Cliff Railway & Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura Aberystwyth

Constitution Hill Aberystwyth home of the longest Cliff Railway in Britain and the biggest Camera Obscura in the World

You must visit this fascinating attraction and sample the delightful atmosphere of a Victorian pleasure park. Constitution Hill rises dramatically 430 feet from the north end of Aberystwyth promenade.The views from the top are spectacular.

On a clear day you can see 26 Welsh mountain peaks including Snowdon, whilst the view of Cardigan Bay from the Llyn Peninsula to Strumble head extends for 60 miles.

Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

The Aberystwyth Electric Cliff Railway is the longest in Britain and the only one in Wales. Its 778 feet undulating track and tilted carriages are the unique work of Victorian engineer G. Croyden Marks. It opened in 1896 operating on the water balance system but since 1921 a powerful electric motor and 2 high tensile steel cables have hauled the carriages at a stately 4 miles an hour. This gives you time to enjoy the panoramic views as you climb to the summit station and marvel at the Victorians ingenuity.
‘Safe?’ Of course it is!
Four independent braking systems maintained to the highest standards will give you peace of mind.

The Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura

On the summit is the biggest Camera Obscura in the world. The huge 14 inch lens takes a birds eye view of more than 1000 square miles of land and seascape in a 360 degree sweep around Aberystwyth, a view reflected onto the circular screen in the darkened viewing gallery below.

Souvenir Guide:The guide details the fascinating history of Constitution Hill from its early development into the focal point of Mid Wales’ leisure activities to its current status as a ‘must see’ attraction to all visitors to Wales.

Y Consti Restaurant: Our restaurant ‘Y Consti’ provides a breathtaking setting for visitors to enjoy a range of refreshments. The restaurant was designed as a replica of the former Summerhouse Tearooms cafe and funded by a European Union Objective 1 grant.

With a team of experienced waiting staff and respected chefs ‘Y Consti’ is rapidly gaining a reputation for excellence. Whether you simply wish to keep hunger at bay with a freshly made sandwich, or to cool down on a hot summer day with a creamy Welsh ice cream, we can provide a range of snacks and drinks to suit all tastes. For the more hungry visitors the restaurant offers a menu of home-cooked meals at very reasonable prices, with mouth-watering daily specials giving an even greater selection

We are open 7 days a week from mid-March until early November 10am – 5pm.
We also open 5 days a week (Wednesday-Sunday) from November to March from 10am.

If in doubt please contact us to check opening hours. Trains run every few minutes and admission to all summit attractions is FREE OF CHARGE.

Cliff Railway House, Cliff Terrace, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2DN, UK
Telephone: Telephone01970 617642
E Mail: manager@aberystwythcliffrailway.co.uk
Web: www.aberystwythcliffrailway.co.uk

Find out more about Aberystwyth

You can now STAY at Aberystwyth Cliff Railway!

Trotting / Harness Racing

Harness racing Wales

A popular form of horse racing in Ceredigion is harness racing, also known as trotting

The sport involves horses racing at a non-galloping speed driven by men or women balanced on two wheeled sulkies.
Harness racing grew in Wales in the late 19th century, originally involving Welsh cobs which are still still paraded at Cardigan’s annual ‘Barley Saturday’ competing along roads. With the increasing popularity of harness racing, the races were moved to grass tracks and standard bred horses were imported from America to replace the native breeds.
The oldest trotting meet in Wales is in Llangadog which has been held every Easter Monday since 1884. Many events are shown on Welsh language television channel S4C on its programme Rasus.

Ceredigion west Wales is has three venues where you can enjoy harness racing. Tan y Castell, Tregaron and Lampeter. These events make a great day out for the whole family. The tracks are just half a mile so the races are fast and spectators are close to the action.

More Information: facebook.com/tregaron.trotting/

Look out for Equestrian Events Ceredigion Cardigan Bay:

New Quay Honey Farm West Wales

Honey Farm New Quay

Set in an 18th Century chapel on a beautiful farm near New Quay West Wales

Enjoy a fascinating and informative visit to Wales largest working honey farm, where honey and bees wax products of the highest quality are produced and sold.

All weather attraction

  • World of the Honey Bee Exhibition
  • Meadery with exhibition
  • Tropical Ant Colony
  • Shop selling honey products and mead
  • Tearoom
  • Picnic area

A fascinating exhibition showing the unique world of the Honeybee all behind glass in complete safety. Special displays let you see bees at work in a variety of natural habitats producing one of nature’s outstanding marvels.

