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
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.
Above: Just east of the College stands
St. Michael's Church, now surrounded by car parks.
Above: The Aberystwyth Castle ruins
stand south of the church and college. Children's playground equipment makes a sharp contrast
between modern and ancient.
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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