Aberystwyth

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Aberystwyth which includes a coastal town and street scenes as well as a small group of people

Although far from isolated on the scale of many countries and continents, Aberystwyth, situated in the middle of Cardigan Bay, has a definite air of being agreeably cut off from its closest centres of population. They are all over 70 or 80 miles distant, and on roads that do not allow fast travel by car as they snake sinuously around the scenic coastline or climb dramatically up the great impassive hills and green valleys of Wales.

The prevalence of the Welsh language in the area adds to its exotic, distant feel – very much the last stop on the wonderfully scenic Cambrian Railway line (with connections, eventually, to Birmingham) which first brought tourism to the town in the Victorian era.

Get Away from It AllAs such, Aberystwyth is the perfect destination to ‘get away from it all’, being popular with families in search of the kind of traditional seaside holiday in vogue when Aberystwythwas dubbed ‘the Biarritz of Wales’ 150 years ago.

More recently having reinvented itself as a centre for outdoor and coastal activities, the attractively old-fashioned town has undergone a revival, alighting on an optimal blend of nostalgic attractions and those catering to the modern demand for tranquil leisure.

Aberystwyth CentreThe seafront promenade naturally forms the focus of any walk around Aber, but there’s also plenty to discover in the network of bustling streets leading up to the front. More than 60 pubs vie for your attention, offering a reminder that Aberystwythhas a large student population during term time; many bars also offer food, along with a cosmopolitan range of cafes, takeaways and restaurants.

The Victorian pier and ruined 12th-century Aberysthwyth Castle are at the southern end of town, both offering traditional stops on any seaside agenda. Aberystwyth Arts Centre boasts a state-of-art theatre and cinema and large concert venue. The hugely impressive National Library of Wales houses millions of books in this stronghold of the Welsh language movement, and features regular exhibitions.

Aberystwyth Cliff RailwayAt the northern end of the Prom, Constitution Hill features a wonderful seaside relic in the funicular Cliff Railway, which will hoist you to the top of the cliff in time-honoured Victorian style. A tea shop awaits invitingly at its summit, along with a smashing seagull’s eye view over Aberystwythand 26 distant mountain peaks – which are redoubled in excitement value by viewing them via the world’s largest camera, Obscura.

Devil’s BridgeThe Edwardian Vale of Rheidol steam railway runs for 12 miles through gorgeous mid-Wales countryside from AberystwythStation to Devils Bridge, the irresistible combination comprising one of mid-Wales’s top historic and scenic attractions. Devils Bridge is a fecund 100-metre-deep gorge with a picturesque waterfall, all traversed by three ancient bridges, each one above the other. Quite how they were originally built, only the Devil knows.

Aberystwyth ActivitiesHillwalking is hugely popular in the vicinity of Aberystwyth, your first challenge being Pen Dinas, south of town, which features an Iron Age hill fort and the Wellington Monument visible for miles around. Walk the coastal path toward the neighbouring beaches at surf-friendly Borth.

Or, of course, you could take a boat trip in search of dolphins and seals or go sea angling, sea rowing, windsurfing, landsurfing or kitesurfing.

Starling Cloud, Aberystwyth by Marston’s Inns
Starling Cloud, Aberystwyth by Marston’s Inns
4 out of 5
Boulevard St Brieuc, Aberystwyth, Wales
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £48 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Situated near the beach, this inn is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from National Library of Wales and 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Aberystwyth University. Traeth y De - South Beach ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (244 reviews)
"Clean, comfortable, close to town"

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2021

Starling Cloud, Aberystwyth by Marston’s Inns
The Four Seasons Hotel
The Four Seasons Hotel
3.5 out of 5
54 Portland Street, Aberystwyth, Wales
The price is £54 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
Located in the heart of Aberystwyth, this beach hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Aberystwyth Beach and 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Aberystwyth University. Aberystwyth ...
3.2/5 (67 reviews)
"The hotel was clean and comfortable Staff friendly and lovely breakfast They were happy to look after my bags for a while after checkout time"

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2021

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Gwesty'r Marine Hotel & Spa
Gwesty'r Marine Hotel & Spa
3 out of 5
46 MARINE TERRACE, Aberystwyth, Wales
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £75 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Nestled on the beach, this Aberystwyth hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Aberystwyth Beach and 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Aberystwyth University. Traeth y De - South Beach ...
3.9/5 Good! (406 reviews)
"Friendly Staff"

Reviewed on 7 Dec 2021

Gwesty'r Marine Hotel & Spa
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LUXURY SELF CATERING ACCOMODATION IN THE HEART OF ABERYSTWYTH
LUXURY SELF CATERING ACCOMODATION IN THE HEART OF ABERYSTWYTH
25a Bridge St, 1, Aberystwyth, WLS
The price is £108 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
Located in the mountains, this Aberystwyth holiday home offers ski-in/ski-out access and is within a 10-minute walk of Aberystwyth Beach, Traeth y De - South ...
4/5 Very Good! (4 reviews)
"Lovely decorated modern apartment, spotlessly clean and well equipped. Great location for all our needs. The owner was friendly and very helpful, nothing was too much to ask. Wouldn't hesitate to stay here again."

Reviewed on 27 Dec 2021

LUXURY SELF CATERING ACCOMODATION IN THE HEART OF ABERYSTWYTH
Brynllwyd Glamping
Brynllwyd Glamping
3.5 out of 5
Brynllwyd, Devils Bridge, Aberystwyth, Wales
The price is £130 per night from 9 Feb to 10 Feb
Situated in Aberystwyth, this spa campsite is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Devil's Bridge Falls and within 6 miles (10 km) of Silver Mountain Experience and Bwlch Nant ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Amazing getaway
"Wonderful place to stay, quiet and relaxing. The hot tub and fire pit made a frosty night very cosy."

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2021

Brynllwyd Glamping
The Dairy
The Dairy
4 out of 5
Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth, Wales
Situated near the beach, this cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Aberystwyth University and National Library of Wales. Clarach Beach and Aberystwyth Castle are ...
The Dairy
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