The Area

Aberystwyth is a historic University town on the beautiful coast of Cardigan Bay in West Wales. Aberystwyth is situated midway between the National Parks of Snowdonia and Pembroke Coast, and it is just a short drive inland to the Cambrian Mountains soaring to over 2000 feet.

It is ideal for both seaside and mountain holidays, with large beaches and cliff and hill walks in the immediate area, and with high mountains and heritage coastline within an easy and pleasant drive.

In the town, there is a long promenade, along the seafront from Constitition Hill around the Castle, dating back to 1277, and the old University, which was the first in Wales and which is over 100 years old, to the Harbour and Marina. The promenade passes alongside two safe and clean beaches of the town. There is an interesting Cliff Railway up Constitution Hill, from where there is a marvellous view over the town and along the whole of Cardigan Bay coast. On clear days, the mountains of Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsula can be seen to the north, whilst the rugged coast down to Pembrokeshire is visible to the south. On the top of Constitution Hill, there is an unusual Camera Obsura. From the top, there is a lovely walk over the cliffs to Clarach and Borth for the more energetic.

The town itself is always lively, and has a good selection of shops, a cinema and a museum. There are a good selection of cafes, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes and pockets. For the sports minded, there are tennis courts, a 9 and 18 hole golf course, a miniature golf course on the sea front, and the Plascrug Leisure Centre, which boasts two indoor swimming pools. At Borth, which is 5 miles to the north, you can try surfing on the huge sandy beach, and there is another golf course there.

Beyond the town, within a pleasant drive, there are the interesting towns of Machynlleth and Aberaeron with their various local attracttions. If you want to leave the car behind, there are trains from Aberystwyth to Mid and North Wales, with good value rover tickets available. A popular attraction is the Vale of Rheidol steam train, which will give you a breathtaking trip to Devils Bridge. We will provide leaflets and maps to help you find the many local attractions and to enjoy the whole area.