Located on the western side of mid Wales with the coastal university town Aberystwyth as its capital Ceredigion is an ancient county with some wonderful landscapes and beaches. It also has a rich cultural heritage which can still be felt strongly today in some places including the village of Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn. It is very quiet and off the beaten track today but this belies its historical significance. Many guests will want to stay in the immediate area to soak up the atmosphere and sense of place.
Visit the 13th century medieval church that has stood here since before the famous of castles of North Wales were built.
Go back another 1000 years along the five narrow lanes that converge in the village and see if you can work out which ones were originally the Roman Road Sarn Helen which runs from north to south Wales.
Footpaths and bridleways provide off-road alternatives, connecting with other valleys. Explore the area on foot or by bike without the need to travel by car – routes can be provided.
If you would like to go further there is lots to discover in the surrounding area.
Drive to walk in Hafod Forest, Nant yr Arian forest - both situated in the Cambrian Mountains - or other walking destination.
Ceredigion coast path is great walking. For a hilly coastal walk take the train or bus from Aberystwyth to Borth and walk back south along the coast.
Enjoy miles of cycling on quiet lanes as well as the Ystwyth Bike Trail which will take you either into Aberystwyth or inland to Tregaron.
For more off road cycling you can explore many bridleways and forests. Routes will be provided.
Secure bike storage may be available by prior arrangement.
Mountain bike trail centres a car journey away:
Nant yr Arian offers a variety of purpose built single track trails. 20 minutes by car.
Coed y Brenin is internationally known for a wide range of trails and a skills training area. 75 minutes by car.
Dyfi Bike Park is a downhill trail centre (booking required). 45 minutes by car.
Aberystwyth has 2 great beaches and a lovely promenade with plenty of opportunities for ice cream and coffee.
North of Aberystwyth is Borth beach which is good for swimming and surfing.
The north end of that beach is called Ynys Las – part of a National Nature Reserve popular for walking on the sand dunes.
Aberystwyth and Borth are great places to eat fish and chips sitting on the beach and gazing out to sea.
As well as the sea there are also some great places for river swimming on the Ystwyth and Rheidol rivers.
FOOD AND DRINK
Y Ffarmers is in the centre of the village and is the hub for this community. It is a lovely, welcoming gastro pub with a bar, a restaurant area and a garden with covered seating areas. It serves great food, real ale and craft gins. Please book ahead - call 01974 261275 or message them on their Facebook page. They also do takeaway meals.
There is a wide range of places to eat in Aberystwyth.
On the promenade, the Glengower offers good bar meals and real ales.
Within town, Medina offers an interesting range of Mediterranean style of food including wonderful salads.
For a very special occasion consider the restaurant SY23. Chef Nathan Davies appeared on The Great British Menu to great acclaim in 2021 and 2022 and SY23 was awarded a Michelin star and won the Michelin Guide Opening of the Year Award announced in February 2022. Book months ahead for this one.
For afternoon tea in a Georgian mansion, go to Nanteos.
Ask us for other suggestions.
Aberystwyth is home to the National Library of Wales which has permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Ceredigion Museum is housed in a beautifully preserved Edwardian theatre near the seafront. It is home to both permanent and temporary displays that explore Ceredigion’s heritage, culture and art.
Check out the programme of Aberystwyth Arts Centre and the family run Commodore Cinema.
DISCOVER CEREDIGION - Ceredigion tourism website
PENTIR PUMLUMON TOURISM Tourism in upland Ceredigion
CAMBRIAN MOUNTAINS Nature, heritage, trails, dark skies & local produce
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Take the train from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge. Vale of Rheidol Railway
Specialist-led guided tours through the landscape and into the underground caverns of mid Wales’ ancient metal mines. Mid Wales Mine Tours
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