LIGHT HISTORY OF ABERYSTWYTH
Aberystwyth (ah-ber-wrist-with) is a small sea-side resort on the western coast of Wales.
The area has had inhabitants since the iron age and the harbour was once the second busiest port in Wales. Constitution Hill, boasts the longest electric cliff railway in Britain.
ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY TRIVIA
Founded 1872, the university was the first institution to offer the study of international politics. NATIONAL LIBRARY OF WALES TRIVIA
Founded in 1907, the Library is entitled to receive a copy of every book published in the U.K. The result is a collection of nearly four million books!
NOT TO MISS
1. Taking the Vale of Rheidol Railway's steam engine train to Devil's BridgeThe Railway is located in the centre of town. If you're driving in, follow the brown train signs to their free car park on Park Avenue / Boulevard St Brieuc (between the Park and Ride site and the Co-Operative Supermarket). Once on the train, it is a lovely 30 minute journey across the hilly Welsh country-side. Once you reach the destination you will have to walk down to Devil's Bridge. Allow yourself 1-3 hours (depending on the time of day and how much walking you are up for), to see the waterfall, walk the trails around Devil's Bridge, and to stop into the local pub for a pint and some food!
To book e-tickets CLICK HERE
2. Constitution Hill known to locals as "Consti". You can either walk up the hill (which is my preference) or if you can also catch the Cliff Railway. Consti Hill offers stunning views of Aberystwyth.
RESTAURANT & BAR RECOMMENDATIONS
Aberystwyth is full of cafes, pubs and restaurants; however, we lived here for sometime and developed a few favorites. I have listed them below, including when to visit and a little bit about what they offer.
Agnelli's (coffee break, lunch and dinner) For wonderful coffee, authentic Italian food, and amazing cannolis, this is the place. The upstairs can get a bit cramped, but there is more seating downstairs.
Baravin (lunch, dinner) If you are keen for dinner with a sunset, Baravin, located on the seafront, offers this plus great cocktails and a solid menu.
Glengower (lunch dinner or a pint) A traditional pub with nice food and with a stunning view of the seafront.
Medina (lunch or dinner) Set in a beautiful, open space with wooden floors and lots of light, Medina does a great spread of mediterean inspired dishes (vegan and gluten free options) as well as lovely coffee and cakes. They are open Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 8.30pm, Saturday 9.30am - 9.30pm. Like most places in Aber, it's closed on Sundays. In the evening the restaurant gets busy so I would suggest making an appointment.
Sophie's (breakfast/brunch) Our absolute favorite place for breakfast on a Sunday (also one of the few places open, though that's not why we go!). The restaurant is small and cosy and located on North Parade, just a few streets from the seafront. As they specialise in breakfast/brunch the menu is comprehensive (including the option for a full English breakfast). There is something for everyone. It opens at 8am and gets busy on the weekend. You you may have to wait for a table, but usually one opens up within 10 minutes (though the staff will tell you longer).
Storehouse (dinner and drinks) located just above Aber's famous, Rummer's pub, Storehouse is owned by the same people, but has more food options and a good selection of cocktails. A night out usually includes a stop at Rummer's (as they often have LIVE music on and a good crowd), but I am not much of a pub drinker so I like The Storehouse because I can walk upstairs and get a nice drink. I've been told their food menu is very good, but I have never tried.
If you like a good game of snooker, the Pier offers a snooker hall that is open until 11pm most nights.
A university town, Aber has dozens of pubs scattered around town
Unless you are already somewhere in Western Wales, the journey to Aberysytwyth will take you at least 3 hours, if not longer. The seaside town is located
By air HERE
By car (with parking advise) HERE
By train from Birmingham, Cardiff, London, Manchester and New Castle HERE. (the bottom of the web-page notes discounts for over 60, under 25 and full-time students)
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