The town has a long maritime and shipbuilding history and today Aberystwyth’s harbour and marina hosts sailing boats and yachts, and fishing boats regularly land Cardigan Bay lobster, crab, scallops and mackerel in season. Fishing trips are available during the summer.
Constitution Hill (or ‘Consti’) lies at the quieter northern end of the promenade and features a cliff railway to the summit and cafe, with its unusual Camera Obscura and a massive 14 inch lens which makes it one of the world’s largest.
A brisk walk or leisurely stroll along the prom is a must. Take to the prom in the evening and enjoy one of the best sunsets on the Welsh coastline. From Easter onwards, the flags of over 50 nations are displayed along the north and south promenades including an interesting collection of flags of minority European nations.
Aberystwyth’s Cliff Railway opened in 1896 and at 778 feet (237 metres) is the longest funicular railway in the UK. Its twin carriages, the Lord Geraint and Lord Marks wagons, ferry 30 passengers at a time up and down the hill.
Aberystwyth University was established in 1872 and initially opened with just 26 students in the Old College on the seafront which was originally built as a hotel in the 1870s.
Aberystwyth Castle was started by Edward I in the late 13th century after the defeat of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd. In 1637 it was designated a royal mint by Charles 1 and made shillings of silver from local mines.
The imposing National Library of Wales contains 75 miles of shelving and over five million books, as well as a collection of art, film and maps. The Library is also home to Wales’s most precious historical artefacts including the Black Book of Carmarthen, the oldest book produced in Wales.
Aberystwyth Arts Centre is a venue which attracts world class performers and artists. Located on the University campus it has spectacular views over Cardigan Bay.
Housed in a
former Edwardian Music Hall, Ceredigon Museum includes a reconstruction of a tiny Ceredigion cottage of the mid-nineteenth century, the
museum also has a lively programme of exhibitions.
The Tourist Information Centre, just off the seafront, is open Monday - Saturday throughout the year and on Sundays during the summer and bank holiday weekends. Call in to find out what's on in Aberystwyth.
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