Plus man made hives that open to reveal the mysteries of the bees’ nest.

The audio visual presentation, photographic displays and other exhibits ensure a fascinating and informative time for visitors of all ages. The helpful and knowledgeable staff are on hand answer your questions.

The Meadery

is a purpose built building with an exhibition of the history and production of Mead (honey wine) the oldest alcoholic drink known to man. Mead was the chief alcoholic drink of the Welsh nation from Roman time until at least 1200 AD. and is celebrated in early welsh poetry. All mead can be tasted in the shop. The varieties made at New Quay are indeed worthy of the praise of the Welsh Poets.

The Tropical Ant colony

Tropical Ant colony is an intriguing exhibition showing how social organisation occurs in insects other than bees and wasps. These ants grow gardens from decaying leaves to feed their young.

Honey Farm Tea Room New Quay Cardigan Bay West WalesThe Tea Room

Housed on the ground floor of the chapel retains much of its 18th century character. It is open all day serving quality snacks, light meals, tea and coffee all at reasonable prices.
You must try the Honey Ice Cream.
There is a picnic area by the stream and duck pond. You can eat your own packed meal or why not buy a picnic from the shop.

New Quay Honey Farm Shop

The shop sells an extensive range of honey from the farm’s hives, beeswax products, and mead.
The Honey produced is of a very high quality due to the abundance of wild flowers and trees that flourish in this unspoilt part of Wales

Please visit the site to explore the full range of Farm Products on the New Quay Honey Farm web site.

How to find the farm

New Quay Honey Farm
Cross Inn, New Quay, Ceredigion, SA44 6NN

Webwww.thehoneyfarm.co.uk 
FaceBook: thehoneyfarm
E Mailinfo@thehoneyfarm.co.uk

Find out more about New Quay and New Quay Beaches.

Vale of Rheidol Railway Aberystwyth

Vale Rheidol steam railway

An unforgettable train journey through the spectacular Rheidol Valley to Devils Bridge by narrow gauge steam train.

The last steam railway owned by British Rail is still running and you can enjoy the journey experienced by many thousands of passengers since it opened in 1902. Some History
The railway was built in 1902 to serve the lead mines, timber and passenger traffic of the Rheidol valley.
To save cost and in deference to the hostile terrain with its many sharp curves and steep gradients, the railway was built of a narrower track gauge (1′ 113/4″) than the standard.
The engines and carriages now used were built by The Great Western Railway between 1923 and 1938 and have been fully restored to their former glory. The railway was taken into private ownership in 1989.

Some History of the Railway

ticket-office
The railway was built in 1902 to serve the lead mines, timber and passenger traffic of the Rheidol valley.
To save cost and in deference to the hostile terrain with its many sharp curves and steep gradients, the railway was built of a narrower track gauge (1′ 113/4″) than the standard.
The engines and carriages now used were built by The Great Western Railway between 1923 and 1938 and have been fully restored to their former glory. The railway was taken into private ownership in 1989.

During the last ten years the railway has undergone a complete renovation with full restoration of the engines, carriages and track. Spectacular views, some not seen for many decades have been opened up. So if you have been a passenger before it may well be time for another trip

The original carriages used on the railway were not designed to carry wheelchairs and therefore access at present is only possible if wheelchair users can climb two steps from the platform into the carriage. An access statement is available on request.

Vale of Rheidol trains depart from the centre of the town of Aberystwyth on the Cambrian coast. The railway is adjacent to the British Rail Station.
Postcode for SatNav: SY23 1PG

Vale of Rheidol Railway,
Park Avenue,
Aberystwyth,
Cardiganshire,
SY23 1PG

Telephone: Telephone01970 625819
E Mailvor@rheidolrailway.co.uk
Webwww.rheidolrailway.co.uk

The Great Little Trains of Wales are a very special way of seeing some of the best scenery in the British Isles and this year a new discount card costing £10 will be available, entitling the holder to a 20% discount for a return trip on each of the following 9 railways:

Ffestiniog Railway – Porthmadog
Welsh Highland Railway – Porthmadog
Talyllyn Railway – Tywyn
Bala Lake Railway
Vale of Rheidol Railway – Aberystwyth
Brecon Mountain Railway – Merthyr Tydfil
Welshpool & Llanfair Railway

Each card is valid for 12 months from the date the first journey is made; the cardholder can also take advantage of discounts that have been arranged with selected accommodation providers close to many of the railways. Please check details on website we are not responsible for external links or information on this site.

