If you need to go to Aberystwyth for work, or for a long weekend break in this glorious seaside resort, hopping on the train ensures that you have a smooth and relaxing journey.
By taking advantage of our special offers, including our popular Anytime tickets, you can save money. Our free onboard Wifi allows you to sit back and catch up with your favourite soaps, best mates and more. On the stunning West coast of Wales, the beautiful market town of Aberystwyth curves round the smooth, languid bay, rimmed by an impressive mile-long Promenade. This stretches from the busy marina at one end to Constitution Hill at the other. The easiest way to the top is by the Electric Cliff Railway that runs up the steep sided cliff.
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Take in the view of the town and out across the bay - it’s jaw-dropping, and there’s even a Camera Obscura. Originally built in the grounds of the castle in 1880, but was relocated for a more impressive view. With a huge 14-inch lens, it’s one of the largest examples in the world. The original site of the Camera Obscura, the well cared for castle gardens surround the ruins of the once-majestic castle. Built in the mid-1200s, on top of the ruins of a previous building, during the reign of King Edward I, it changed hands several times. During the 1282 war, it was reclaimed by the Welsh, but in 1410 it returned to the English. The Civil War saw the castle being used as a Royal mint which was slighted by Oliver Cromwell in 1649. Today it’s well worth a visit, still standing proud over the town, and surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, perfect for a relaxing stroll. Listen carefully and you may still hear the cries of the soldiers still said to haunt the battlements!
Head for The Silver Mountain Experience to discover life underground by exploring the tunnels of a 19th-century mine. Preserved and added to, these tunnels are part of a celebration of the Welsh mining industry. Above ground, you can see the huge machinery and working water wheels designed to facilitate the mining of coal. It’s a fascinating insight into bygone days.
For the retail lover, the shopping district of Aberystwyth has all the high street names, with enough designer labels to keep every fashionista happy. If you’re after something more unusual, take a look in the independent boutiques for hand made jewellery or studio glass and pottery. Beautifully cosy knitwear, ceramics and locally produced delicacies are just waiting for you. Why not pick up some delicious homemade Welsh shortbread or clotted cream fudge for the journey home? Relax in comfort on the train back to Manchester after a fun day spent enjoying all Aberystwyth has to offer. By downloading our easy-to-use smartphone app, you can keep up with all our latest money saving special deals, including group travel tickets if you’re planning a friends day out.