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See & Do

This page is dedicated to local activities, longstanding attractions and events within the local area.  You can also find up-to-date transport timetables in the 'handy info' section below. For more info on local pubs and places to explore etc please see our FAQ's by clicking here. :)

Attractions

Tick off the must-see places around the local area

Activities

Enjoy the outdoors & more with hand-picked local activities

Events

Festivals, gigs, the arts - any local events info

Handy Info

Downloadable travel timetables & links for further reading

ATTRACTIONS

 
DEVIL'S BRIDGE WATERFALLS

Devils Bridge Falls is a world-famous tourist attraction 12 miles from Aberystwyth. These unique waterfalls have attracted many thousands of visitors since the 18th century, including William Wordsworth who wrote about the “Torrent at the Devil’s Bridge”. Today, the Falls Nature Trail provides a unique opportunity to see this great natural feature in the Rheidol Gorge.

 

There are two walks to choose from:

1. NATURE TRAIL, WATERFALLS & 3 BRIDGES
This walk takes a minimum of 45 minutes.
Difficult walk. 675 steep uneven natural stone steps.

 

2. PUNCHBOWL & 3 BRIDGES
This walk takes 10 minutes or so.
Moderate walk. 300 slate steps

 

The Waterfalls and Punchbowl are open all year.
Refreshments and food are available from the Hafod Hotel opposite the exit to the waterfalls walk.

 

Dogs must be kept on the lead.  If your dog is large then it may struggle to enter through the turnstile with you.  The steep steps are also difficult for dogs with short legs.

 

More info on their website click here

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THE VALE OF RHEIDOL RAILWAY
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Travelling on the Vale of Rheidol Railway is the finest way to explore the stunning Rheidol Valley. Opened in 1902, the railway has been delighting passengers young and old for over a century.

See timetables and more info on their website:

www.rheidolrailway.co.uk

 

ACTIVITIES

 
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HORSEBACK RIDING 
ROCK CLIMBING

For All Abilities

Take a short jaunt south to our local town of Lampeter to enjoy a quality horse-riding experience at Saddle Tramps; whether you are a seasoned rider or a total beginner you will love their beautiful horses and breathtaking scenery.

 

The stables are located on the picturesque Pencarreg Mountain with stunning views in all directions and benefitting from some of the best out-riding the UK has to offer. Ideally situated on the borders of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire the possible routes are endless with terrain varying from open moorland to green valleys and ancient woodland.

 

To read more information on their website click here (opens in new window)

 

MOUNTAIN  BIKING

Make Ceredigion your base for a great mountain biking experience. Aberystwyth is convenient not only for Bwlch Nant yr Arian but is also almost equidistant to the two other premier forestry mountain biking sites of Coed y Brenin, Brechfa Forest and the Elan Valley. For more info click here (opens in new window).

Nant-yr-Arian Mountain Bike Trails situated just inland from Aberystwyth offers stunning high-level wilderness riding with 2 Red and 1 epic Black graded trails.

The Syfydrin trail combines the best of the ‘ Summit trail’ singletrack with backcountry mountain tracks for a 35km wilderness loop. The 16km Summit trail and 9km Pendam trail use twisting all weather singletrack carved into the steep valleys and ridges of the forest to create shorter, but no less challenging route options.

The mountain bike skills area is centre’s newest facility will provide riders with the opportunity to learn new skills and improve their existing ones on 3 graded tracks of increasing difficulty.

 

For more info click here (opens in new window)

For All Abilities

Check out Adventure Beyond for some spectacular climbing opportunities, the inland climbing experiences are in the not-too-distant town of Llandysul and coastal climbing is also offered further south of Cardigan. 

 

Climbing sessions are ideal for everyone, whether you're looking for your very first outdoor rock climbing experience or looking to improve your skills. Equipment is supplied and a skilled instructor will coach you through your session. The routes will be set by the instructor in ascending difficulty. Climbing sessions are suitable for all ages and are a great confidence builder.

 

More advanced sessions are available where you will learn how to 'lead climb' and nail your 'belaying' technique. Alongside this you will learn more technical skills and techniques to really improve your climbing ability and knowledge.

 

 

Whilst climbers use abseiling out of necessity to get to the bottom of climbs most people consider it to be an interesting activity in itself. Groups can be taken on Abseiling sessions throughout the South/West Wales area.

 

To read more information on their website click here (opens in new window)

COARSE FISHING

Set in the rolling Welsh countryside of our village, Penuwch Fishery offers you the chance to catch beautiful carp in a peaceful tranquil setting while red kites soar above. The lake is 2.5 acre and well established with plenty of features from lilies to overhanging trees. There are 12 swims all with plenty of room for your bivy. Fish for common carp and mirrors to 30lb plus.  Car park and toilets are also available. 

 

To read more information on their website click here (opens in new window)

CYCLING

Among many rides and routes there is a 56.5 km Bike loop to and from Aberystwyth. The Bike Ride has a total ascent of 534.6 m and has a maximum elevation of 301.97 m. This route was created by samroberson on 07/04/2010. Click to find similar maps in Aberystwyth.

