Catching the train for your journey from Chester to the Welsh town of Aberystwyth allows you to arrive feeling relaxed and ready to explore.
Whether it’s for a weekend break or a business trip, why not take advantage of our free on-board Wifi and download a movie to enjoy, or stream the latest chart-toppers as you fly through the countryside? Known locally as Aber, Aberystwyth lies on the wild coast of West Wales. To the south is the smallest cathedral city in the UK - St Davids, while go north and you’ll find Aberdaron, a Mecca for keen surfers. This makes Aber the ideal place to explore the Coastal Way from, and by bringing your own bike, you can enjoy a part of the 180-mile route, or for the really dedicated, cycle the whole way!
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Head for the glorious seafront for a stroll along the wide, sweeping Promenade. Running for more than a mile from the marina to Constitution Hill. Here jump on the funicular railway for an easy ride to the top, which offers an impressive view right across the town. From here the 13th-century castle looks marvellous. Built by King Edward I, it’s closely bordered by more contemporary architecture, creating an unusual juxtaposition of ancient and modern, which seems perfectly at home in this vibrant and buzzing resort. Over the centuries, it has survived numerous fires, deadly sieges and witnessed multiple changes of power, but today, rather than protect the town, the townspeople protect it and keep it preserved for the generations to enjoy.
The award-winning Arts Centre is a must visit and provides a fulsome culture fix, whatever your taste. With a year-round programme of events, live performances and exhibitions, whether you’re a fan of ballet, stand up comedy or opera, have a look through their website to see what’s on. If you need an adrenaline fix to thrive, Aber Adventures offers family friendly excitement in the form of a wide range of water sports, including surfboarding and kayaking. However, for something more peaceful and far more zen, the Butterfly House allows you to get up close and personal with nature’s wonder - butterflies. Walking through the glass-roofed houses and the outdoor gardens, rare flora and fauna are all around, ready to land and drink from nectar-rich flowers right in front of you!
If you’re seeking a retail fix, Aberystwyth has the bright light of the high street names you’d expect, along with enough designer labels to keep even the greatest fashionista satisfied. Many independent boutiques have also made Aber their home. Offering artisan treasures from local artists, you can spot some amazing one-off pieces that are perfect to gift to a loved one - or yourself! Warm, cosy knitwear, mouth blown glasses, and hand thrown pottery, there’s something for every taste and budget here.
Why not pick up delicious Welsh cheeses, homemade fudge and fresh-from-the-oven pastries for the journey home.
Settle back in comfort for the homeward journey, relaxing after your busy day, and by downloading our app, you’ll immediately know about all our special money saving deals. Perfect for your next visit to Aberystwyth or anywhere else you fancy, our offers, including Advanced tickets and flexible Anytime options leave you with more in your wallet - wonderful!