With high cliffs either side of two long bays, Aberystwyth has a naturally enclosed feel that affords a feeling of safety – even during the worst ravages of the Irish Sea storms. The town itself is a strange mixture of new and old, which seems not to have settled on any particular historic period for its design. The cliff railway still lurches up the incline, as it has done for more than 100 years.
If you fancy a 430foot climb, Constitution Hill rises from the rocky beach to the north of the Promenade. You don’t need to be a walker though as there is a Cliff Railway, that was established in 1896, that still carries passengers to the top. Once a the summit you can enjoy the view as well as have refreshments at the café.
This museum was once the music hall, theatre and cinemas of Aberystwyth. Here you can find out about local geology and history.
School of Art
This large Edwardian building is home to the Universities Art Collection. You will find the public galleries on the ground level. Touring exhibitors are popular with the emphasis being on Welsh art works.
National Library of Wales
This impressive building over looking the township is home to a huge collection of historical Welsh books and manuscripts. The reading rooms are worth a look, as they contain maps, papers, documents, photos and much more. Free guided tours are available on Mondays, however reservations are essential. Penglais Road.
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Located further up Penglais Hill and situated in the middle of the University’s main campus is this modern arts centre. There is plenty to see here, from art to ceramics, designer craft, bookshops, and you can even catch a movie here. The café here provides a great chance to relax and take in the wonderful hill top views.