Places to go and see in Ceredigion

Looking for somewhere to visit in the UK. We have highlighted the most popular locations in the UK below. There are also a selection of Farm house bed and breakfast and other farm based accommodations for you to choose from.

National Library of Wales

National Library of Wales
National Library of Wales

The National Library of Wales is the national legal deposit library of Wales, located in Aberystwyth. It is one of the Assembly Government Sponsored Bodies.

Vale of Rheidol Railway

Vale of Rheidol Railway
Vale of Rheidol Railway

The Vale of Rheidol Railway is one of the Great Little Trains of Wales and was the last steam railway owned by British Rail until it was privatised in 1989. Trains depart from the centre of the resort town of Aberystwyth on the Cambrian coast. The railway is adjacent to the British Rail station and ample car parking is available in our own car park off Park Avenue.

Aberystwyth Castle

Aberystwyth Castle
Aberystwyth Castle

Iron Age settlers fortified the hilltop called Pen Dinas with a huge fortification, one of the largest Iron Age hillforts in the region. Today that hillfort dominates the skyline as you approach Aberystwyth from the south. Not only does it create an air of mystery, it also reminds us of the skills of its ancient builders. It remains a remarkable testimony to the Iron Age people that they could construct such a formidable hilltop fortification with their primitive technology. That it has survived over two thousand years makes their accomplishment all the more impressive.

Hafod Uchtryd

Hafod Uchtryd
Hafod Uchtryd

Its most celebrated owner, Thomas Johnes (1748-1816), built a new house in this remote location and laid out its grounds in a manner suited to displaying its natural beauties in sympathy with the 'Picturesque principles' fashionable at the time, with circuit walks allowing the visitor to enjoy a succession of views and experiences. Johnes also used the land for farming, forestry, and gardening, in each case trying out new ideas and experimental methods. Hafod became an essential destination for the early tourist in Wales.

Ceredigion Museum

Ceredigion Museum
Ceredigion Museum

Ceredigion Museum is housed in a restored Edwardian Theatre. It has been described as 'one of the most beautiful museum interiors in Britain'. The museum displays objects of all ages from the county of Ceredigion (Cardiganshire). Most of the displays are of the Victorian period and later. The museum aims to reflect the rich history and archaeology of the county. There are notable collections of Welsh furniture, costume and many objects associated with the county's farming and agricultural heritage. There is a fine collection of Taxidermy by the Hutchings family and many paintings by Alfred Worthington. The Museum organises temporary exhibitions on local history and art and has displays at Lampter Library; The Kite Centre, Tregaron; the Harbourmaster's office, New Quay and owns a cottage at Llanon which is open during most August afternoons.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre is Wales’ largest arts centre and recognised as a 'national flagship for the arts'. It has a wide-ranging artistic programme, both producing and presenting, across all art forms including drama, dance, music, visual arts, applied arts, film, new media, and community arts and is recognised as a national centre for arts development. We welcome over 750,000 visitors a year, including over 100,000 attendances for performing arts and events featuring local, national and international work, 236,000 for exhibitions and over 100,000 for our unique community arts and education programme. In 2000 the Arts Centre completed a major £4.3 million redevelopment. In 2009 it undertook an additional £1.75 million development which added an artists and creative industries studios complex, and acts as the base for a major artists in residence programme. This gives Aberystwyth Arts Centre a range of facilities unrivalled throughout much of the UK.

Seamor Dolphin Research Boat Trips

Seamor Dolphin Research Boat Trips
Seamor Dolphin Research Boat Trips

You can experience the wonders of West Wales, underwater or over the waves with our qualified team. Look for the dolphins onboard our wildlife watching and research boat Islander and learn about the dolphins and porpoises of Cardigan Bay and how you can help with their research and conservation! We carry a hydrophone (underwater microphone) and will show you how to listen to dolphins and porpoises every time we see them.

Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

Aberystwyth Cliff Railway
Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

At the northern end of Aberystwyth promenade Constitution Hill rises dramatically to provide a spectacular natural viewpoint. On a clear day it is possible to see 26 mountain peaks spanning much of the length of Wales. The most relaxing way to enjoy this panorama is to travel by train on the longest electric cliff railway in Britain, which has been transporting visitors to the summit since opening in 1896. Once at the summit visitors can experience the views afforded by the worlds largest camera obscura, which offers a birds eye view of 1000 square miles of land and seascape. Aside from these two technological masterpieces there are fascinating historical displays, a kids play area, a well-stocked gift shop, and a cafe selling delicious home-made snacks. With such a combination of attractions, and the opening of a new education centre in 2004, Constitution Hill is a great attraction for visitors of all ages.

Cardigan Bay

Cardigan Bay
Cardigan Bay

Cardigan Bay home of the bottlenose dolphin. So special most of the coastline is a protected Heritage coast with lots of opportunities for dolphin watching. Much of the coast surrounding the bay is fertile farmland, dotted with towns and seaside resorts. The central and northern areas of the Bay is the location of the legendary Cantre'r Gwaelod, the drowned "Lowland Hundred" or "Hundred under the Sea".

Internal Fire - Museum of Power

Internal Fire - Museum of Power
Internal Fire - Museum of Power

Internal Fire - Museum of Power displays the progression of the internal combustion engine from 1911 to the present day. Engines displayed running daily in original environments. Reception area showing local crafts, drinks and snacks available.