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Aberystwyth Cardigan Bay

Aberystwyth Harbour Aberystwyth ©Jane Baxter

Aberystwyth is the culture capital of Wales. Home to The National Library, [below] University and the excellent Arts Centre[right] with its concert hall, cinema, large exhibition space, plus a great café and design shop.

Ceredigion Museum housed in the delightful Edwardian Coliseum Music Hall has permanent displays focusing on agriculture seafaring and lead mining. Plus temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

Being a University town, Aberystwyth is full of cafes, bars, eating places and a wide range of specialist shops. There are Market Halls at the top of Great Darkgate which expand into the street every Wednesday and Saturday, and a Farmers Market is held on the third Friday of the month - exact dates are on our events pages.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
The promenade at Aberystwyth

The Worlds Longest and Largest

Why not take a stroll along the Victorian promenade [left] to Constitution Hill.

Ride the Cliff railway to the top then enjoy the fantastic views and refreshments in the café.

Wherever you are in Aberystwyth look up and you cannot miss Constitution Hill with the longest cliff railway in the world. And housed at its peak the Worlds largest Camera Obscura

History of Aberystwyth

The history of modern Aberystwyth started in 1277 with the granting of a Royal Charter and the building of the castle
on the current site.

Aberystwyth castle was partly destroyed on the orders of Cromwell after the New Model army defeated The Royalists in 1654.

Stone from the castle was used for building in the town.

Visit the castle ruins at the southern end of Aberystwyth for a dramatic view overlooking Cardigan Bay.

Aberystwyth Castle

National Library of Wales


The National Library at Aberystwyth is really the starting point for those researching their Welsh family History. The Library contains extensive records covering all Wales to help establish your family history. For more information visit


Parking is easy and Aberystwyth Railway Station, in the middle of town, has a regular service from Birmingham. See the Travel section on this site for full details on how to get to Aberystwyth.

Upcoming Events in and around Aberystwyth

International Ceramics Festival

International Ceramics Festival Friday 30th June 2017 - Sunday 2nd July Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Demonstration by Sabine Classen The International Ceramics Festival is a fantastic event held at the Arts Centre which attracts about 1000 people who attend a jam-packed programme of lectures, practical demonstrations, special exhibitions, spectacular firings and trade stalls, over the weekend. Since it began in 1987 it has grown to become the UK’s leading ceramics event, offering teachers, students, ceramic artists, collectors, working potters and amateurs the chance to meet and study the work of distinguished, internationally known potters and ceramicists from Wales, the UK and around the world. The trade stalls and exhibitions are open to the general public throughout the weekend, so everyone is welcome! There will also be community hands-on activities which everyone can take part in. For more details visit The International Ceramics Festival is organised by Aberystwyth Arts Centre and North and South Wales Potters Associations.

Aberystwyth Cycle Festival

Aberystwyth Cycle Festival Monday 22nd May 2017 - Tuesday 30th May Location: Aberystwyth

A celebration of cycling in Mid Wales, including town centre criterium racing, downhill mountain biking and a mass participation ride - the Continental Welsh Wild West Sportive, covering all the best roads in Ceredigion. Aberystwyth Cycle Festival brings you the televised 'Tour Series' professional race to the famous promenade as the flagship event of the festival. With some of Britain’s top cyclists making a rare appearance in Mid Wales, festival visitors can watch the all the on & off road action and also experience the beautiful and undiscovered lanes of Ceredigion on their own bikes.

Accommodation around Aberystwyth and Borth