Things to do in and around Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth is surrounded by glorious Welsh countryside providing a varied range of routes, perfect for the avid cyclist.
The Ystwyth Cycle Trail is a 34km river valley trail from Aberystwyth to Tregaron which follows sections of the old Great Western Railway line. Suitable for experienced cyclists can follow the entire 20 mile route while sections offer easy cycling for families.
The Rheidol Cycle Trail is a 28km cycling route from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge. The trail goes along designated cycle paths and quiet country lanes following the river Rheidol.
Perfect for experienced mountain bikers situated north of Aberystwyth in Machynlleth there are three trails including the Raw Dyfi Enduro that includes compressions and whoops, rock slab drop offs and some beautiful flowing turns over a 15km circuit.
Bwlch Nant Yr Arian, east of Aberystwyth, sits high on the Cambrian Mountains. Perfect for those who like their riding rugged. There are mountain climbs, river crossings and rocky descents.
Take advantage of the Belle Vue Royal Hotel’s seafront location and take a walk along the Victorian promenade. Make sure you kick the bars at the top of North Beach and bottom of South Beach for good luck!
You can take a coastal walk to Borth, a path runs from the top of Constitution Hill through Clarach and to the coastal resort of Borth. A pleasant 8km walk if you don’t mind one or two hills along the way. The walk itself takes around 2 hours, if you are walking the one way only you can complete the circuit by taking the train or number 512 bus.
12 miles from Aberystwyth is the world famous Devil's Bridge Falls. Surrounded by spectacular countryside and 300ft waterfalls, walk through the peaceful wooded gorge taking care as you descend Jacob’s Ladder which is a set of 100 continuous steps. The walk takes about 45 minutes.
Situated overlooking Cardigan Bay is the Aberystwyth Golf Club. A course designed by six times Open Champion Harry Vardon, which is his most spectacular in terms of views. The course is 6119 yards, Par 70 will provide an enjoyable game of golf for all abilities.
Arguably the oldest golf course in Wales, Borth and Ynyslas Golf Club, situated a 10 minute drive north of Aberystwyth. Set on the sweep of Cardigan Bay and established in 1885, the traditional links close was redesigned by Harry S Colt in 1945 which provides a great test to golfers all year round.
Penrhos Golf Club described as ‘One of those best kept secrets’. Launched in 1991 the course overlooks Welsh Valleys and Cardigan Bay. Known to be of high quality and challenging to all golfers. You will also find a 9 hole golf course and a floodlit driving range, which is the only driving range in Mid Wales.
If you would like us to arrange tee off times we are happy to assist guests in the organisation and contact local golf clubs.
23 miles south of Aberystwyth is New Quay which offers a wide range of watersport activities. Suitable for 8 years old+ you can Kayak, Paddleboard, Sail, Windsurf and partake in Powerboat Training.
The sessions are run through Cardigan Bay Watersports, information can be found at the hotel or online.
For a small coastal town there is plenty to see and do in Aberystwyth. Visit Aberystwyth Castle's thirteenth-century ruins. Situated near the castle is a popular children’s playground, picnic areas, putting green and a crazy golf course.
Ceredigion Museum which is housed in the old Coliseum Theatre, showcases the history of Aberystwyth and the county of Ceredigion. As well as the permanent collections, there are regularly temporary exhibitions on a range of topics, the gallery displays touring exhibitions and local works. Admission is free for the museum.
The National Library of Wales is one of the copyright libraries of the United Kingdom. Housing vast archives, as well as galleries and displays for visitors. The Library was founded in 1907 and is entitled to receive a copy of every book published in the UK.
Unmissable on the Aberystwyth sea front is Constitution Hill as it towers over the northern end of the promenade. One of the longest cliff railways in Britain at almost 240 meters, as you ascend to the top a stunning view of the town and bay is revealed.