Aberystwyth, Ceredigion (Cardiganshire)

June 2000

Unless otherwise noted, all photos were taken by Venita.*

Many thanks to my 'editor' John Ball, without whose help the information on these pages would be full of errors!

Aberystwyth, a beautiful town in west central Wales on Cardigan Bay, is the home of the National Library of Wales and the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. It has been a seaside resort for generations as evidenced by the many Victorian- and Edwardian-style hotels along the Promenade. The town's hilly location provides inspiring vistas in every direction. On a clear day one can see the high mountains of Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsula to the north of Cardigan Bay and the bluffs of Strumble Head to the south. Perhaps, when conditions are just right, one could catch a glimpse of Ireland, west across the Bay and the Irish Sea.


Above: A view of the Promenade looking north from an area near the castle ruins. Prominently, on the right is The United Theological College, built in the 18th century. On the central pier is a modern construction housing a pub, arcade, dance hall and other amusements enticing to the younger generation. Beyond are hotels, pubs, shops and such businesses one expects to find in a resort area. On Constitution Hill (far left) there is an electric railway, dating from Victorian days, which takes visitors to the top for a spectacular panoramic view.


Above: Beautiful mosaics decorate the top of the tower of the Old College building. This building was bought in 1872 to establish the first university institution in Wales. Two modern campuses now educate 7000 students in eighteen academic departments. For more information about the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, you may click on the above picture.

St. Michaels Church

Above: Just east of the College stands St. Michael's Church, now surrounded by car parks.

Playground and ruins

Above: The Aberystwyth Castle ruins stand south of the church and college. Children's playground equipment makes a sharp contrast between modern and ancient.

Castle ruins

Above: The first earthen and wood castle was built here in the 1200s. The last castle built here was once considered among the greatest in Wales because of its design and fortifications. It began declining in the 14th century, probably because of the effects of the sea at its feet. As it lost its strategic importance, it received little repair. Eventually, many of the stones were pilfered by the local residents for use in building their own homes. For more information about the Castle at Aberystwyth, you may click on the photo above.

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Please come with me on a walk up the Promenade to the Hotel where I spent most of a week in June 2000. Turn to page 2.

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