Aberystwyth Beach
Aberystwyth Beach

Aberystwyth

Stroll along the Victorian seafront promenade in Aberystwyth, one of the principal towns along the West Wales coast.

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About Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth is a University town and the largest town in Mid Wales. It is home to the prestigious National Library of Wales which has the largest collection of books, maps, archives, bibliographies, pictures, photographs and rare manuscripts in Wales. It also holds guided tours, events and several different exhibitions at any one time.

For the best view of the town climb the steep Constitution Hill, either on foot, or aboard the Aberystwyth Cliff railway; the longest funicular electric cliff railway in Britain that has been sparing weary legs since opening in 1896; a truly vintage experience and surely the most relaxing way to get to the top! On a clear day you’ll be rewarded with views of Cardigan Bay and as far as Pembrokeshire.

The Aberystwyth to Clarach section of the Wales Coast Path passes over Constitution Hill, with Aberystwyth to Borth being a challenging yet popular section of Heritage Coast.

At the southern end of the promenade are the ruins of Aberystwyth’s 13th century castle, founded by Edward I and used by Owain Glyndŵr as a revolutionary base in 1404.

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Bryncarnedd Cottages

Aberystwyth (2 miles, 3 km)

Self-catering with 20 units, £500-£4000 pupw sleeps 2-18

Trefeddian Hotel

Aberdovey (9 miles, 15 km)

Country House Hotel with 59 rooms, £82-£200 pppn, £100-£125 pppnb

Townhouse

Aberystwyth (1 miles, 1 km)

Self-catering with 1 unit, £990-£1980 pupw sleeps 8-11

Blue Grass Cottages

Aberystwyth (3 miles, 5 km)

Self-catering with 3 units, £57-£130 pupn sleeps 1-5

Tynrhelyg Holiday Cottages

Talybont (7 miles, 12 km)

Self-catering with 2 units, £480-£950 pupw sleeps 1-6

Tyddyn Rhys Farm

Aberdovey (10 miles, 16 km)

Individual Caravan with 1 unit, £370-£390 pupw sleeps 4

Tyddyn Rhys Farm

Aberdovey (10 miles, 16 km)

Farmhouse with 3 rooms, £75-£80 prpnb

Llechwedd Mawr

Talybont (9 miles, 15 km)

Self-catering with 1 unit, £375-£910 pupw sleeps 6

Aberleri Seaside Cottages

Borth (7 miles, 11 km)

Self-catering with 5 units, £269-£1119 pupw sleeps 2-10

Y Grange

Aberystwyth (6 miles, 10 km)

Guest Accommodation with 3 rooms, £90-£125 prpnb

Ty Llyn Holiday Cottage

Aberystwyth (7 miles, 12 km)

Self-catering with 1 unit, £425-£950 pupw sleeps 2-8

The Richmond

Aberystwyth (1 miles, 1 km)

Guest Accommodation with 15 rooms, £60-£95 prpnb

Brynarth Country Guest House

Aberystwyth (9 miles, 15 km)

Guest House with 8 rooms, £52-£165 prpnb

Penglanowen Fawr

Aberystwyth (7 miles, 12 km)

Self-catering with 1 unit, £300-£390 pupw sleeps 5

Aberdovey Haven

Aberdovey (10 miles, 15 km)

Self-catering with 1 unit, £440-£1005 pupw sleeps 1-5

Plas Hafan Seaview Apartment

Aberystwyth (0 miles, 0 km)

Self-catering with 1 unit, £651-£749 pupw sleeps 2-4

Maes Bach

Aberystwyth (0 miles, 1 km)

Self-catering with 1 unit, £225-£250 pupn sleeps 1-7

Gwesty Cymru

Aberystwyth (0 miles, 1 km)

Guest Accommodation with 8 rooms, £70-£180 prpnb

Tanyresgair Cottages

Aberystwyth (9 miles, 15 km)

Self-catering with 2 units, £72-£150 pupn sleeps 2

Maes y Mor

Aberystwyth (0 miles, 1 km)

Hostel with 9 bedspaces, £60-£89 prpn

Aberystwyth - the cultural capital of Wales

Aberystwyth has a legitimate claim to be the cultural capital of Wales. In addition to Aberystwyth University and the hugely respected National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth Arts Centre is a focal point for contemporary Welsh language and culture.

