Perched near the mouth of Ystwyth River, the Welsh resort town of Aberystwyth beckons with a lively waterfront, pier and promenade. It’s home to the University of Wales Aberystwyth and the historically important National Library, along with an outdoor performance stage and 13th-century castle.
Things to do in Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth revolves around the seafront and a bustling promenade filled with skaters, cyclists and joggers. Stretching for two kilometres, it provides access to the two main beaches, the harbour, marina, a kids’ paddling pool and a variety of shops and boutiques. At the Bandstand in the Marina Terrace section, you can enjoy live bands, choirs and performance artists.
The 1860s-era Aberystwyth's Pier cradles an amusement arcade, ice-cream parlour and several bars and clubs. Join locals for snooker and sports TV at Pier Pavilion, then experience the nightclub scene at Pier Brasserie or Pier Pressure. Other evening options in town include Y Bañera Wine, a sleek gathering spot for live music, wine and trendy cocktails.
Have a picnic on the grounds of the 13th-century ruins of Aberystwyth Castle. Visit the war memorial and keep an eye out for the Bardic circle of 13 sacred stones. Afterwards, take the cliff railway to the top of Constitution Hill for spectacular views and a Victorian-style camera obscura.
Inside the old Coliseum Theatre, learn about the region’s history at Ceredigion Museum, which displays Welsh costumes, furniture and farming artefacts. Afterwards, enjoy modern art, dance and film productions at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Take a break from sightseeing with a serenity-filled hike in the picturesque Penglais Nature Park on the north edge of town.
Getting around Aberystwyth
The town centre and waterfront of Aberystwyth are pedestrian-friendly, but you can also use buses and taxis to get around. Rental cars are available at Birmingham Airport, about 160 kilometres away.