Aberystwyth has a lot of fantastic places to take your kids. There's the seafront, Aberystwyth Castle, and a range of fun tours and activities including the silver mountain experience and Aberystwyth mystery trail. So if you’re heading to Aberystwyth for a quick weekend escape during term-time, or are planning on spending a couple of weeks here during the summer holidays, there are plenty of things to keep your kids entertained. Here’s a list of the 5 best family-friendly activities in Aberystwyth – so you can ensure your kids will have the time of their lives.
Originally built in 1277 by King Edward 1 during his campaign against the Welsh, Aberystwyth castle today is mostly ruined, although, a few towers remain standing. The castle grounds have been well restored, and today are well-kept lawns and gardens. Standing in the old castle courtyard amongst the ruined towers makes for quite a surreal experience, as you look out across Cardigan bay and imagine how intimidating this vast structure once was.
It’s a great place to take the kids and to teach them a little bit about the history of Wales, and the Norman invasion.
The Vale of Rheidol Railway
During the summertime, Aberystwyth can get a little busy. If you’re a family looking to get away from the hustle and bustle, but don’t want the hassle of arranging transport out of Aberystwyth, the Vale of Rheidol Railway might be just what you’re after. The railway runs from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge and makes stops at many locations along its route. It’s a great way to get out into the fresh air of the lush Welsh countryside without the exertion of going on a hike.
You’ll get to soak in the beauty of ancient woodlands as you travel in a restored steam train through the Rheidol valley. The railway ends at devil’s bridge – a world-famous bridge overlooking cascading waterfalls, nestled in the heart of the Cambrian mountains.
We know how difficult it can sometimes be to get the kids out in nature, and the Vale of Rheidol Railway is a great way to do it.
The silver mountain experience
The silver mountain experience has something for all the family. If you’re interested in history, there are guided tours of old silver and lead mines as well as a mining museum. We know this won’t likely excite the kids – but don’t worry. There are actor-led fantastical shows and tours where your kids will be taken on an adventure through Welsh fantasy and myth.
There’s also the black Chasm, which is touted as ‘Wales’ scariest underground experience’. You’ll journey to the depths of the Cambrian mountains and encounter orcs, amount other terrorizing creatures. This isn’t recommended for nervous kids or those under the age of 12- but it’s a great way to give your teenager an experience they won’t soon forget.
Visit the Seafront
The Aberystwyth seafront is a great place for the whole family to go for a walk and relax. It has some amazing views of the sea and mountains, as well as cafes and restaurants. You can hire bikes from here too and embark on any one of the plentiful cycle routes and hiking trails leading out along the Welsh coast.
Aberystwyth Mystery Treasure Trail
With the Aberystwyth mystery trail, you’ll undertake the role of detective, and be tasked with solving a murder mystery. You’ll unravel a series of clues as you journey through Aberystwyth, uncovering the sights on offer as you unravel a gripping murder mystery.
It’s a great way to get the kids excited about exploring the town. It typically takes around 2 hours to complete and costs £9.99 for a group to enter.
With so many activities to do and beautiful surroundings, Aberystwyth makes an ideal place for a family holiday. We hope this article has inspired you to visit this beautiful town with your children soon!
Looking for somewhere for your family to stay on your next trip to Aberystwyth?
With its range of family king and family suite rooms, Aberystwyth Park Lodge hotel is the perfect place to stay on your next family trip to Aberystwyth. It’s just a short distance from the idyllic promenade, meaning you and your family can enjoy easy access to all the fun activities Aberystwyth has to offer, without having to deal with the liveliness of the promenade. Its in-house restaurant Park Kitchen serves freshly made, locally sourced food, and has a separate kids menus – meaning there’s something on offer for all members of the family.