Ceredigion, West Coast of Wales
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- Situated in the South of Ceredigion
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Ceredigion Land of Enchantment
Aberystwyth walking, bird-watching, riding, mountain-biking, trout-fishing - there are opportunities to enjoy many activities in this breathtaking and peaceful landscape, as well as heritage sites to visit and welcoming places to stay and eat out.
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Aberystwyth gets its name from being situated on the mouth of the river Ystwyth (Aber = mouth)(Ystwyth = river Ystwyth).
Home to the University, old castle remains, University College, Royal Pier, arts center and marina, also many hotels B&B's and private houses overlooking Cardigan Bay.
In 1631, Mr. Bushel, who succeeded Sir Hugh Myddelton in the possession of the mines royal of Cardiganshire, having obtained permission from Charles I., established a mint in the castle. Read More About Aber Castle >>
River Rheidol forms the harbour and is joined by the river Ystwyth a few metres before reaching the Irish Sea.
Between the harbour and Constitution Hill the promenade stretches for about a mile, along which are situated Castle remains the Old University College and the Royal Pier, also many hotels B&B's and private houses.
Once called the Brighton of Wales and this gives an idea of the character of the architecture as you walk along the sea front.
The main town and holiday resort of Cardigan Bay situated in the county of Ceredigion (formally Dyfed) midway between North and South Wales its central location and the healthy combination of sea and mountainous air make it an ideal base for exploring the whole of Wales.
A University Town situated almost in the centre of Cardigan Bay, and from the top of Constitution Hill you can see as far North as the Lleyn Peninsular in Caernarvonshire, looking South Strumble Head may be seen in Pembrokeshire, inland is the mountainous region know as Plynlimon.
Noted in recent years as the sunniest spot in the British Isles and with a favourable winter climate. The average temperature of the sea surface off 51 degrees and the temperature of the water not usually rising above 57 degrees in August, winter 46 degrees.
During the short days of winter the hour of sunset is later than that of London with an extra 20 minutes of evening light.
Prehistoric settlers built a hillfort called Pen Dinas (one of the largest hillforts in Wales) and the earthworks are still visible today, upon Pen Dinas is a monument in the shape of a up turned cannon to commemorate a local land owner who was on the field as an officer in the battle of Waterloo. Back in the sixth century a British saint called Padarn formed a great mission station and by the twelfth century the town grew further by the building of a Norman Castle to the south of the present town. Towards the end of the thirteenth century King Edward I built a masonry castle and the remains can still be seen today.
Shipbuilding and lead mining in and around the town grew and soon became the source of prosperity, before the start of the eighteenth century it had become more important than Cardiff for shipping. But the coming of the railway and stiff competition from foreign mining companies, destroyed the shipbuilding and mining in the area.
This Website has been set up as a local directory for those wishing to visit the area as well as for the benefit of local residents and businesses in and around the town. Please contact us by e-mail if your business or service is in the Aberystwyth - Bow Street - Llanrhystud and Ponterwyd area, if you are not listed! There is no charge for a basic listing.
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