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Seaside study at Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth was Wales' first university and is ranked in Britain's top 40 by Times Higher Education's World University Rankings 2016/7, among other accolades. It's also highly rated by students - and with its colourful seafront, relaxed vibe and wealth of bars, cafes and nightlife, it's easy to see why. Home to the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth is situated in the sweep of Cardigan Bay and rises at one end to the magnificent Constitution Hill. This is a great place to come and enjoy the good life: top-level study, great entertainment and good fitness opportunities in stunning scenery.

Sweeping views of Aberystwyth

A trip up Constitution Hill is a must, either on foot or in style on the famous cliff railway which has been running since 1896. Once on top, breathe in the panoramic views, have a cup of tea in the cafe and see things up close and personal at the camera obscura, open from April to October. Journey back down the hill for a promenade along the seafront and you might spot one of the bottlenose dolphins or porpoises who favour these waters, all the while listening out in case the Aberystwyth Male Voice Choir are rehearsing.

Get on your bike

Head out of town for stunning Welsh countryside that's great for mountain biking and walking. The Wales Coast Path is accessible from here and offers amazing sea views. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Aberystwyth? Travelodge Porthmadog Hotel is in the heart of Snowdonia while Travelodge Oswestry Hotel is a convenient stop-off between Wales and England.