A popular Welsh coastal resort on the Rheidol Estuary, where a fine stone causeway stretches out to provide a safe haven for pleasure craft and fishing boats. The headland above the town is attractively laid out with gardens. A promenade runs along the crescent-shaped seafront, fronted by a lovely shingle and sandy beach.

Aberystwyth Bay
View to Aberystwyth Castle by Philip Halling (CC2)

Visitors will find a lively cosmopolitan town centre with extensive shopping facilities and many good pubs, bars and restaurants. On the hills behind the town sit the modern buildings of the National Library of Wales, the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, and various other university departments.

A restored Victorian funicular railway operates on Constitution Hill above the town. Aberystwyth is also a terminus of the Vale of Rheidol Railway; a narrow-gauge, single-track line that runs 12 miles inland through spectacular scenery.

The town boasts some very attractive 19th-c architecture, particularly along South Marine Terrace and Queen's Square, plus several pristine 18th-19th-c buildings in laura Place. However, pride of place goes the town's ruined 13th-c Norman castle, built on a promontory beside the estuary.

The nearby resort of Cardigan Bay has seaside attractions, iron age settlements and medieval castles.

Just in land in the western Cambrian Mountains (on the A44 near Ponterwyd), is an old silver mine (circa 1860), that once extracted the silver rich lead ore from deep in these mountains. The area is now classified as a scheduled ancient monument. The mine has been restored and is now open to the public, where visitors can explore its underground workings and Grade II listed buildings.

Tourist Information Centre:

Terrace Road, Aberystwyth, Wales SY23 2AG - Tel: 01970 612125

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Cardiganshire: Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Lampeter, New Quay, Tregaron

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Attractions in Mid Wales

Aberystwyth Castle | Builth Castle Mound | Ceredigion Museum | Funicular Cliff Railway | National Cycle Collection | National Library of Wales | Radnorshire Museum | Silver Mountain Experience | Vale of Rheidol Light Railway


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