Mini guide to Aberystwyth
Located in the county of Ceredigion, Aberystwyth is a small town with a population
of only 13,500 people. Originally created as a garrison town to help the Normans
subjugate the local population, it now serves as the administrative centre of
the west coast of Wales and has become a popular spot for tourists and day-trippers
Aberystwyth Castle is perhaps the town's best known and most popular historic
attraction. Built by Llywelyn the Great in the 13th century, this once magnificent
construction was too weak to withstand the plethora of attacks brought against
it and it now stands as a set of proud ruins reflecting its troubled history.
Aberystwyth is a university town with students making up over 50 per cent of
the town's population. Consequently, many amenities are geared towards the younger
generation, however, for visitors of all ages there are attractions such as
the seafront and the Aberystwyth Electric Cliff Railway, as well as a cinema,
museum and golf course.
The town's harbour area is the focal point of leisure and entertainment, attracting
both locals and visitors alike. Within the area are numerous cafés, bars
and restaurants offering a range of options Chinese, Indian, Italian, and Mediterranean
cuisine. There are also a number of typically Welsh pubs throughout the town
offering local dishes and a pleasant social environment.
After you've checked out Aberystwyth Castle you might want to take a trip to
Cilgerran in nearby Pembrokeshire. The castle here, also greatly affected by
the passing of time, has a long and romantic history. The most striking surviving
features of the castle are its powerful twin towers and curtain wall, which
was included as an extra defence for its vulnerable side. Over the years the
castle has been an inspiration to many artists and was one of the country's first tourist attractions.
Aberystwyth sits off junction 49 on the M4 motorway and access can also be gained from the A44 and A487. Rail connections are available from Birmingham station and other destinations direct to Aberystwyth. Swansea Airport is the nearest air connection, with Manchester International Airport being a reasonably close alternative.
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