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THE HERALD FRIDAY AUGUST 19 2016


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ABERYSTWYTH is a large


historic market town in the heart of rural Ceredigion, located near the rivers Ystwyth and Rheidol. The town is situated on the coast and boasts a fantastic pier and seafront stretching from Constitution Hill, at the north end of the Promenade, to the mouth of the harbour at the south. The Promenade takes in two


separate beach stretches divided by Aberystwyth Castle, marketing the town as a tourist hub and a cultural link between North Wales and South Wales. The town comprises of a number of different areas - Aberystwyth town, Llanbadarn Fawr, Waunfawr, Llanbadarn, Trefechan and Penparcau - with plenty of things to do and see within the surrounding area. The town is regarded as the capital of Mid Wales and, as such, several institutions have regional or national offices there, such as the National Library of Wales.


VALE OF RHEIDOL RAILWAY The Vale of Rheidol Railway is a


heritage railway that opened in 1902. The railway runs for 11 and three- quarter miles between Aberystwyth and Devil’s Bridge as a tourist railway that operates between Easter and October, with extra services during February half term and Santa specials at Christmas. The vintage 1920s steam


train travels through the Rheidol Valley, offering spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. The train eventually reaches its final destination in Devils Bridge, a historic village nestled in the Cambrian Mountains, which holds host to the famous three bridges, the Devil’s Bridge Falls and Hafod H o t e l ,


which is a great place to enjoy a drink or light lunch whilst taking in dramatic views of the valley.


ABERYSTWYTH CASTLE Aberystwyth Castle is a Grade I


listed Edwardian fortress situated on the waterfront of the coastal town. The crumbling castle offers fantastic 360 degree views of the sea and town of Aber, as well as an array of great picnic spots and space for your children to run around. The castle is free to visit for both


adults and children, However, today the castle remains only consist of the inner and middle walls due to the stonework of the castle being used to construct other buildings in the town. The remains are still a spectacular sight to behold, however, as you can look out over the cliffs and take in the stunning Welsh coast. Located within the castle walls


there is also a bardic circle of 13 s t o n e s


erected during the 1916 Eisteddfod - a brilliant example of dated Welsh culture. The stones represent the old pre-1974 counties of Wales. The castle is also home to a war memorial, commissioned from Italy in 1919, and excellent views of the bay.


CEREDIGION MUSEUM Ceredigion Museum is a vibrant


and quaint museum situated within Aberystwyth. The museum holds host to a variety of displays that attempt to deepen the understanding of the culture and history of the county of Ceredigion through interactive and standalone collections. Admissions to the museum


are free, with exhibits such as the Agricultural Display, Archaeology Display, Eisteddfod Display and the Reconstruction of a Cardigan Cottage on display, to name just a few of the many popular exhibits available.


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