Aberystwyth Scenery and Wildlife
Aberystwyth was once described as the place the ‘Mountains come down to meet the sea.’ The scenery is truly breathtaking.
Less than 5 minutes walk from the door of the Castle Hotel will take you to the foot of Pen Dinas, the site of an iron-age hill fort. The views from the top are stunning; on a clear day it is possible to see the North Wales island of Bardsey. The cliffs at Tan-y-Bwlch drop dramatically to the sea.
Summer sees the Atlantic grey seal basking in the sun on the rocky outcrops along the shingle ridge of Tan-Y-Bwlch beach. The river Rheidol flows into the sea here, its banks providing a unique habitat for the only outcrop of prostrate sea-buckthorn (sub-species) known in the world.
Cardigan Bay dolphins can often be seen playing in the waters along the whole of the sea front, as can Harbour Porpoises by the Marina.
The Harbour is festooned with yachts, sail and fishing boats. Fishing and wildlife outings are available during the summer season.
The old lyme kiln is still in situ in Trefechan, just over the bridge from the Hotel. There are also excellent examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture throughout the town &emdash; the Ceredigion Museum itself is situated in The Coliseum, an old theatre and picture house.