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Things to do in Aberystwyth

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Perched on the stunning West Wales coastline is the bustling town of Aberystwyth, where you will find plenty of great things to do.

There are many great things to do in Aberystwyth, which is a popular seaside spot, with an array of attractions catering to the whole family. The town is home to the magnificent National Library of Wales, featuring an impressive collection of over 6.5 million books. Alternatively, brush up on the local history with a visit to Aberystwyth Museum to learn of the area’s intriguing past.

The ruined Aberystwyth Castle hosts remains dating back to the 13th century, a fascinating thing to do on the Aberystwyth seafront. The coast rests nearby, with Aberystwyth Beach and harbour bursting with scenery and charm.

Gain access to stunning sea views by travelling up the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway. Or journey up the dramatic and imposing Constitution Hill, a fantastic way to overlook the whole of Aberystwyth Bay. Places to eat in Aberystwyth are plentiful, tending to all sorts of tastes and preferences.

Continue reading through our guide to discover more great things to do in Aberystwyth.

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  • Aberystwyth Castle

    This stunning coastal castle has stood on Castle Point since the 13th century and still proudly dominates the picturesque Abertystwyth coastline.

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  • Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

    Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

    Beginning at Aberystwyth’s charming promenade, the Cliff Railway climbs Constitution Hill, providing unmissable views of Aberystwyth town, Cardigan Bay and if you’re lucky, the series of awe-inspiring peaks running down the spine of Wales.

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    Constitution Hill

    Take the scenic walk or the spectacular Cliff Railway to the top of Constitution Hill; its summit showcases simply phenomenal views of Aberystwyth itself and far beyond.

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  • National Library of Wales

    The grandest library in all of Wales, boasting the country’s largest collection of archives, portraits, maps and photographic images, as well as being home to more than 6.5 million books.

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  • Aberystwyth North Beach Feature

    North Beach

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    Perhaps the livelier of Aberystwyth’s two main beaches, North Beach is lined by a wonderful promenade and looks along the stunning coastline north of the town.

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  • South Beach

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    This stretch of sand and shingle beach runs from Aberystwyth Castle down to the charming harbour, with seasonal lifeguards making this a safe swimming spot for families.

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  • Tan Y Bwlch Beach Feature

    Tan Y Bwlch Beach

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    Tan Y Bwlch Beach lies just south of Aberystwyth, across the banks of Afon Rheidol, offering a stretch of sand and shingle passing the historic Pen Dinas Hill Fort.

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  • Vale of Rheidol Railway

    Experience the rural scenery in which Wales is famed for without having to brave its infamous weather; the Vale of Rheidol Railway has taken tourists through wondrous countryside between Aberystwyth and Devil’s Bridge for over 100 years.

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