Things to do in Aberystwyth

If you’re thinking of booking a hotel in Aberystwyth with us, then now's the perfect time to check out all the best things to do in this scenic Welsh town. Start your trip by visiting top entertainment in Aberystwyth like the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, and enjoy top activities in Aberystwyth like riding the Vale of Rheidol Railway. Get a taste of Welsh culture with a visit to Aberystwyth Castle and the National Library of Wales, before riding the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway up to Constitution Hill and soaking up the views of Cardigan Bay. Find some of the best places to eat in Aberystwyth to refuel for the rest of the day, and then enjoy fun days out with the kids in Aberystwyth with family activities at The Silver Mountain Experience or by relaxing on an Aberystwyth beach. You won't want to miss out on all the best things to do including Aberystwyth’s nightlife, so check out our guides and start planning your coastal getaway. Our friendly teams and comfy Hypnos beds look forward to welcoming you soon. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Shopping in Aberystwyth

Shopping in Aberystwyth

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Getting around Aberystwyth

Getting around Aberystwyth

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