Catching the train from Liverpool to the Welsh coastal resort of Aberystwyth allows you to arrive feeling relaxed and refreshed. Travelling through some of the UK’s most beautiful scenery, why not stream your favourite tracks via our free onboard Wifi, creating a playlist for your adventure.
On the edge of Wales, Aberystwyth looks out over the sea and has the River Rheidol flowing through its heart. Celebrated for its glorious bay, stretching from the popular harbour at one end to the steep climb up Constitution Hill at the other. Running from the base of the hill to its summit, the Electric Cliff Railway is the easiest way to reach the peak. You’ll emerge from the carriage with the whole curved coastline laid out before you, and inland, the roofs of Aberystwyth. An unusually large Victorian Camera Obscura allows you to view the panorama in fantastic detail - a rare treat!
From the top of Constitution Hill, you can spot the castle’s remaining towers, walls and gatehouses, which sit comfortably next to contemporary buildings, and the town’s bright lights. Built in the early 13th century on the site of a previous timber castle, the solid stone keep changed allegiances several times over the years and survived many attempts to destroy it and the surrounding settlement. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction on many visitors must-see lists.
A stroll along the Promenade brings you to Aberystwyth’s retail district. With all the usual big names and designer labels, there’s something for everyone; however, for something a little more exclusive, head for the independent boutiques. These are packed with gorgeously unique gifts, bright shiny treasures and delicate trinkets. Handmade silver jewellery vies for your attention with studio glassware and pottery, homemade fudge cry out to be tried, and why not treat yourself to a cosy locally produced jumper.
For those seeking a culture fix, a visit to the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, and its neighbour, the National Library of Wales is a great plan. The home of the world’s smallest book, the library and the Arts Centre regularly host art exhibitions, events and live performances, from opera to stand up comedy - every taste is catered for.
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