Aberystwyth is a charming small university town in the county of Ceredigion on the west coast of Wales. It was established over 700 years ago with the granting of a Royal Charter. The town is situated on the beautiful Ceredigion Coast. At the northern end of the promenade is Constitution Hill (430ft) housed at the top of Constitution Hill is the octagonal camera obscura. On a clear day I was told it is possible to see nearly a hundred miles of coastline.
If you are feeling energetic you may prefer to make the journey to the top on foot via the steep and winding path! Alternatively a ride on the Cliff Railway to the top is an enjoyable experience with magnificent views of Cardigan Bay and beyond. Originally the Cliff Railway operated on the water balance system, but was converted to electric around 1921 it is Britain’s longest cliff railway. There is a café at the top where you can relax and have some refreshments. The railway and the camera obscura are closed in the winter months.
If you enjoy walking you may be interested in the 5 mile walk along the coastal path to the sea-side village of Borth from Constitution Hill, you can then catch a bus back to Aberystwyth. The Promenade is the focal point of the town and many people can be seen enjoying a leisurely stroll along the sea-front; why not take afternoon tea at one of the sea-front hotels. Aberystwyth has many bars, cafes, restaurants, take- aways and coffee houses for food and drink, there are plenty of pubs and clubs to choose from, some serve food, others have live music; dancing etc. there is plenty to do at night in the town.
Aberystwyth is home to the National Library of Wales, many literary treasures of Wales are stored there.
You may like to visit the Ceredigion Museum it has well presented displays which focus on lead mining, sea faring and home life, giving one an insight into the history of the area. There are re-constructed Welsh Cottages plus much more of interest including regular temporary exhibitions. The museum is housed in the ornate Edwardian Coliseum Music Hall, well worth seeing.
Another visitor attraction is the Vale of Rheidol Railway you get the opportunity to have a memorable journey through some stunning scenery on a train powered by vintage steam engines. The railways terminus is at Devils Bridge which is famous for its waterfalls and stunning bridges; you may want to spend a little time here before making the journey back to town. This visitor attraction is popular with day excursions and does get busy in the main holiday months. The railway is open April – September only.
The towns mainline and the Vale of Rheidol train stations are approximately a ten minute walk from the sea-front. In many of the streets around the station you will find places to stay as well as on Alexandra Road and along South Marine Terrace. There are hotels, guest houses and b&bs.to choose from.
Around 12 miles from Aberystwyth is the Llywernog Silver-Lead Mine Museum and is well worth a visit, you get an insight in to the mining process, see the working water wheels and go underground on a cap and lamp tour a fascinating place to see.
There are many enjoyable attractions and activities in Aberystwyth and the surrounding coastal/inland areas whether you are visiting Mid Wales for a short or longer stay there will be something to suit you.