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Holidays in Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth is a seaside town on the shores of Cardigan Bay

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View over Aberystwyth

With its castle ruins, pier, promenade and cliff railway, Aberystwyth is undoubtedly one of Wales’ most distinctive resorts.

Aberystwyth, or ‘Aber’, is a historic market town and seaside resort in the Welsh county of Ceredigion. The town lies between three hills and a pair of stunning beaches. Its elegant seafront is lined with colourfully painted Victorian and Edwardian buildings and, on a clear day, you can see all the way to Snowdon, Wales’ highest mountain. The promenade is a wonderful place to sunbathe, take a leisurely stroll or gaze out to the Irish Sea. Aberystwyth is a thriving university town and its large student population ensures that there’s plenty to do in the evening, with stylish bars, lively clubs and no less than 50 pubs to choose from.

For a lovely day trip, take a ride on the Vale of Rheidol Railway. Traditional steam trains make regular 12-mile journeys between Aberystwyth and Devil’s Bridge, passing some of the Rheidol Valley’s most stunning scenery. During the summer months, you can feel the wind in your hair on one of the railway’s open carriages or enjoy the comfort of a first-class observation saloon. Look out for buzzards and red kites, often seen soaring over the valley.

The Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

Also not to be missed is the spectacular Aberystwyth Cliff Railway, Britain’s longest funicular electric cliff railway. The railway climbs to the top of Constitution Hill, at the northern end of the promenade. From here, passengers are rewarded with views of the town, Cardigan Bay and, when the weather is good, 26 mountain peaks, stretched out across the country.

There are few better places in Wales to enjoy a delicious meal with a sweeping sea view than Aberystwyth.

“With its castle ruins, pier, promenade and cliff railway, Aberystwyth is undoubtedly one of Wales’ most distinctive resorts.”

Visitors will find a great choice of eateries, including modern restaurants, traditional cafes and cosy old pubs. Baravin is undoubtedly one of the town’s trendiest places for a drink or bite to eat, with its open kitchen, white-brick tiles and curved glass wall, with views across Cardigan Bay. On the menu are tasty bruschettas, pizzas, pastas and Brooklyn beer. For light lunches, such as salads and rarebits, or a beautifully presented evening meal, try the award-winning Gwesty Cymru. On a sunny afternoon, its patio is hard to beat for views of the bay. If you fancy fish and chips, check out Chip Box 4, which serves delicious fish cooked to order and is based opposite the pier.

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While you’re there

Aberystwyth Castle

Once a magnificent and formidable fortress, Aberystwyth Castle is now more a crumbling ruin.

Ceredigion Museum

You can learn all about the history and culture of the county at this fun and friendly museum.

Vale of Rheidol Railway

Take this charming steam train from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge to see beautiful scenery and wildlife.

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