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, £95-£550 pppn sleeps 1-2 , £65-£150 pupn sleeps 1-6 , £500-£4000 pupw sleeps 2-18

The Richmond

Aberystwyth (1 miles, 1 km)

Guest Accommodation with 15 rooms, £65-£120 prpnb

Tynrhelyg Holiday Cottages

Talybont (7 miles, 12 km)

Self-catering with 2 units, £500-£880 pupw sleeps 1-6

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-£150 pupn sleeps 1-5

Aber Accommodation - Seafront Apartments

Aberystwyth (0 miles, 1 km)

Self-catering with 5 units, £110-£165 pupn sleeps 2

Maes y Mor

Aberystwyth (0 miles, 1 km)

Hostel with 9 bedspaces, £60-£100 prpn

Brynarth Country Guest House

Aberystwyth (9 miles, 15 km)

Guest House with 8 rooms, £52-£158 prpnb

Fron Farm

Aberystwyth (10 miles, 15 km)

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £45-£120 prpn

Trefeddian Hotel

Aberdovey (9 miles, 15 km)

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

Y Grange

Aberystwyth (6 miles, 10 km)

Guest Accommodation with 3 rooms, £120-£170 prpnb

Maes Bach

Aberystwyth (0 miles, 1 km)

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

Llechwedd Mawr

Talybont (9 miles, 15 km)

Self-catering with 1 unit, £500-£780 pupw sleeps 6

Aberdovey Haven

Aberdovey (10 miles, 15 km)

Self-catering with 1 unit, £440-£905 pupw sleeps 1-5

Ty Llyn Holiday Cottage

Aberystwyth (7 miles, 12 km)

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

Tyddyn Rhys Farm

Aberdovey (10 miles, 16 km)

Farmhouse with 3 rooms, £75-£80 prpnb

Aberleri Seaside Cottages

Borth (7 miles, 11 km)

Self-catering with 5 units, £269-£709 pupw sleeps 2-10

Penglanowen Fawr

Aberystwyth (7 miles, 12 km)

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

Northfield Holiday Park

Borth (5 miles, 8 km)

Holiday Park with 15 units, £200-£580 pupw sleeps 1-6

Tyddyn Rhys Farm

Aberdovey (10 miles, 16 km)

Individual Caravan with 1 unit, £400 pupw sleeps 4

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

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.

Parc Penrhos is a family owned leisure & holiday complex with hotel & holiday park accommodation, restaurant & golf club with immaculate 18 hole course & 9 hole academy course situated between Aberystwyth & Aberaeron.

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.

The railway station is the terminus of the Cambrian Line from Shrewsbury. Located less than 5 minutes from the town centre, there is a taxi rank and bus station adjacent.

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.

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.

Following the majestic sweep of Cardigan Bay, the Snowdonia & Ceredigion section of the Wales Coast Path providers the walker with glimpses of dolphins and porpoise, seals and a host of marine birds throughout the year around.

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

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.

The Silver Mountain Experience is a visitor attraction encompassing a historic Silver-Lead mine, exciting Escape Rooms and much more. With a Gift Shop, the onsite Miner's Rest Cafe and beautiful hillside views it is well worth the visit!

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.

Aberystwyth's North Beach and seafront is a focal point of the town and a favourite attraction for visitors and locals alike.

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.

Quieter than the town's North Beach, Aberystwyth's long South Beach is sandwiched between the town's castle and the harbour breakwater.

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.

Constitution Hill rises dramatically from the sea, providing spectacular and uninterrupted views of Aberystwyth and Cardigan Bay. On a clear day you can see 26 mountain peaks spanning much of the length of Wales.

Experience untouched passages and unspoilt landscape of silver, lead, copper and zinc mines in Mid Wales, some of which date back over 4,000 years. Specialist-led Mid Wales Mine Adventures.

The large sweep of the pebbled Tanybwlch beach is to the south of the harbour at Aberystwyth.

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.

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