Discover Aberystwyth with megabus
Aberystwyth: top 3 things to do
1. Spend time on the seafront
Aberystwyth’s major selling point is its sweeping seafront. Take a stroll down the promenade, play the arcades on the pier, and feel the sand between your toes on beautiful North and South Beaches. For the best view in town, hop on the old-fashioned Cliff Railway to the top of Constitution Hill.
2. Ride a steam train through the Rheidol Valley
Follow in the footsteps of William Wordsworth and take a steam train through the beautiful Rheidol Valley. The traditional locomotive runs from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge, passing waterfalls, rugged woodland and lush green mountains. Fancy a walk in the valley? You can get off at one of the midway stations to stretch your legs.
3. Catch a show at Aberystwyth’s Arts Centre
Perched at the top of Penglais Hill is Aberystwyth’s award-winning Arts Centre. This popular venue hosts a diverse programme of activities, ranging from music and dance shows, to pottery workshops and literary events. You can catch the latest blockbuster at the cinema while you’re here.
Aberystwyth: getting around
When you travel to Aberystwyth with megabus you can usually expect added extras like free WiFi* onboard. Plus, a 20kg luggage allowance means you can pack all your essentials. To find out more about what’s included in your ticket price, take a look at our onboard facilities page.
Once you arrive in Aberystwyth, you won’t have to walk far to start seeing the sights. This small, but perfectly formed, town is best seen on foot so you don’t miss anything. Grab a map from the tourist office on Terrace Road to get your bearings.
If you’re heading to the university’s Penglais Campus, it’s a 15-minute walk from where the megabus drops you in the centre of town. If you don’t fancy the steep climb up the hill, jump on the 301 bus.
If you’re keen to explore the area, there are regular buses that leave from the central bus station to pretty market towns like Cardigan and Machynlleth. The spectacular Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons National Parks are also within easy reach.
Aberystwyth: best for nightlife
As you’d expect from a university town, much of Aberystwyth’s social scene caters for the student population. While you’re not going to get the varied nightlife of, say, Cardiff, there’s still plenty of fun to be had. Take the pubs, for example. There are 60-plus, so you certainly won’t be short of choice. Sink a real ale at the cosy Ship and Castle, or catch some live music at Rummers.
In terms of clubs, Why Not and Pier Pressure keep the party going into the small hours. For a more civilised evening, the retro Commodore Cinema on Bath Street shows the latest films. You’ll also find a bar there, if you fancy a pint with your popcorn.
Aberystwyth for free: our top 3
1. Visit Ceredigion Museum
To really get a feel for this Welsh town, pay a visit to the Ceredigion Museum. Inside what used to be the Coliseum Theatre you’ll find an eclectic mix of local artefacts, including children’s toys, old film memorabilia and even dentistry equipment. The recreation of a 19th-century Welsh cottage is a highlight of this free attraction.
2. Browse the bookshelves at the National Library of Wales
With over seven million books on the shelves at the National Library of Wales, even the most avid bookworm will struggle to make a dent. And it’s not just books that line the library walls. You can also pore over maps, photographs and paintings. Keep an eye out for the wooden Nanteos Cup, believed by many to be the Holy Grail.
3. Discover Aberystwyth Castle
During the 13th century, Aberystwyth Castle was regarded as one of the most powerful in Wales. Today, its ragged remains give a fascinating insight into the battles lost and won here over the years. The castle has served as a prison and a Royal Mint in its time, and is now one of the best spots in town to gaze out to sea.
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