Living in Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth is a historic market town with stunning views of Cardigan Bay with a population of over thirteen thousand, as well as eight thousand students.
Nestled on the West Wales coast, Aberystwyth is much more than a seaside town. As well as the National Library of Wales and Castle, Aberystwyth is home to Aberystwyth Arts Centre which is recognised as being a 'national flagship for the arts. It has a wide-ranging artistic programme, both producing and presenting, and is recognised as a national centre for arts development.
Aberystwyth's sweeping seafront is a favourite with visitors and locals. The winding Promenade is popular with walkers, joggers, and cyclists - and those who just want to relax by the sea.
In the heart of Mid-Wales, Aberystwyth is a favourite destination for those who enjoy outdoors pursuits such as cycling, walking and horse-riding, being just a short drive from the Cambrian Mountain, Snowdonia National Park and the Centre of the Wales Coast Path. The sea is not just popular with the holidaymakers, but the home of swimmers, sailors and surfers year round.
Stroll along the full 2,000 metre length of the Promenade and you'll pass a variety of Aberystwyth's sights and landmarks. From the harbour and marina in the south and Constitution Hill to the north, you can enjoy a fresh sea breeze and beautiful panoramic view of Cardigan Bay, and you will often see dolphins and porpoises.
Housing and Schools
For families, Aberystwyth is home to a range of Primary Schools and two Secondary schools with more on offer in the surrounding Ceredigion area. Children’s education is available though Welsh or English and both secondary schools have GCSE results that significantly exceed National Averages.
The local property market is very healthy, offering a good range of properties to rent or buy. There is an greater selection of larger family homes out of town in one of the many village communities, many or which have their own shops, school and regular bus links.
Culture and Entertainment
Aberystwyth has all the amenities you’d expect from a thriving town - a wide range of shops and supermarkets, an award winning farmers markets, restaurants and vibrant nightlife and café culture. Aberystwyth is also has a lively bilingual community where Welsh is a living language used widely by residents. We have a welcoming community that offers broad range of cultural events and social activities.
For those travelling from overseas, Birmingham International is the most convenient airport for Aberystwyth. London's airports are also fairly accessible and benefit from a wider choice of flights and prices. Cardiff's airport is also very convenient if travelling onward by car.
Regular train services operate and connect with Shrewsbury and Birmingham. There are also long-distance busses and coaches, connecting with Shrewsbury and Birmingham to the East and Carmarthen, Swansea and Cardiff to the South. There is a daily coach service direct to London.
When travelling by car, Aberystwyth is connected North-South by the A487. The road south hugs the coast and offers spectacular views over Cardigan Bay, and to the north the coastal views merge seamlessly into the mountains of Snowdonia. From the East, the A44 winds its way through the Cambrian Mountains.