Aberyswyth is a university town with about 7,000 students (well behaved but they like a little drink now and then).

When working for the Welsh Blood Service, I visited "Aber" almost every week delivering blood to the local hospital,

The sea front has a wide promenade, most of the 4/5 storied buildings being Victorian/ Edwardian.

The beach unfortunately is more a dark grit than sand giving the sea a murky look, but it is safe for bathing.The pier was built in 1864 and origially 900ft long but is now reduced to about 300ft. On the pier is a pub, night club and amusements.

At the northern end of the promenade is Constitution Hill, a 430ft climb to a magnificent viewpoint of the town and surrounding area.

If you dont feel like the climb, travel to the top on Britain's longest Victorian (778ft) electric Cliff Railway.

At the top is the world's largest camera obscura, a 14 inch lens which reflects the town and 1,000 sq miles of the countryside on to a viewing screen.

The town has a good variety of shops, eating places and pubs. One of the attractions that must not be missed is a ride on the Vale of Rheidol narrow gauge railway, one of the "Great Little Trains of Wales"

Originally built in 1902 to serve the the lead mines in the Rheidol valley, the railway runs for almost 12 miles through spectacular wooded countryside from Aberystwyth to "Devil's Bridge" and the 300ft Mynach Falls.

Trains wait 45 minutes before returning, but you may return on a later one if you wish see the guard for times..


View of Aberystwyth photo taken from cliff railway halfway up Constitution hill.