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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Townhouse

Aberystwyth (1 miles, 1 km)

Self-catering with 1 unit, £1150-£2350 pupw sleeps 11

Blue Grass Cottages

Aberystwyth (3 miles, 5 km)

Self-catering with 3 units, £66-£170 pupn sleeps 1-5

The Richmond

Aberystwyth (1 miles, 1 km)

Guest Accommodation with 15 rooms, £75-£120 prpnb

Maes y Mor

Aberystwyth (0 miles, 1 km)

Hostel with 9 bedspaces, £60-£75 prpn

Maes Bach

Aberystwyth (0 miles, 1 km)

Self-catering with 1 unit, £225-£1200 pupn sleeps 1-7

Aber Accommodation - Seafront Apartments

Aberystwyth (0 miles, 1 km)

Self-catering with 6 units, £100-£290 pupn sleeps 2

Bryncarnedd Cottages

Aberystwyth (2 miles, 3 km)

Self-catering with 20 units, £80-£180 pupn sleeps 1-4 , £500-£4000 pupw sleeps 1-18

Llechwedd Mawr

Talybont (9 miles, 15 km)

Self-catering with 1 unit, £500-£930 pupw sleeps 6

Y Grange

Aberystwyth (6 miles, 10 km)

Guest Accommodation with 3 rooms, £125-£250 prpnb

Trefeddian Hotel

Aberdovey (9 miles, 15 km)

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

Ty Llyn Holiday Cottage

Aberystwyth (7 miles, 12 km)

Self-catering with 1 unit, £0-£925 pupw sleeps 2-8

Tyddyn Rhys Farm

Aberdovey (10 miles, 16 km)

Farmhouse with 3 rooms, £85 prpnb

Tynrhelyg Holiday Cottages

Talybont (7 miles, 12 km)

Self-catering with 2 units, £530-£980 pupw sleeps 1-6

Penglanowen Fawr

Aberystwyth (7 miles, 12 km)

Self-catering with 1 unit, £300-£500 pupw sleeps 5

Tyddyn Rhys Farm

Aberdovey (10 miles, 16 km)

Individual Caravan with 1 unit, £400-£405 pupw sleeps 4

Fron Farm

Aberystwyth (10 miles, 15 km)

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

Cambrian Coast Cottages

Borth (7 miles, 11 km)

Self-catering with 5 units, £279-£499 pupw sleeps 2-10

Northfield Holiday Park

Borth (5 miles, 8 km)

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

Country House Hostel @ Plas Dolau

Aberystwyth (3 miles, 4 km)

Hostel with 39 bedspaces, £22 pppnb

Y Gelli @ Plas Dolau

Aberystwyth (3 miles, 4 km)

Guest House with 11 rooms, £24-£72 prpnb

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

Lôn Teifi is part of National Route 82 between Aberystwyth and Fishguard. The route takes the same course as the Lôn Cambria route along the Ystwyth valley to Pont-rhyd-y-groes before turning southwest.

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 Ystwyth Trail is a 32.1km/20M footpath and cycle route linking Tregaron & Aberystwyth. Part of the trail follows the track of the old Great Western Railway line. Start: Aberystwyth SN584812 Finish: Tregaron SN679597

Perched on a hilltop near Aberystwyth, Bwlch Nant yr Arian is famous for feeding red kites daily. Range of waymarked walking, mountain biking, running and horse-riding trails and a mountain bike skills park. Café, shop and play area.

Stunning estuary and huge sand dunes 14 miles from Aberystwyth. Ynyslas Visitor Centre has exhibition about Dyfi National Nature Reserve, shop and refreshments. Walking trails through dunes and along seashore.

Sustrans route 81 or "Lon Cambria" is an East-West cycle route which crosses the Cambrian Mountains and heads towards Shrewsbury and beyond.

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 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.

Fantasy Farm Park is situated in the heart of the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside. It has all the fun of the farm, plus a Petting area, an outdoor Play Area, pedal boats, tractor rides and lots more.

The Hafod Forest occupies some 200 hectares of the Ystwyth valley and surrounding hills.

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.

Clarach South beach lies about a mile along the Ceredigion Coast Path over Constitution Hill from Aberystwyth, or about three miles through a nature reserve and the village of Llangorwen.

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.

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.

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 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!

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.

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.

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

Aberystwyth Cliff Railway is open throughout the year. There’s no need to book in advance, just pop up to the ticket office, and hop onboard. Trains run every few minutes so you can let the train take you to one of the best views in Wales.

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