For further details please visit the GLTW website www.greatlittletrainsofwales.co.uk

Web: www.rheidolrailway.co.uk

Find out more about Aberystwyth

Gardens of Cardigan Bay West Wales

caehir gardens wales

West Wales has a superb range of gardens and nurseries for you to visit.

Experienced horticulturists, expert gardeners and those who just delight in visiting beautiful gardens, will all find plenty to see, and enjoy. Many of the gardens specialise in particular plants so there is a great opportunity to find some unusual specimens for your own garden. All the garden owners are great enthusiasts and delight in sharing their knowledge and experiences with you.

Garden and Plant Sale Events

If you are visiting The National Botanical Gardens or Aberglassney, The Garden Lost in Time, why not stay on the coast around Cardigan Bay. Enjoy the natural delights of this peaceful, un-crowded area.

Cae Hir is a very special Ornamental Garden not to be missed when you visit Lampeter.
Stay in first class accommodation set in delightful grounds and gardens.

For full information on the gardens listed above including opening times and facilities see The National Garden Scheme website www.ngs.org.uk

 

Centre for Alternative Technology CAT

Centre for Alternative Technology CAT

Europe’s leading Eco-centre

Set against the backdrop of beautiful Snowdonia, this unique visitor attraction is guaranteed to entertain, inform and fascinate all the members of your family.

Lifted up by ‘the water-balanced’ cliff railway with its breathtaking views visitors arrive at our 7 acre display gardens, crammed with exhibitions displays and information.

Whether you want learn all about the environment, how to save energy and money in your home or just enjoy the gardens, shops and the excellent vegetarian restaurant it will be an experience to treasure and remember.

The Centre for Alternative Technology is concerned with presenting solutions to environmental problems, rather than the doom and gloom view, we take a positive and uplifting approach, demonstrating all kinds of environmental technologies in an interesting and informative way. The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) was founded in 1973 on the site of the disused Llwyngwern slate quarry near Machynlleth, in Mid Wales and has evolved into Mid Wales’ most unique and popular visitor attraction.

Please visit www.cat.org.uk for details on day visits, our residential courses and for lots of useful environmental information and contacts.

Boat Trips and Dolphin Watching

New Quay Boat Trips

Sail from New Quay to see the Dolphins, porpoise, seals and other fascinating marine life along the Cardigan Bay Heritage Coast.

For Half Term from the 11th to 21st February one hour boat trips on the Dreamcatcher. There is only space for 12 people on each trip so please book now to avoid disappointment.

Dolphin spotting on the Dreamcatcher New Quay
Let Winston Evans Boat Trips of New Quay West Wales share with you the breathtaking delights of a cruise along the Cardigan Bay Marine Heritage Coast. Our coastal waters are home to an abundance of fascinating marine life including one of only two resident populations of Bottlenose Dolphins in the UK – 250 identified in Cardigan Bay.

New Quay Boat Trip Ticket Office

You can choose either a one or a two hour cruise – both daily daily from the main New Quay pier
The Ermol VI [1 hour cruise] The boat trip passes Birds Rock, The Caves, Cwmtydu and Seals Bay.
The Ermol V [2 hour cruise] The boat trip passes Birds Rock, The Caves, Cwmtydu and Seals Bay and as far as the beautiful peninsula of Ynys Lochtyn.

DolphinsPorpoise and Seals are wild and as such cannot be guaranteed on every trip. However, when encountered, the skipper of your boat will slow down [or stop] to allow the best possible view without causing disturbance to the animals in line with the Marine Heritage Coast guidelines. When dolphins are encountered any stop time will result in the boats not travelling as far down the coast as advertised.

Yns-Enilliin boat Cardigan Bay

Winston Evans started crewing for his father on the Yns-Enilliin in the late 1950’s. We have over forty years experience in carrying passengers from the beach at New Quay.

As always safety is our number one concern.

Our vessels are fully licensed by the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency and our experienced skippers are fully qualified boat masters. Conforming to the Maritime Safety Agency regulations we carry full lifesaving and emergency apparatus and all our passengers are fully insured.

Don’t miss this fascinating experience. We look forward to welcoming you aboard. Our experienced crew will answer all your questions about the Ceredigion Marine Heritage Coast. Boats Run April to October. Please wear suitable warm clothing in case the sun goes in, and remember sun protection is advised when out on the sea.

Due to social distancing we are running at a reduced capacity so please book in advance, you can book online – details below.

