Transport Travel Information - www.traveline.cymru

By Car: Follow the A487 from the North or South and the A44 from the East.

Parking: free

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Aberystwyth station

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