Aberystwyth is located in Ceredigion in Wales. Situated near a popular holiday resort, this historic town has long been considered to be an educational centre. The first university in Wales was established here in 1872. There are a variety of attractions within the local area including castle ruins, the Parc Penglais nature reserve, the Aberystwyth Arts Centre and the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway. In addition, there are golf courses, a marina and a cycle path that is popular with those outdoor enthusiasts who want to get out and enjoy the beauty that surrounds this historic village.
A sleepy little town, Aberystwyth manages to punch well above its weight in terms of tourist attractions and things to do, and accommodates a variety of budgets and tastes. The university and Aberystwyth Arts Centre attract a vast number of people to the area every year. The arts centre offers a varied programme of theatre, film, exhibitions and work shops as well as playing host to a number of festivals and events linked to Aberystwyth University. The town itself offers a number of attractions including the seafront and Constitution Hill. Which, once climbed, offers fantastic views of the town and the seafront as well as seaside villages further up the coast.
For those who prefer to travel further afield a steam railway line will take you to the spectacular Devils Bridge and the surrounding mountainous terrain near to Aberystwyth. Or the Cambrian Coaster will take you up to Pwllheli and Barmouth further up the West Wales coast.
Mining has always been an integral part of the economy for Aberystwyth and further afield in Wales, and so you may fancy a visit to the Llywernog Silver-Lead Mine which was an operative mine for over 200 years.
The Llywernog Silver-Lead Mine manages to not only include authentic historical relics, but actually take the visitor back in time, to what life was like in the early days of the mine. The mine offers a small picnic area, as well as the "miners trail" which is a nature walk around the seven acres of the mine.
Kids will be delighted to try their hands at "panning" which is sifting through rock and other mineral deposits to see if there is any gems worth keeping. Whilst most of the precious minerals are long gone from the mine the Llywernog Silver-Lead Mine owners have generously agreed that whatever stones you fin you are more than welcome to keep. If you are feeling especially adventurous (or brave) then you can always visit the bowels of the mine itself some 60 feet underground.