Aberystwyth is in the middle of the beautiful Ceredigion coastline making it the perfect spot to enjoy a staycation by the sea. Boasting a Victorian promenade, the oldest pier in Wales and incredible views, you’re guaranteed to make special memories here. Interested in visiting Aberystwyth? Keep reading for our guide to the market town!
Located on the west coast of Wales, Aberystwyth is nestled between three hills and two beaches. Surrounded by stunning scenery, there will be plenty for you to discover. A perfect base for exploring the 180 mile Coastal Way, you’ll have access to a golden sandy beach and thriving seafront. There is a wide Victorian promenade where you can relax in the sun and on clear days, you can even see Snowdon in the distance which is the tallest mountain in Wales.
Aberystwyth beach is also home to the oldest pier in Wales. Known as the Royal Pier, it originally opened in 1865 and it’s now shortened version stretches 242 metres into the sea. Today the Royal Pier boasts an arcade, restaurant, a bar, an ice cream parlour and a nightclub so there really is something for everyone. We recommend going at sunset – the views are something else!
The very best views can be seen from the 430ft Constitution Hill at the end of north beach’s promenade. Here you’ll find the world’s biggest Camera Obscura with a bird’s eye view of over 1000 square miles and a 360 degree look around Aberystwyth. You’ll need to hop on the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway, the longest cliff railway in Britain, to reach the Camera Obscura but it’s completely worth it.
If you’re a fan of surfing, Aberystwyth has a mixture of sandy bays and reefs so there are options for all abilities. Keen surfers have been visiting for decades to try out its Harbour Trap on a big swell. If you haven’t surfed before but want to give it a go, AberAdventures provide lessons as well as kayak hire.
Aberystwyth is brimming with independent shops, restaurants and bars. Whether you want gifts, vintage, clothing or art, you’ll certainly find it here. Ideal for all budgets and tastes, the town has lots of different eateries. If you like seafood, we’d recommend Pysgoty which is a gorgeous little fish restaurant overlooking the harbour.
It doesn’t stop there though! You can visit the National Library of Wales during your stay as it’s here in Aberystwyth. If you’re a fan of reading, film and art, this place isn’t to be missed. The library houses historic books, including the smallest book in the world, as well as painting and film exhibitions. Next door you’ll also find Aberystwyth Arts Centre where you can watch dance, music, theatre and comedy plus much more!