Entertainment in Aberystwyth

Our Aberystwyth entertainment roundup spans arts, theatre, culture, historic beaches and promenade and the leading art gallery in the region.

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Aberystwyth Arts Centre

One of the largest arts and entertainment hubs in Wales, the Aberystwyth Arts Centre brings together a 300-capacity theatre, a concert hall that can hold 900 guests, a modern cinema and several gallery exhibition spaces as well as a café, bar and shops. Opened in 1970, the centre covers a wide entertainment remit across its various spaces including theatre, live music, drama, dance, stand up comedy, family events, film screenings and more. With events on most days, there’s always something to do or see with regular events including the monthly comedy club and regular live screenings of National Theatre events. The centre is located on the eastern edge of town in the Aberystwyth University Campus.

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Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

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Aberystwyth Beach and Promenade

Aberystwyth Beach and Promenade

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Aberystwyth Beach and Promenade

The heart of Aberystwyth, the Beach and Promenade stretches for several miles encompassing many of the town’s best-known Victorian sights and landmarks and is just a short stroll from our Aberystwyth hotel. The promenade is a popular spot for walkers, joggers, bikers and roller-skaters, with sights to look out for including the Bandstand, which often has a busy summer schedule, a paddling pool area and the 90m-long pier.

First built in 1864, the pier is home to a wide range of entertainment including the Pier Pressure nightclub, a snooker and pool bar, a huge range of arcades, games and amusements, an ice cream stand with over 16 flavours and an indoor dodgems arena. The northern end of the beach and promenade is marked by Constitution Hill, a large headland offering impressive views out to sea and back over Wales which are best seen from the camera obscura. You can either walk up or get the Cliff Railway to the top, and don’t forget to ‘kick the bar’ when you get back down – kicking the tap on the railings near Victoria Terrace is a local institution and has been practised for decades, but no one is 100% clear on its origins!

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School of Art Gallery

Part of the Aberystwyth University, The School of Art Gallery is a public space used to display art from the Uni’s collection. The two galleries are free to enter and exhibitions include fine and decorative art from the 15th century onwards, as well as guest exhibitions and a large ceramic collection.

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