Don’t let the car drive your day
A picturesque coastal and market town in Ceredigion, Wales, Aberystwyth, or as it’s locally known ‘Aber’, is a university town known for its culture, heritage and landscapes.
Whether it's strolling along the oldest pier or at the camera obscura on top of Constitution Hill you'll find breath-taking views of the Aber's promenade and coastline.
Must see attractions
The Georgian seaside town of Aberystwyth has something to offer everyone. Full to the brim of cultural must-sees the town is known as the window to Welsh culture via literature, film, art, sound and more. Some of the top cultural hotspots include:
National Library of Wales - Immerse yourself in Welsh and Celtic history in one of Wales' premier libraries. Since 1911 this library has housed a copy of every single printed work published in the UK and Ireland.
Ceredigion Museum and Gallery - Another celebration of Welsh culture and heritage this beautiful museum is located in an Edwardian theatre and situated near the seafront.
Vale of Rheidol Railway - There's no finer way to see the countryside than a rail trip to Devil's Bridge on the Rheidol Railway. Take in the spectacular scenery on this classic steam engine and keep a keen eye out for Red Kites and buzzards overhead.
For more inspiration head to Visit Wales’ guide > Guide to Aberystwyth.
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A weekend in Aberystwyth
The town is the ideal getaway location for you; whether you prefer a walking holiday, a culture-filled weekend or you’re simply looking for somewhere to unwind for the weekend - Aberystwyth can accommodate. For those with more time to spare, make sure you make time to visit the following tourist attractions:
Aberystwyth Castle - Once a towering fortress, the sea, and many battles have left just the ruins of this formerly great castle. The history of the castle can still be explored as you can now stroll through the castle as a park.
Camera Obscura and Cliff Railway - On a clear day you can see amazing 360 degrees views from the biggest camera obscura in the world, including the summit of Snowdon. Plus you can enjoy a ride on the longest electric cliff railway in the UK, which opened way back in 1896.
Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre - This park is full of beautiful trails for walkers, mountain bikers and runners alike. Or you can try your hand at feeding some Red Kites on their daily feed.
Food and drink in Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth has a variety of restaurants, pubs and cafes where you can sit and enjoy lunch. Some overlook the promenade and make the most of the beautiful coastline. Independent businesses offer the Welsh take on cuisines from around the world, so there’s food for everyone.
Shopping in Aberystwyth
As a shopping hub for Mid and West Wales, Aberystwyth offers the beauty of both well-known chain retail shops as well as the local charm of independent shops. Complete with Farmer's Markets, you can enjoy everything the locals have to offer in the heart of the town.