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Mid Wales Town Tour by Rail - Day 4: Thursday

Thursday - off to the coast today at Aberystwyth. A resort, university town and cultural capital of Mid Wales.

 

Morning

A short time left in Machynlleth this morning before we return to the railway station and catch the 10.50 train from platform 1 for Aberystwyth; there is a ticket office here. The train is due in at 10.45; board one of the front two coaches as the train divides here and the rear two coaches will be heading north up the Cambrian Coast Line to Pwllheli.

For Journey Notes - see Points of Interest Machynlleth-Aberystwyth for more information.

It is a 30 minute trip and we will be stopping at Dovey (Dyfi) Junction and the coastal village of Borth before arriving at Aberystwyth at 11.21; the Vale of Rheidol Railway station for the little steam train is on the left as we pull into Aberystwyth.

Turn right off the train and leave between the former station buildings that are now a Weatherspoon’s pub and an Indian restaurant. For more lunch suggestions, hotels and places to visit either today or tomorrow - a quick tour of Aberystwyth. Outside of the station, cross over at the lights, turn right and immediately left into Terrace Road. At the crossroads, right for North Parade and Harry’s Hotel; this road leads on and up to the National Library of Wales and the Aberystwyth Arts Centre - or there is a bus (service 03) to both of these venues from next to the railway station or from the promenade.

Left leads to Great Darkgate Street which, together with roads off to the right, includes a wide variety of shops and eating places. Straight on for more shops and the sea; the Ceredigion Museum and the Tourist Information Centre will be on your right. When you reach the promenade, right for the Richmond Hotel and the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway; left for Gwesty Cymru, the pier, castle and harbour.

Machynlleth railway station is on the Cambrian Line from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth and is the junction for the Cambrian Coast Line to Pwllheli.

Heol y Doll, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8BL

 

Mid Wales Town Tour Journey Notes 4 - Machynlleth to Aberystwyth.

Machynlleth Railway Station, Heol y Doll, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8BL

 

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.

Ceredigion, SY23 2AG

 
 

Lunch

Time for some lunch but remember that if you want to ride on the Vale of Rheidol Railway, the train leaves at 14.00 - this train runs on Thursdays from 26 March to 29 October 2020.

The Vale of Rheidol was the last steam railway owned by British Rail until it was privatised in 1989. It opened in 1902 to serve the lead mines, timber and passenger traffic of the Rheidol Valley. Its three steam locomotives and the carriages currently in use were built for the line between 1923 and 1938. From Aberystwyth the train climbs over 600 feet to reach Devil’s Bridge; there is a cafe, toilets and a picnic area at the station and Devil’s Bridge itself and the waterfalls are not far away to walk. The train returns from Devil’s Bridge at 16.00 or 16.15 (depending on the date) to arrive at Aberystwyth 17.00 or 17.15.

Alternatively, you can do this trip tomorrow morning - there is a train at 10.30.

All aboard for an unforgettable 12 mile journey from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge travelling up 680ft through some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery on a historic narrow-gauge steam railway.

Rail Route: Aberystwyth - Devil's Bridge

Park Avenue, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1PG

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Afternoon

More time to explore the town this afternoon or to visit the National Library or the Ceredigion Museum.

The National Library of Wales includes books, maps, manuscripts, bibliography, pictures and photos dealing with Welsh history and culture together with exhibitions and events. Reached by a 15 minute walk from the town centre (uphill!) or by bus (service 03 from next to the railway station or from the promenade). Open from 09.00 to 18.00.

Housed in the former Coliseum Theatre and Cinema, the Ceredigion Museum reflects the rich history and archaeology of the county of Ceredigion/Cardiganshire. It displays objects of all ages but most of the displays are of the Victorian period and later. Open 10.00 to 17.00.

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.

Rhiw Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3BU

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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.

Coliseum, Terrace Road, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2AQ

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Evening

The Aberystwyth Arts Centre is located on the Aberystwyth University Penglais campus (quite a long walk) and includes a theatre, cinema, concert hall, studio, galleries, café, bar and shop.

Dinner at your hotel or at one of many excellent restaurants that Aberystwyth has to offer.

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.

Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3DE

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Overnight

Stay overnight at The Richmond, Gwesty Cymru, Harry’s Hotel or local guest houses and B&Bs.

The Richmond boasts the prime seafront location on the main Aberystwyth Promenade overlooking Cardigan Bay and is at the heart of town. All room have ensuite facilities. The hotel has its own large private car park.

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Other Itineraries

> Explore Mid Wales Days Out

> Heritage Railways

> Scenic Railway Day Trips

> Short Breaks by Train

> Short Breaks in Mid Wales

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