About Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth – lively university town, Victorian seaside resort complete with promenade and pier, an ideal place to stay to explore the Wales Coast Path along Cardigan Bay. Aberystwyth town and its surrounding countryside has a wide selection of accommodation and Aberystwyth has an annual programme of international and community cultural and sporting events. Enjoy the natural spectacles of Aberystwyth’s stunning sunsets, dramatic seascapes and famous winter starling murmurations. Spot people ‘kicking the bar’ – a quirky tradition exercised at the end of the Promenade at the foot of Constitution Hill. Aberystwyth University was established in 1872 in a seafront building now known affectionately as the ‘Old College’.

Aberystwyth is the main location of the atmospheric television detective series  Hinterland/ Y Gwyll.

Aberystwyth is BBC Economics Editor, Robert Peston’s favourite town:

“We love the seaside. I do a lot of walking, I love the coastal walks, I love the mountainous walks nearby, it’s an incredibly beautiful area. It’s amazingly unspoilt and I find all the people warm, incredibly charming and friendly and welcoming. I also like the fact that because of the university there’s a very mixed population, there are lots of international people, good places to eat as well, but the landscape is what I love above everything else, it’s an absolute joy.”

The Aberystwyth seafront still retains much of its Victorian character, as do many building around the town, particularly the imposing chapels, whilst there are street names that suggest that the town is even older, which indeed it is. Walk around town to discover more.

The Aberystwyth Cliff Railway​ opened in 1896 and at 778 feet (237 metres) is the longest funicular railway in the UK, and the Vale of Rheidol Railway opened in 1901, taking visitors to Devil’s Bridge and its famous waterfalls.

Aberystwyth is a convenient meeting point between North and South Wales, and is the destination for a day’s shopping or a good night out for a wide area.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre hosts world class performers and artists in its theatres, galleries and studios. The Centre includes exhibition spaces, a theatre, cinema and concert hall as well as artists’ studios, book and gift shops. The University School of Art, close to the centre of Aberystwyth town, has a collection of fine and decorative art from the 15th century to the contemporary.

Overlooking Aberystwyth town is the imposing National Library of Wales, which is much more than a library with over five million books. Its galleries feature major exhibitions about Wales, its people and culture, interpreted with items from its vast collections of photographs, recordings, paintings, drawings, artefacts as well as maps, books, manuscripts and digital archives.  Take a free tour to discover more.

Aberystwyth is also home of the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies and the base of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales. It was to Aberystwyth University that HRH Prince Charles came to learn Welsh prior to his investiture as Prince of Wales. Aberystwyth has strong links with its Celtic and other twin towns: St Brieuc in Brittany, Esquel in Patagonia and Kronberg in Germany. Take a walk along the promenade and see how many flags of minority European nations you can identify.

Ceredigion has a rich cultural and folkloric heritage. Ceredigion Museum is a great place to start on your discovery of Ceredigion as well as a great collection of art and lively programme of exhibitions and events.

Aberystwyth Castle may stand in ruin but this is testament to a long and turbulent history. Fortified by Edward I in the late 13th century after the defeat of Prince Llywelyn ap Gruffydd; beseiged and occupied by Owain Glyndwr; designated a Royal Mint in 1637 by Charles I to make shillings from silver from mines in the nearby Cambrian Mountains, and bombed during the Civil War.

Aberystwyth Farmers Market has been recognised as one of the best in the UK, and the town has interesting independent shops as well as high street outlets.

Aberystwyth has an excellent choice of cafes, pubs and restaurants for lunchtime snacks and meals or to pick up picnic treats. Treat yourself to an evening meal in one (or more) of Aberystwyth’s restaurants – everything from fish and chips to Spanish tapas, Italian, Greek, Asian and Chinese or explore the menus of our seafront hotels and bars for modern Welsh cuisine.

Only a short drive out of town extends the choice even further – cream teas in elegant country hotel surroundings, or good beer and food in a friendly country pub.