Weekend Breaks to Aberystwyth
Planning a short break to Aberystwyth? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Aberystwyth. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Aberystwyth. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in Aberystwyth on a Short Break
Local meat, game and fish are made into hearty roasts and pies at this simple little bistro. Good French house wine and organically grown vegetables add to this bistros specialty in local dishes and appeal to the young adult market.
Although quite homely, this bistro has huge appeal, so reservations are advised.
7St. James Sq. 0970/617164
Far different from the hugely popular hotel in the United States of the same name. This family-run hotel and restaurant, situated in the town center, has a relaxed atmosphere and incredibly friendly staff. The restaurant serves high quality meals at decent prices, while the rooms are simple, spacious and beautifully decorated. 50-54 Portland St.
At the southern end of the bay are the grey-stoned ruins of the castle which was constructed in 1277 and re-built by Edward I in 1282, only to fall to Owah Glyndwr, the Welsh leader, in 1404. It later became a mint using silver from the surrounding hills. Today it is a romantic ruin, which divides the harbor and north shores, with magnificent views of the coastline and hills.
Right off Penglasis Road, open Monday to Saturday with no admission fee, is the National Library of Wales. Inside is a manuscript of the Canterbury Tales to which has been attributed the honor of being one of the oldest surviving copies in the world. Also contained within is almost every book written in Welsh, or which has something to do with Wales.
This is the ideal vacation spot edged by a charming beach front and promenade which remain much as they were in the Victorian Era. The promenade contains a bandstand and the Kings Hall, which in the past and still today is used on fine summer evenings to host local shows, plays and music.
At Aberystwyth Station take the hour long steam train trip, the Vale of Rheidol Railway, to Devils Bridge. Here is where the rivers Mynach and Rheidol join to form a series of waterfalls which can be only described as spectacular. The Devils Bridge is in fact the lowest bridge at the end of a downward trail, but unless you are sure-footed the walk is not recommended.
A zigzag cliff path up Constitution Hill, for those who like energetic nature trails, offers a stunning view from the top, although it is more enjoyable using the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway to reach it. Opened in 1896, this Victorian looking electric railway is the longest in Great Brittan. It takes you up 430 feet to the summit.
A Huge 35cm lens at the top of Constitution Hill gives you a birds eye view over the whole of Cardigan Bay and also 26 of the local Welsh mountain peaks. With more than 1600 square kilometers of sea and scenery, you arent likely to find better views of Aberystwyth and surround anywhere.
Housed above the British Rail Station in Terrace Road is the awesome privately owned collection called Aberystwyth Yesterday. It has on display numerous furniture items, toys, photographs and fashions from the 19th-century. Also stop at the Ceredigion Museum, just down the street, in an old theatre. On show there are local history items and coins which were minted at the Castle.
Not to be confused with the original 19th century university built on the seafront. This modern university campus is built on the hill above town and is open to the general public.
This artistic hub with a theatre, concert hall, galleries and plenty of craft stores, is another must see destination.
Hafod Estate near Aberystwyth
In the late eighteenth century, the Hafod Estate was designed in 'Picturesque' style by Thomas Johnes (1748-1816) and became an essential destination for visitors touring Wales in search of 'wild nature'. The paths, views, gardens and mansion were subject of numerous contemporary accounts, most notably George Cumberland's 'An Attempt to Describe Hafod' (1796; re-published by the Hafod Trust 1996). Today the mansion has gone and Hafod lies within a working forest. Managed by Forestry Commission Wales, in partnership with the Hafod Trust, the estate is managed to conserve and restore the historic landscape, protect its important habitats, and provide access and enjoyment for walkers by recreating Johnes's path network. Entry to the Hafod Estate and Car Park is Free of Charge- for further information contact 01974 282581
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