The university town of Aberystwyth (Aber) is one of the largest towns in mid Wales and sits about 38 miles north of the market town of Cardigan. It is famous for the University Of Aberystwyth which attracts students from all over the World, and the National Library of Wales (Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru).
The National Library of Wales is a Welsh Government sponsored body and is the largest library in Wales. It is home to over 6.5 million books, and the largest collection of archives, maps, portraits and photographs in Wales.
The town itself is set on the coast line of Cardigan Bay and benefits from a mixture of Georgian and Victorian sea front properties, which can be best seen as you meaner along the mile long Victorian promenade. The promenade also boasts the oldest pier in Wales, which was built in 1864, and offers a great vantage point over Aberystwyth. Of course the best vantage point is from the top of Constitution Hill which is some 430 feet above the town and best accessed via the electric cliff railway – which happens to be the longest electric cliff railway in Britain, dating back to 1896. When atop Constitution hill a visit to the Camera Obscura is a must, offering a 360 degree view around Aberystwyth for more than 1000 square miles! It is also home to the ruins of Aberystwyth Castle and a little further away is Pen Dinas Iron Age Hill Fort.
The main town high street benefits from many shops, mainly independent boutique style shops with some high street names mixed in. While the nearby retail outlets offer larger named and designer shops.
There is a wide array of eateries which cater for pretty much all kinds of tastes, cultures and traditions. And many great pubs too. There is a large, newly built Tesco in the town as well as an M&S food market, Aldi and Iceland, among other smaller more independent food retailers too.
The general hospital (Bronglais) is at the heart of the town and offers all manner of treatments and services including a very well equipped A&E department.
The train station in Aberystwyth gives access to the West Midlands and from there, the rest of the UK.
From the far edge of the train station is the more local Rheidol Valley train station which is a narrow gauge steam powered train that takes you on an adventurous journey through the stunning, wild and rugged Rheidol Valley all the way to Devils Bridge. This really is a must do trip and will not disappoint. Devils Bridge is home to some of the most stunning waterfalls and its famous bridges. It was also where the hit TV show, Hinterland was filmed and it gives access to the Cambrian Mountains, Hafod Estate, Elan Valley and so much more. This area of Wales really is essential to view.
All in all, this stunning, medieval town offers tourists and locals so much, and it’s a pure delight to visit and is essential if you are in the area.