Aberystwyth - Pen Dinas Hillfort & Wellington Monument

Aberystwyth and surrounding area is a fantastic place for a holiday or short break, and a central base for exploring all that the Mid Wales Coast has to offer.

South of Aberystwyth town centre you will find the Pen Dinas Hill Fort and nearby Wellington Monument. The walk up to the summit, which is thought to date from around 400 BC, is steep but well worth the effort with views of both the Mid Wales coast and inland towards the Ystwyth and Rheidol river valleys. The monument dates from 1852 in memory of the Duke of Wellington.

Things to Do Around Aberystwyth

Starting at the harbour in Aberystwyth, this 17 mile (27 km) trail leads you through the Rheidol Valley to Devil's Bridge, mainly along quiet back roads and dedicated cycle routes. Signposted from Aberystwyth Harbour.

Where history, myth and legend collide in a fantastic day out for the whole family. Embark on an adventure discovering the history of our original Victorian Silver-Lead Mine, or Welsh fantasy and myth theatrical experiences.

Join us at Harry’s Bar & Bistro and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, occasional live music and delicious food. Come for a quiet drink in our bar or partying the weekend away.

The Rheidol hydropower plant is the largest of its kind in England and Wales. Guided tours of the power station are available by prior booking, visitor centre and interactive display.

Pennau Craft and Coffee Shop in the village of Bow Street is just four miles north of the busy coastal resort of Aberystwyth. At Pennau Craft Coffee Shop, the accent is firmly on offering the best that Wales has to offer.

Llanrhystud is a large village located at the junction of the A487 and B4337 midway between Aberystwyth and Aberaeron.

Award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre is Wales’ largest arts centre and recognised as a 'national flagship for the arts'. It has a wide-ranging programme across all art forms including drama, dance, music, visual arts film & new media.

The Aberystwyth Electric Cliff Railway is the longest in Britain and the only one in Wales. Its 778 feet undulating track and tilted carriages are the unique work of Victorian engineer G. Croyden Marks.

All aboard for an unforgettable 12 mile journey from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge travelling up 700ft through some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery on a historic narrow-gauge steam railway.

Viewed by many as the culture capital of Wales, it is home to the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth University and the Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

The National Library is one of the great libraries of the world. Since 1911 it's enjoyed the right to collect, free of charge, a copy of every printed work published in Britain and Ireland. Situated on Penglais Hill overlooking Aberystwyth.

Lôn Cambria is a 113-mile cycle route in the National Cycle Network which runs from Aberystwyth on the Mid Wales coast, through the Cambrian Mountains and the Mid Wales Marches to Shrewsbury.

Ceredigion museum is a celebration of Welsh history and heritage, housed in a restored Edwardian theatre. It is host to lively events and temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Situated in the heart of Aberystwyth, near the promenade.

Borth is a coastal village just 7 miles north of Aberystywth. During summer its many camp sites and holiday parks are home to hundreds of visitors to the area - many of whom have been returning here for years.

The Trefeddian Hotel serve everything from a three course dining room lunch to more relaxed light bites, sandwiches and delicious homemade afternoon tea in the hotel lounges or on a sunny day on our stunning sea view terrace.

The first true castle built at Aberystwyth was erected about a mile south of the current site by Gilbert de Clare circa 1110, and was variously called Castell Tan-y-castell, Aberrheidol Castle and Old Aberystwyth, among others.

Aberdyfi is a small seaside village on the north side of the Dyfi estuary in southern Snowdonia.

Crys Melyn Cycling offer a range of bikes available to hire, including hybrid and e-bikes, and bikes, tag-alongs and trailers for children.

The whole Reserve is made up of three parts: Cors Fochno, an internationally important peat bog; Dyfi Estuary, an internationally important feeding ground for thousands of wading birds and the beach and sand dunes of Ynyslas.

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre sits at the head of the dramatic Melindwr valley with commanding views of Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains. It's an established Red Kite feeding site with multiple outdoor trails to suit everyone.

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