Tonnes more available on sites such as mapmyride.com

RIVER RAFTING

When the river levels increase, it’s time to blow up the raft and get onto some white-water up to grade 4. 10km of natural paddling on white and gently flowing water taking in the best drops on the Teifi. Working as a team with a trained guide, you’ll negotiate the cauldron, surf the wave in preparation for the steep drop finale of Henllan falls.

Rafting is one of the few team-based outdoor sports so it’s a popular choice for group activities and events. You don't need to be fit but you will need to paddle for 2 hours, you don't need any experience, you just need to hold on!

 

Other activities such as coasteering, seas kayaking and paddleboard available.

 

Available subject to water levels, for more info on Cardigan Bay Active's website, click here (opens in new window)

DOLPHIN SPOTTING

Cruising in waters nominated in Europe for "Special Area of Conservation" status, the Ceredigion Marine Heritage Coast (C.M.H.C) is recognised for its unspoilt coastline and Wildlife, including  Dolphins, Porpoise, Atlantic Grey seals and numerous bird species including Razorbills and Guillemots. 

 

We have tried and tested New Quay Boat Trips, who can offer you a one-hour cruise south to Cwmtudu where you will see amazing sights including bird colonies, Seal haul out Areas & Castell bach, the local ruins of an iron age settlement. 

 

And don't forget! The chance of seeing some of the many bottle-nosed dolphins and Porpoise.  The two-hour cruise offers all of the above and lots more.  On this cruise, you will venture further down the coast to the little bay of Ynys Lochtyn, approximately halfway along the C.M.H.C. just before the village of  Llangranog. Ynys Lochtyn boasts the tallest cliff in Ceredigion and is one of the main feeding areas for the dolphins. 

 

Here you are likely to see the very rare Chough and you could also see Gannets, Shearwaters, Oystercatchers, Puffins, Cormorants, Shags, and many more as well as Seals, Dolphins and Porpoise. rare Sunfish or even a rare Sea Turtle! 

 

To read more information on their website click here (opens in new window)

Bird

 EVENTS  

 

2021:

 

JULY

  • Saturday 24th - Castell Aberteifi - Cardigan Castle
    Summer Series Concerts 2021:
    Gwilym I Mari Mathias I Elis Derby

  • Saturday 24th July 2021- 7:30 pm Great Hall, Aberystwyth Arts Centre,
    Catrin Finch at Music fest​

  • Sunday 25th July 2021- 7:00 pm Great Hall, Aberystwyth Arts Centre,
    Strings by the seas at Music Fest​

  • Sunday 25th July 2021- 6:00 pm onwards Great Hall, Aberystwyth Arts Centre,
    More to see at Music Fest​

  • Thursday 29th July 2021 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre,
    AN EVENING WITH BACH AND GUY JOHNSTON

 

AUGUST

  • 3rd August 2021 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre,
    BRING ME SUNSHINE (dance)

  • Wednesday 4th August 2021 - Saturday 7 Aug - Location: Pen y Star, St Dogmaels
    Shakespeare next to the Abbey 2021​

  • 14th August 2021 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre,
    QWERIN (DANCE)

  • Thursday 19th August 2021 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre,
    CERYS HAFANA: TRIPLE HARP, GUITAR AND VOICE

  • Saturday 21st August 2021 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre,
    Truckstop honeymoon (Band)

 

September

  • 1st September 2021 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre,
    BEN FOGLE: TALES FROM THE WILDERNESS

  • 2nd September 2021 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre,
    Dreadzone

  • 3rd September 2021 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre,
    ELO Again (Tribute Band)

  • 29th September 2021 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre,
    Illegal Eagles (Tribute Band)

  • 30th September 2021 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre,
    Marsha Wallace

October

  • 1st Oct - 3rd Oct 2021 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre,
    Comedy Festival - Aberystwyth

  • 2nd Oct 2021 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre,
    Josh Widdicombe - "Bit Much"

  • 3rd Oct 2021 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre,
    Rhod Gilbert - Book of John

  • 28th Oct 2021 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre,
    Al Murray - Landlord of hope & Glory

November:

  • 7th Nov 2021 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre,
    Sarah Millican - Bobby Dazzler

 

2022:

- UK Rock Show

12th Feb 2022

- Ray Mears - We are nature

5th Apr 2022 

- Crime Fiction Festival

Saturday 30 Apr 2022 - Monday 2 May 2022
Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre Aberystwyth

- Barley Saturday Cardigan

Saturday 30 Apr 2022
Location: Cardigan & Around Cardigan

- Aberystwyth Cycle Festival

Sat 28 May - Sun 5 Jun 2022

Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2AG

www.abercyclefest.co.uk/

- Fishguard Folk Festival

Friday 27 May 2022 - Sunday 29 May 2022
Location: Fishguard – Various Venues Fishguard

- The Big Tribute Festival 2022

Friday 26 Aug 2022 - Sunday 28 Aug 2022
Location: Lovesgrove Aberystwyth

- New Quay Music Festival

Friday 5 Aug 2022 - Sunday 7 Aug 2022
Location: New Quay New Quay

- National Eisteddfod

Sat 30 Jul - Sat 6 Aug 2022

Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6JL

eisteddfod.wales/eisteddfod-2020

 

Bus Times

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The local bus stop is a short walk from the site. You can download a PDF of the

timetable for offline viewing simply by clicking the PDF icon or here:

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