Must do in and around Aberystwyth Wedged between Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains, Aberystwyth is a lively university town with an independent spirit and bags of atmosphere. A Take the Cliff Railway Cliff Railway in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion by Paula J James For a quirky, vintage experience, climb the steep Constitution Hill at the north end of town aboard Aberystwyth’s 1896 electric funicular railway, the longest in Britain. At the summit is an octagonal camera obscura, the biggest in the world, with views of the town, mountains and bays. B Old College Old College in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion by Paula J James This fanciful Victorian Gothic building doesn’t exactly blend into its seafront surroundings, but Aberystwyth loves it all the same. After a brief spell as a hotel, it became University College Wales in the late 1800s and still belongs to the university today. With its towers, turrets and crenellations, it’s more like a castle than the castle itself. C Aberystwyth Castle Aberystwyth Castle, Ceredigion by Rod There’s not much left of this once formidable coastal castle, founded in 1277 by Edward I and used by Owain Glyndŵr as a revolutionary base in 1404. Nonetheless, it’s an evocative site, with a concentric layout and a chunky west gatehouse. D Stroll along the seafront Aberystwyth Promenade, Ceredigion by Craig Goodwin Aberystwyth’s promenades and pebbly beaches are a great place to enjoy the fresh air. All along the gentle curving seafront, Victorian and Edwardian terraces look west over Cardigan Bay. Imagine the sunsets they’ve seen. E National Library of Wales National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion This copyright library has a mind bogglingly large collection, including rare Welsh manuscripts. It’s adjacent to the prestigious university, which has quite a few libraries of its own. No wonder Aberystwyth is said to be the town with the world’s highest ratio of books to people. F Aberystwyth Arts Centre Aberystwyth Art Centre, Ceredigion by Ross Evans Thanks in no small part to the lively programme of drama, dance, music, film and visual arts events organised by this multi-disciplinary arts centre, the largest in Wales, Aberystwyth has real cultural clout. The attractive, modern surroundings make it a nice spot for a coffee and a chat, too. G Aberystwyth School of Art Gallery Housed in a fine Edwardian building, the Aberystwyth University art department hosts small but exciting public exhibitions of Welsh art and conserves a large collection of decorative art and artefacts, particularly ceramics. It’s totally free to visit. H Vale of Rheidol Railway Vale of Rheidol Railway, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion by The narrow gauge line which once carried timber and ore down the tricky, twisty route to Aberystwyth harbour is now one of Wales’ most picturesque vintage railways. It takes an hour to travel the 12 miles to Devil’s Bridge, with wonderful scenery on the way. You can hire audio tour handsets with built-in GPS at the ticket office. I Devil's Bridge Devil's Bridge, Ceredigion by Caroline Ramsden At this favourite woodland beauty spot, the River Mynach tumbles down through a deep gorge to join the fast-flowing River Rheidol, creating a series of lively cascades. To make an outing of it from Aber, you could hop aboard a steam train for the trip along the Vale of Rheidol, or follow the 18-mile Rheidol Cycle Trail via paths and country lanes. J Bwlch Nant yr Arian Bwlch Nant Yr Arian, Ceredigion by David Jones This forest park, around 11 miles east of Aberystwyth, is one of the best places in Wales to see red kites. These magnificent birds swoop in each afternoon to be fed, as part of a long running conservation programme. The visitor centre has a café, enjoyable walks and superb mountain biking trails. Find out more about holidays and breaks in Mid Wales. Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Jaguar on the prowl A fleet of legendary Jaguar sport cars retraces a Welsh route that made motoring history Holy places in Mid Wales Your guide to a showcase of some of the best places to experience our faith heritage in Mid Wales. Holy places in Mid Wales Your guide to a showcase of some of the best places to experience our faith heritage in Mid Wales. Wild days in Mid Wales Woodlands burst with colour while ospreys and dolphins lead a star cast of spring & summer wildlife. Fall for Mid Wales The temperate rainforests of Mid Wales are a golden haven for wildlife as the nights draw in. Wales' must-ride trails From riverside rides to thrilling forest trails, Wales is a great place to bring your bike.