Things to do in Aberystwyth

A stunning seaside resort on the western edge of Wales, Aberystwyth has long been a go-to holiday destination thanks to its fantastic scenery, Instagram-worthy beaches and history and heritage which stretches back to the Iron Age.

The best way to see the town is from its arcing coastline which includes the town’s historic pier, its Medieval ruined castle, Constitution Hill and the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway, all of which are a short walk from our Aberystwyth hotel. Nearby you’ll also find the expansive National Library of Wales, home to millions of books, maps and historic photographs. Then there’s the Aberystwyth Arts Centre and the Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum which traces the region’s art, heritage and culture.

But half the joy of visiting Aberystwyth is its location on the edge of the Welsh wilderness. Just half an hour from the town centre you’ll find the Cambrian Mountains, miles of secluded sandy beaches and the Bwlch Nant Yr Arian Forest home to miles of hiking, biking and walking trails. And no trip to Aberystwyth is complete without exploring the magnificent Rheidol Valley, preferably on the century-old steam railway that runs to Devil’s Bridge and back. And when you do come back to Aberystwyth, you’ll find an amazing eating out and nightlife scene spanning street food, cute cafés, fine dining and over 50 pubs.

Proudly Welsh, with a sizeable Welsh-speaking population, Aberystwyth also has a modern edge thanks to the large University population, bringing a youthful energy to its impressive history and heritage.

Show more
Show less

Activities

From the wilds of the Cambrian mountains to the stunning Rheidol Valley and from the seat of all Welsh learning that is the enormous Welsh National Library to Medieval castles and historic railways, Aberystwyth has plenty to keep you occupied during your stay.

Show more
Show less

Entertainment

Aberystwyth might be relatively small, but its entertainment scene packs a punch largely thanks to the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, one of the leading cultural hubs in Wales home to a theatre, cinema, concert hall and more. And no trip to Aberystwyth is complete without a walk along the beach and promenade.

Show more
Show less

Places to eat

Spanning Italian delis, that-day-fresh seafood restaurants, Caribbean-themed hangouts and plenty of Welsh specialities, Aberystwyth’s eating out scene has something for every taste and budget.

Show more
Show less

Nightlife

Whether you’re looking for historic real ale pubs, lively wine, cider and cocktail bars or a dancing den open until nearly dawn on the oldest pier in Wales, Aberystwyth’s nightlife scene is ready and waiting!

Show more
Show less

Shopping

On the southern edge of Aberystwyth’s town centre, Ystwyth Retail Park is a small purpose-built shopping centre home to Peakcocks, Matalan, Brantano and the Co-op. The car park has over 200 spaces with free-parking provided for up to three hours.

Another shopping hot-spot is Market Hall, a refurbished covered market home to 10 independent retailers selling everything from bespoke jewellery to guitars, cakes, paintings and more.

Show more
Show less

Getting Around

Aberystwyth is most easily accessed by car. But, if you aren’t planning on driving, there are a couple of alternative transport methods for getting around the Welsh town.

Aberystwyth Train Station might only have one platform, but it still contains a coffee shop and restaurant, toilets, ticket office and machine while the main station building nearby has been converted into an award-winning Wetherspoons pub. The station runs regular services to Birmingham and Shrewsbury, with connecting services to London, Cardiff, Manchester and Newcastle. The train station is also the terminal for narrow-gauge Vale of Rheidol Railway, a vintage steam engine network that runs for 12 miles to Devil’s Bridge.

Alternatively you can take the National Express coach to and from Aberystwyth. Coaches depart from just outside the train station, and via Cardiff you can travel to major cities and towns in the UK.

Show more
Show less
Shopping in Aberystwyth

Shopping in Aberystwyth

Show more
Show less
Getting around Aberystwyth

Getting around Aberystwyth

Show more
Show less