There’s so much to do in Aberystwyth that you might be wondering where to start. That’s why we’ve put together this 4-day itinerary packed with the best things to see, eat, and do when you visit Aberystwyth. Whether you’re heading here for the first time, or are a frequent visitor, there are plenty of amazing activities to enjoy and sights to discover in this beautiful coastal town. Read on to discover why Aberystwyth has such a great reputation, and how you can make the most out of your visit.
Day 1: - Getting your bearings
When you first arrive, we recommend you take a stroll across Aberystwyth’s Victorian promenade. You’ll be greeted by Aberystwyth’s colourful buildings and expansive coastal vistas – setting the tone for the rest of your time in Aberystwyth. On your first day, we recommend you pay a visit to Aberystwyth’s Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum. It’s set in an old Edwardian theatre and houses works that explore and reflect the heritage, culture, and art of the area. It’s located right in the heart of Aberystwyth, just a short distance from the seafront, so it’s no hassle to pop in and have a look!
When you get hungry, we recommend you try little Italy: an authentic Italian restaurant, and Aberystwyth’s highest-rated restaurant on TripAdvisor.com. They serve a delicious range of pizza, pasta, and everything else you’d expect from an Italian restaurant.
Day 2: - Explore Wales’s capital of learning
Aberystwyth has a rich heritage as a centre for learning; it’s a university town and is home to Wales’ oldest university: Aberystwyth University. The campus is just a short walk from the centre of town (roughly 20 minutes) and so it’s easily accessible on foot. It’s well worth exploring as it’s home to both the national library of Wales, and Wales’ largest arts centre (The Aberystwyth Arts Centre).
When you’re done exploring the campus you could head back to the town centre and experience the rest of what Aberystwyth has to offer. Aberystwyth castle grounds are home to the ruins of a 13th century Edwardian castle, and the Aberystwyth war memorial; both of which are well worth a visit. You could also visit St. Michael’s church: an Anglican church built in 1890, featuring stunning stained-glass windows
Day 3: - A coastal adventure
Owing to its location in the heart of Cardigan Bay, when staying in Aberystwyth, you have access to huge variety and range of walks. One of our favourites is a short stretch of the Ceredigion Coast Path, between Aberystwyth and Ynyslas. It’s a 16km walk – so it’s definitely a challenge, although the terrain is easy, and you’re spurred on by awe-spiring views and landscapes throughout. You’ll almost certainly work up an appetite along the way, and so we recommend you stop at Jaynes at the railway inn along the way. It’s a cosy pub serving hearty food – just what you’ll need to fuel the remaining 1.5 miles to Ynyslas.
Upon arriving in Ynyslas you’ll be greeted by the largest sand dunes in Ceredigion, and expansive views out across cardigan bay. If you don’t fancy the walk back (we wouldn’t blame you) you can take the bus back from Borth to Aberystwyth. The bus runs every three hours, with the earliest departure at 8:20 in the morning, and the latest one at 18:20 in the evening.
Day 4: Beach Day
After yesterday’s adventure you’ve earned yourself some R&R. What better place to relax and recharge than at one of Wales’s favourite beaches? Penbryn beach is set in a cove and is surrounded by steep cliffs, upon which woodland extends back inland; creating a sense of isolation and tranquillity that is hard to match. The village Penbryn is about an hour’s bus journey from Aberystwyth, with buses running every hour or so – and then the beach is just a short walk from the bus stop.
Need a place to stay for your adventure?
We hope with this 4-day itinerary you’ll be able to get the most out of your next trip to Aberystwyth. To be able to enjoy all the sights and activities Aberystwyth has to offer we know you’ll need a base of operations – so if you’re looking for places to stay in Aberystwyth, you won’t do better than Park Lodge Hotel. It’s perfectly located as a base for all of your holiday activities. With our in-house restaurant, Park Kitchen serving delicious, locally sourced food, it’s the perfect place to rest and refuel between your adventures.