Find and book the perfect holiday home or b&b on the Welsh coast in Aberystwyth
Visit Aberystwyth, the most academic seaside resort in the country!
Home to the prestigious Aberystwyth University and the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth is an academic hub which has transformed this sleepy ancient market village into a seaside town like no other in the country. The impressive student population has evolved this coast into a hive of activity which does not need to end with the setting of the sun, so reserve a room in a bed and breakfast in Aberystwyth and enjoy the vibrancy of this Welsh jewel around all hours of the clock.
When to go?
The best time to visit Aberystwyth is in the mid-summer months of June, July and August, when temperatures peak, and there is less likelihood of rainfall when enjoying this coast. Despite the tourist numbers increasing over these weeks, a majority of the mass student population of Aberystwyth University leave the resort for the summer, making room for more visitors to take over the resort's pastel Victorian streets and Irish Sea front.
What types of holiday rentals are available in Aberystwyth?
The ancient coast of Aberystwyth has come a long way since it first established itself as a seaside resort in the Victorian era, with its distinguished university atmosphere, family friendly sands and picturesque views which captivate everybody who visits. No two experiences are the same in this western Welsh kingdom, and neither is the accommodation, as every holiday letting in Aberystwyth offers something unique for every guest. If you are looking for a luxury apartment rental in Aberystwyth which will make your romantic holiday dreams a reality, then look no further than a seafront sanctuary which has a balcony with a view over the town's timeless rooftops. For a cost-effective holiday rental in Aberystwyth which is the ideal base for visiting friends in the university, choose a room in a guesthouse or youth hostel in Aberystwyth which is in an excellent position for the town's bar and nightlife scene. Aberystwyth remains a seaside resort which is perfect for families who want to unwind in the sand, so choose a home away from home in a traditional holiday cottage in Aberystwyth which is nestled among the resort's collection of family-friendly attractions, including the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway and The Magic of Life Butterfly House.
How to get to Aberystwyth
Found on the west coast of Ceredigion in Wales, Aberystwyth can be reached quickly from across the UK, most conveniently by train from Cardiff Central or Manchester Piccadilly which takes 4 hours, and London Euston which takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can reach Aberystwyth by air by flying to Birmingham International Airport from Glasgow, Belfast and Jersey and then catching the direct train from Birmingham New Street which takes around 3 hours to reach Aberystwyth station. If you are driving to Aberystwyth, then take the scenic route along the A487 or the A44 direct into the shore.
Where to stay in Aberystwyth
The quaint pastel painted townhouses along this colour kissed road are among the most sought-after property in the resort, but it is not hard to see why these holiday homes in Aberystwyth are so attractive to visitors. The pink and green shades of these townhouses stand out among this area's vast collection of boutique shops and Italian restaurants and at only a stone's throw away from the beach, the holiday homes of North Parade are the answer to your Aberystwyth accommodation dreams.
The colourful proprieties of the North Parade continue along the New Promenade which runs for 2,000 metres along Aberystwyth's seafront. Choose a self-catered apartment rental with a sea view and start your day by watching the sun rise above the water before enjoying a full Welsh breakfast in one of the nearby coffee shops or restaurants.
Choose an affordable holiday rental in Aberystwyth's university district and wake up only a stone's throw away from the beautiful Aberystwyth campus, the renowned National Library of Wales, and the appropriately named 'Scholars' bar which serves up real ale, cider and cocktails which are enjoyed by students and visitors alike!
The idyllic neighbourhood of Waun Fawr is the perfect location to rent a romantic attic flat in Aberystwyth, in a serene area that could be taken straight out of a mystical Welsh fairytale book. Waun Fawr is the ideal place to seek sanctuary after a long day enjoying the views from Aberystwyth Golf Club, with the emerald green continuing beyond the green, right into the private garden of your holiday home in Aberystwyth.
The residential area of Penparcau is a serene area to secure a bed and breakfast with a garden, as the close proximity of this coastal town offers a therapeutic retreat for those who do not want to be continually immersed in the cosmopolitan spirit of Aberystwyth. Penparcau boasts impressive scenery, along the picturesque Afon Rheidol river which attracts fishers and hikers along the water's edge.
Why not choose a cottage with a private garden alongside Aberystwyth's most famous attraction, The Cliff Railway, as many who visit this town enjoy the views from this iconic structure. Make the most of the naturally beautiful views from this cliffside by staying in a room with a view which so many generations continue to enjoy on from the parallel railway line.
Things to do in Aberystwyth
Visit the National Library of Wales
Recognised as the largest library in the country, this Welsh national treasure boasts one of the most extensive collections of books in Great Britain. Whether you are an enthusiastic bookworm or merely to learn a little more about the local Welsh culture, The National Library is unmissable from your trip to this extraordinary seaside town.
Just a couple of steps from the town centre you can enjoy the magnificent seaside on offer in this picturesque Welsh coastal town. The most accessible is North Beach and is very popular with families due to the amount of traditional seaside activities available such as promenading, donkey rides, sandcastles and, of course, ice cream! South Beach is a little less frequented and on the southern end of the beach there is the possibility of surfing and body boarding, as this part boasts larger waves. Both of these beaches have lifeguards so families with children can relax a little more. Other beaches in the area include those of Clarach and Tanybwlch Beach.
Ride on the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway
This Grade II listed structure has been transporting visors of Aberystwyth along the cliff's edge since 1896 so that they can enjoy the dramatic landscape of this seaside resort from nearly 800 feet above sea level. There is even a cafe at the end of the ride, where you can enjoy the panoramic views over a cup of coffee and a slice of cake.
Tour the Aberystwyth University Campus
You do not need to be a student to take in the prestigious beauty of the Aberystwyth University Campus. Wander the impressive grounds of the Old College and experience the full splendour of this establishment which has graced this seaside town since 1872.
Visit the Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum
Tucked inside the architectural splendour of a Jacobean theatre, the Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum is a hive of Aberystwyth's vibrant art and historical scene. The museum even hosts movie nights, so don't pass up the chance to watch a film in a timeless and unique 17th-century setting.
Walk on The Royal Pier
The glory of Aberystwyth dates back to the Victorian era when this grand pier was the first pier to open in Wales in 1865. Since its opening, the pier has been shortened in stormy weather; however, it remains a hotspot for walking and dining along the seafront.
Spend a morning in The Magic of Life Butterfly House
Whether you are planning a romantic break to Aberystwyth, you are visiting with young children, or you want to gaze upon the natural beauty of these remarkable creatures, the colours of The Magic of Life Butterfly House is the dreamiest way to spend a morning in this Welsh paradise.