Hotels in Aberystwyth, Wales
Where to Stay in Aberystwyth
Already a booming holiday resort town during the reign of Queen Victoria, Aberystwyth is a remote town on the west coast of Wales overlooking the curved shores of Cardigan Bay and framed by hills dotted with Iron Age ruins. The seafront is a delightful palette of pastel-coloured Victorian and Edwardian buildings protected by a wide promenade from the tempests of the Irish Sea. Aberystwyth also hosts a robust college population of 7,000 and is home to the century-old National Library of Wales.
The two-kilometre Promenade, where you can pick out the best accommodation in Aberystwyth, Wales is easily the focal point of outdoor activity and leisure, and provides a seamless transition to exploring the compact city on foot or bicycle. Escape bucket-and-spade brigades when they colonize the beach in summer by taking a cliff railway to the top of Constitution Hill and familiarizing Aberystwyth landmarks from Victoria Terrace, or 'kick the bar' like a local in the shadow of the hill lined with traditional taps.
Things to do in Aberystwyth
Perhaps a more active walking tour of the town is more to your liking. This 4-kilometre trail brings you to Ceredigion Museum, the Royal Pier and the 13th century Aberystwyth Castle. Like most British castles, Aberystwyth's alternated as a stronghold, prison and mint, and was luckily saved from a 17th century demolition order. Today, it affords unimpeded views of Cardigan Bay and provides a bustling play area for young visitors. Several hotels in Aberystwyth, Wales are in the vicinity of the castle.
To the northeast is Parc Penglais from where you can view the town anytime of the year, albeit spring and summer see plenty of locals coming for birding and hiking in the beech woods.
Daytrips from Aberystwyth
Not 20 minutes north of the Promenade is another slice of nature popular to surfers and beach campers. The laidback village of Borth and its sandy and shingled beach is jam-packed with sun-loving locals come summer, and its ancient submerged forest and miniature zoo are thronged with eager hikers and wide-eyed kids. A sea-facing bed and breakfast in Aberystwyth, Wales Marine Terrace makes an excellent base to be closer to Borth.
In the opposite direction lies the ruins of Strata Florida ("vale of flowers") Abbey completed in late 13th century and considered one of Wales' most important ancient sites. Two centuries earlier the Cistercian monks of the valley built what was to become the "Devil's Bridge" whose slate-grey remains hide an intriguing folklore. Find out why it was so named by boarding a steam train to the Vale of Rheidol whose terminus is nearby. The bridge is surrounded by Mynach River, its namesake falls and woodlands.