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AberystwythUnited Kingdom

Although far from isolated on the scale of manycountries and continents, Aberystwyth, situated inthe middle of Cardigan Bay, has a definite air of being agreeably cut off fromits 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 sinuouslyaround the scenic coastline or climb dramatically up the great impassive hillsand green valleys of Wales.

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

Get Away fromIt AllAs such, Aberystwyth isthe perfect destination to ‘get away from it all’, being popular with familiesin 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 foroutdoor and coastal activities, the attractively old-fashioned town hasundergone a revival, alighting on an optimal blend of nostalgic attractions andthose catering to the modern demand for tranquil leisure.

AberystwythCentreThe seafront promenade naturally forms the focus ofany walk around Aber, but there’s also plenty todiscover in the network of bustling streets leading up to the front. More than60 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 AberysthwythCastle are at the southern end of town, both offering traditionalstops on any seaside agenda. Aberystwyth ArtsCentre boasts a state-of-art theatre and cinema and large concert venue. Thehugely impressive National Library of Wales houses millions of books in thisstronghold of the Welsh language movement, and features regular exhibitions.

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

Devil’s BridgeThe Edwardian Vale of Rheidolsteam railway runs for 12 miles through gorgeous mid-Wales countryside from AberystwythStation to Devils Bridge, the irresistible combination comprising one ofmid-Wales’s top historic and scenic attractions. Devils Bridge is a fecund100-metre-deep gorge with a picturesque waterfall, all traversed by threeancient bridges, each one above the other. Quite how they were originallybuilt, only the Devil knows.

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

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

Top hotels in Aberystwyth

Gwesty'r Marine Hotel & Spa
Gwesty'r Marine Hotel & Spa
3 out of 5
46 MARINE TERRACE, Aberystwyth, Wales
The price is £76 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Nestled on the beach, this Aberystwyth hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Aberystwyth Beach and Aberystwyth University. Traeth y De - South Beach and Traeth y Gogledd ...

3.9/5Very Good! (279 reviews)

"This was an overall pleasant stay. There were some features which felt a little dated, so the hotel could do with a touch of modernisation to uplift the overall look, and perhaps double-glazing the windows would be a start."…"

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2020

Gwesty'r Marine Hotel & Spa
George Borrow Hotel
George Borrow Hotel
2 out of 5
Ponterwydd, Aberystwyth, Wales
The price is £55 per night from 9 Nov to 10 Nov

Situated in Aberystwyth, this property is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Silver Mountain Experience and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre. Aberystwyth ...

4.2/5Excellent! (123 reviews)

"Lovely individual hotel with gorgeous views of the Welsh countryside."…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2020

George Borrow Hotel
Starling Cloud Hotel by Marston's Inns
Starling Cloud Hotel by Marston's Inns
4 out of 5
Boulevard St Brieuc, Aberystwyth, Wales
The price is £55 per night from 22 Nov to 23 Nov

Situated near the beach, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Library of Wales and Aberystwyth University. Traeth y De - South Beach and Aberystwyth Beach ...

4.1/5Very Good! (173 reviews)

"Was a nice stay in a family room clean and tidy friendly staff and a bar/restaurant right next door onsite parking would stay again for sure"…"

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2020

Starling Cloud Hotel by Marston's Inns
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Aberystwyth

The Hay Suite
The Hay Suite
4 out of 5
Bryn Carnedd Cottages, Clarach Road, Aberystwyth, Wales

Situated near the beach, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Library of Wales and Aberystwyth University. Clarach Beach and Aberystwyth Beach are ...

4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)
Nice little cottage.

"Booked for a week on business, has everything you need, the only thing that it didn't have that would have been nice is a desk fan. Would definitely stay again next time."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2019

The Hay Suite
Marine Studio Apartment
Marine Studio Apartment
3.5 out of 5
Marine Hotel, Aberystwyth, Wales

Situated on the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Aberystwyth Beach and Aberystwyth University. Aberystwyth Castle and Traeth y De - South ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)

"Lovely comfortable room with a nice bed. However it was advertised as having an oven and hob - all we got was a microwave and toaster. The seafront view would have been wonderful but the windows had not been cleaned for some time, the lack of double glazing meant that noise was a problem."…"

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2019

Marine Studio Apartment
The Dairy
The Dairy
4 out of 5
Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth, Wales

Situated near the beach, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Library of Wales and Aberystwyth University. Clarach Beach and Aberystwyth Castle are ...

The Dairy
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Aberystwyth

Devil's Bridge Falls
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Devil's Bridge Falls

4.5/5(35 reviews)

Devil’s Bridge, situated in Ceredigion in Mid-Wales, is a strikingly unusual structure, which rises high above the River Mynach. It stands at the point where the river drops 300 feet down a steep and narrow ravine before it meets the River Rheidol.

Constitution Hill
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Constitution Hill

4.5/5(26 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Constitution Hill, a lovely green space in Aberystwyth. Visit the lively bars or top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Aberystwyth Beach
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Aberystwyth Beach

4/5(100 reviews)

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Aberystwyth Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Aberystwyth. Stroll along the area's seaside or simply savour its lively bars.

Aberystwyth Castle
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Aberystwyth Castle

4/5(60 reviews)

Walk around the ruins of a 13th-century coastal fortress, once a powerful and important defensive stronghold for an English king.

Ceredigion Museum
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Ceredigion Museum

5/5(2 reviews)

You can spend time browsing the exhibits at Ceredigion Museum in Aberystwyth. Visit the lively bars or top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Traeth y De - South Beach
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Traeth y De - South Beach

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Traeth y De - South Beach during your trip to Aberystwyth? Wander the area's seaside or simply enjoy one of its lively bars.

Top things to do in Aberystwyth

Conwy Self Guided City Tour (NEW self Distance)
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Conwy Self Guided City Tour (NEW self Distance)

£5
Per adult
Historical Walking Tour of Conwy Town with a Welsh Lady Guide
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Historical Walking Tour of Conwy Town with a Welsh Lady Guide

£10
Per adult

Reviews of Aberystwyth

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Verified traveller

6 May 2020

Aberystwyth is a lovely place. The town and shopping was great but don't stay at the Starling cloud hotel - it's not good. Changed of management is definitely needed!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Mar 2020

I love Aberystwth, its a great town with a good selection of pubs and restaurants. Does lack a few venues like a bowling alley and is quiet a way from the nearest big town/city. Was a student here and love coming back for my society reunion weekend.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Feb 2020

Aber will always have a special place in my heart after being a Uni student there :)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Feb 2020

Love it

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Jan 2020

I absolutely love Aberystwyth, I'm selling up my place in the Midlands and going back to live permanently .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Nov 2019

Clean, fabulous shopping, walks, cycle tracks, history, friendly people, it's got everything, I love it .

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