Wales – The Cambrian Coast

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10. Aberystwyth

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The university town of Aberystwyth is probably the livleiest seaside resort in Wales and a relaxed and enjoyable place to visit. Two gentle bays curve between rocky headlands, with Constitution Hill at the north end of the promenade rising sharply from the beach. Take the clanking cliff railway to the top, where you can visit the camera obscura and make use of the cafe, picnic area and telescopes.

South along the promenade is the Ceredigion Museum, with reconstructed cottages, a dairy and a 19th century pharmacy, in the ornate Edwardian music hall, the Coliseum. Continue past the pier to the turrets, friezes and mosaics of the Old College. Originally a villa designed by John Nash, it was later converted into a hotel before being sold to the University of Wales.

Nearby are the ruins of Edward I’s 13th century castle – a good place for a picnic. To the east of the town is the National Library of Wales, which has excellent temporary exhibitions and the World of the Book, a well rounded introduction to the history of the written word and printing in Wales.

Above the National Library is the superb Aberystwyth Arts Centre, which has a programme of temporary exhibitions.

Aberystwyth has a fantastic selection of good restaurants, cafes and pubs to choose from, and events such as Welsh folk music and jazz nights.

Aberystwyth Tourist Information Centre Address:
Aberystwyth Tourist Information Centre
Terrace Rd
SY23 2AG
Wales, UK
Aberystwyth Tourist Information Centre Opening Times:
Tourist Information Centre
July and August, Daily, 10.00 to 6.00 pm
September to June, Monday to Saturday, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm 
Aberystwyth Tourist Information Centre Admission:

T  +44 (0)1970 612125 

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