Fares Adult Child
1 hour – Ermol VI *£15.00 £10.00
1 hour – Ermol V *£15.00 £10.00
*Adults 16 and over

10% discount when booking 10 adults or more

To book a trip:
Call us at New Quay Pier Telephone: Telephone01545 560 800
After hours Telephone: Telephone01545 560 375
Tickets and Boarding at Main Pier New Quay
E mail: info@newquayboattrips.co.uk
Web: www.newquayboattrips.co.uk Find out more about New Quay and New Quay Beaches.

Foxglove

Foxglove

Common Name: Foxglove

Latin NameDigitalis purpurea

Description: Tall, sometimes over 2 metres

Season: summer

Colour: Purple

More Information: The scientific name means ‘finger-like’ and refers to the shape of the flowers which fit onto the ends of your fingers, like finger gloves.

Location: Often found in the banks along the sides of lanes

Common Spotted Orchid

Common Spotted Orchid - Wild Flowers of Wales

Common Name: Common Spotted Orchid

Latin NameDactylorhiza fuchsii

Description: Beautiful short but sturdy flower

Season: summer

Colour: pale pink

More Information: Thank you for the response now have the flower identified and common spotted orchid.

Location: Photographed in the sand dunes behind Poppit Sands

Campion

red-campion

Common Name: Campion

Latin Name: Melandrum rubrium

Description: Deep pink flowers 20mm across with notched petals and soft hairy leaves and stem.

Season: Spring and Summer

Colour: Pink

More Information:

Location: Roadside and footpaths, just about anywhere that grass has not been cut back in spring.

Wild Garlic

Wild garlic Wales

Common Name: Wild Garlic

Latin NameAllium ursinum

Description: Star like white flowers with distinct garlic scent from leaves and flowers. The leaves are thick and smooth.

Season: spring

Colour: white

More Information: Also called broad-leaved garlic and wood garlic. You can eat wild garlic leaves in salads or boiled as a vegetable for soup, also as a substitute for basil. There is a lovely article in the Guardian about wild Garlic in Ceredigion with lots of extra images.

Location: Woodland and river banks. The flowers above were photographed in the woods, inland from Cwmtydu

Primroses

Wild Primroses Wales

Common Name: Wild primroses
Latin Name: Primula vulgaris

Description: Perennial growing 10–30 cm tall, with a basal rosette of leaves which are more-or-less evergreen in favoured habitats on Welsh roadsides.

Season: Spring

Colour: Pale Yellow

More Information: The primrose is one of the earliest spring flowers

Location: Along roadsides and lanes and prolific along the river Teifi

Sarah Hope

Portrait artist Sarah Hope

Portrait artist Sarah Hope will be recognised by many from her appearances on Sky Portrait Artist of the Year. She works from her studio in Newport Pembrokeshire on both commissions and original paintings and drawings.

Location: Lower Saint Mary Street, Newport, Pembs Tel: 01239 820469 Email: info@artist-sarah-hope.co.uk Web: www.artist-sarah-hope.co.uk

Dawn’s Happy Paintings

Dawn's Happy Paintings

Original Artwork & Hand Painted Cards for all Occasions. Gallery in idyllic rural setting. My intention is to provide a little bit of happiness and put a smile on your face. Open Saturday & Sunday afternoon throughout the year. Usually open all week, please check with us before calling.
Location: Tynant Uchaf, Bethania, Llanon, SY23 5NJ Tel: 01974 272316 Email: tynantuchaf@gmail.com Web: www.tynantuchaf.com/paintings

Landscape Paintings and Prints

Chris Chalk artist

Chris Chalk lives and works as a professional landscape artist in Pembrokeshire. Using oils, Chris paints a wide variety of subject matter, including portraits and wildlife, however his main focus and passion is the beautiful Welsh countryside.

Location: Heol Ty Newydd Cilgerran Pembrokeshire SA43 2RT Tel: 01239 615865 Email: chrischalkart@gmail.com Web: www.chrischalkart.com

Howi Steed

artist Howi Steed

Seascapes from locations along the Pembrokeshire and Gower coasts, and a new scene is added whenever I return from a painting trip

Location: Newport Collective Gallery Pembrokeshire SA42 0SY Email: Howi@Steed.gallery Web: www.steed.gallery

