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A Day Out in Aberyswtyth

You'll get to experience some fantastic views of Aberystwyth from different locations within the town. Starting with Constitution Hill, you can take a short but steep walk up to the top of the hill or experience the Electric Cliff Railway. Here you can visit the Cliff Observatory or take the Coastal Path northwards.

Alternatively, on the opposite side of town, you could walk up Pen Dinas Hill Fort, returning via the lighthouse and along the Promenade. Ceredigion Museum is situated above the Tourist Information Centre in town, where you can get a glimpse of Ceredigion's heritage, culture and art.

In the afternoon you will visit The National Library of Wales which overlooks the town, before heading back down to the Castle and Memorial to watch the sunset. If you'd prefer to take in a show, Aberystwyth Arts Centre has a theatre and cinema to provide your evening entertainment.


Head towards Constitution Hill and either walk (weather permitting) or take the Electric Cliff Railway (one of the longest in Britain), up to the top of “Consti” to see fantastic views of Aberystwyth and Cardigan Bay. There’s a small charge to go into the Cliff Observatory; an original 360° Camera Obscura, with extensive views of over 1,000 square miles of coast and countryside. A café and toilets are located at the top of Consti.

Alternatively, Pen Dinas Hill Fort overlooks Tan Y Bwlch Beach and provides a different view of the town. On your return, you can walk via the lighthouse and along the Promenade back to the town centre.
Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

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.
Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura at Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

This popular re-creation of a Victorian amusement has been one of the prime attractions in the area since its completion in 1985. The massive 14 inch lens makes it one of the world’s largest camera obscuras.
Constitution Hill & Penglais Nature Park

Constitution Hill

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.
In & Around Aberystwyth

Wales Coast Path - Aberystwyth-Ynyslas at Aberystwyth

7th section Ceredigion Coastal Path Total distance 15.7km (9.8 miles) Aberystwyth to Clarach 2.7km (1.7 miles), grade/moderate Clarach to Borth 5.1km (3.2 miles), grade/hard Borth to Ynys-las 7.9km (4.9miles), grade/easy


There are a many lovely places to eat in Aberystwyth, but for lunch with a seaview try Baravin or Gwesty Cymru.
Gwesty Cymru Restaurant

Gwesty Cymru Restaurant

Unwind and indulge with a feast of local produce at our seafront terraced restaurant. Experience breathtaking views of Cardigan Bay.


Wales’ largest library overlooks the town and houses large collections of books, maps, publications, journals, newspapers, photographs and paintings. There are permanent exhibitions such as the Nanteos Cup as well as featured exhibitions focussing on Welsh people, which are on display throughout the year. Take a stroll through the building and learn about Welsh history and heritage. By the entrance/exit you’ll find toilets, a café and gift shop. Caffi Pen Dinas sells homemade cake to go with a tea/coffee for some afternoon refreshment.

Ceredigion Museum is housed in an Edwardian Theatre and provides a variety of displays showcasing Ceredigion's art, heritage and culture. It's certainly worth a visit whilst you're in town, and the Tourist Information Centre shares the building. The Coliseum Coffee House within the museum, provides refreshments.
National Library of Wales

National Library of Wales

The National Library is one of the great libraries of the world. Since 1911 it has enjoyed the right to collect, free of charge, a copy of every printed work published in Britain and Ireland
Caffi Pen Dinas

Caffi Pen Dinas at National Library of Wales

From sandwiches, ‘cawl’ and a salad bar to more substantial meals, including a selection of hot food – there is something here for everybody’s taste.
Ceredigion Museum

Ceredigion Museum & Gallery

Ceredigion Museum: Encouraging Curiosity Welcome to Ceredigion museum, housed in a beautifully preserved Edwardian theatre. We are situated in the heart of Aberystwyth, near the seafront.


Back in town you could head towards Abersytwyth Castle and have a walk around the ruins, visiting the War Memorial which is set among the castle’s remains and overlooking the sea. Pysgoti is situated along the harbour and is a seafood restaurant conjuring up delicious locally caught seafood, which you may like to try for an evening meal as you end the day watching the sunset.

If you'd rather see a show or movie, Aberystwyth Arts Centre has a theatre, cinema, café and bar to entertain you for the evening.
Aberystwyth Castle

Aberystwyth Castle

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.
Abersytwyth Arts Centre

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

The award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre is Wales’ largest arts centre and facilities includes the Great Hall, Theatre, Galleries, Cinema, Craftshop, Bookshop, Workshop spaces, Pottery, Restaurant, Cafe and Bars.


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Details of Aberystwyth Cliff RailwayAberystwyth Cliff Railway

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.

It opened in 1896 operating on the water balance system but since 1921 a powerful electric motor and 2 high tensile steel cables have hauled the carriages at a stately 4 miles an hour. This gives you time to enjoy the panoramic views as you climb to the summit station and marvel at the Victorians ingenuity.


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Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

Cliff Terrace, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2DN


Map reference: SN 585826
     Lat: 52.42303  Long: -4.08230
The Cliff Railway is at the north end of the Promenade; follow signs to the Promenade and turn right when you reach the sea.

Public Transport : 1 mile from Aberystwyth station

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