The Plwmp Tart

The Plwmp Tart

Location: Penbryn Beach National Trust Car Park.
The Plwmp Tart [pronounced the Plump Tart] is a little cafe housed in the old farm cart house just a few minutes walk from the glorious sandy beach of Penbryn. Serving light lunches, homemade cakes and pastries, great coffee and Welsh ice-cream. Friendly, relaxed atmosphere with all welcome ( including your four legged friends!) Open Easter – October and some dates out of season, check the Facebook page for more info.
Tel: Telephone01239 758100 Email: annabel.joseph@googlemail.com Web: www.facebook.com/The-Plwmp-Tart-Penbryn-Beach
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Captains Rendezvous

The Captains Rendezvous

Location: Church Street, New Quay SA45 9NT
The Captains Rendezvous is a Welsh family run traditional Fish and Chip shop in New Quay overlooking Cardigan Bay. They have an extensive menu which includes a selection of homemade products, cooked to order to tempt your taste-buds. Takeaway facilities or alternatively you can join them in the cafe to enjoy your meal and overlook the bay and maybe catch a glimpse of a dolphin or two! There is a small Gluten free menu which is available on request. Open daily during peak season from 12.00 (noon) until 9pm. Off peak our hours will be reduced
Tel: Telephone01545 560507 Email: ycaban126@gmail.com Web: facebook.com/TheCaptainsRendezvous
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PizzaTipi

Pizzatipi

Location: Cambrian Quay, Cardigan, West Wales, SA43 1EZ
Just across from Cardigan Castle, below The Grosvenor. Pass under the archway to discover Cardigan’s hidden treat. Mostly outdoors, though some shelter under the tipi, this is a lovely spot to enjoy some low key music and delicious pizzas cooked on a wood fired oven and delicious fresh salad beside the Teifi. Perfect relaxing spot to enjoy a super sweet flapjack or chocolate brownie with your morning coffee. Closed in the winter.
Tel: Telephone01239 623633 Email: pizzatipi@coldatnight.co.uk Web: www.pizzatipi.co.uk/  pizzatipi.square.site/
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Harbourmaster Aberaeron

Harbourmaster Aberaeron

Location: Aberaeron Harbour
The Guardian December 19, 2009 50 Favourite Festive Pubs tells you all you need to know about this excellent restaurant – The Harbour Master. Malcolm Gluck, wine critic…”It takes dedication to get here, I recently returned from a weekend stay – it is also a hotel….Its secret? Owners Glyn and Menna Heulyn see it as an extension of their family. Indeed the place – and its chattering, pretension-loathing locals – are family. The beers (numerous) are local, the food is local, the staff are local and the weather local.
Tel: Telephone01545 570755 Email: info@harbour-master.com Web:www.harbour-master.com/
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Food for Thought

Food for Thought Cafe Cardigan

Location: 13 Pendre Cardigan High Street
A deservedly popular cafe at the top of Cardigan high street a few doors before the turning down to The Mwldan. Great value for lunch and a comfy spot for morning coffee or afternoon tea. The sofas eat you up, the armchairs in the window are perfect for watching the lively high street. Try the cakes and you are sure to keep coming back.
Tel: Telephone01239 621863 Web: www.facebook.com/Food-For-Thought
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Crwst

crwst

Location: Priory StSA43 1BU Cardigan
Cafe and deli with freshly baked goodies. Great for a coffee or brunch. Winners of  ‘Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year South West Wales’ 2019! Sun: 10 – 14.00 | Mon – Thu: 8.30 – 4.30 |  Fri – Sat : 8.30 – late.

Look out for evening openings on the website.
Tel: Telephone01239 611278 Email: contact@crwst.cymru Web: www.crwst.cymru/
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Coach House Cafe

Coach House Cafe St.Dogmaels Abbey

Location: Located at the entrance to St Dogmaels Abbey in St Dogmaels
The Coach House is a great friendly place for breakfast, a light lunch, or lovely afternoon tea. On sunny days, sitting outside with a great view of the abbey is a particularly relaxed experience. Fully licensed with selection of wines and locally brewed beers and ciders.
Tel: Telephone01239 615389 Email: info@stdogmaelsabbey.org.uk Web www.stdogmaelsabbey.org.uk
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Abduls Tandoori

abduls Cardigan

Location: Royal Oak, Quay Street, Cardigan
Excellent and very friendly restaurant with authentic Indian cuisine. Very extensive menu, don’t miss out on the delicious Peshwari Naan bread. Bring your own alcohol, or choose from non alcoholic beer or soft drinks including a range of Lassi [yogurt, water, spices and sometimes fruit].
Tel: Telephone01239 621416 Email: amosabbir@yahoo.com Web: www.abdulstandoorispice.net
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