What to do in Aber – A Freshers Bucket List

IF YOU’VE just arrived here in Aber as a fresher then you’ve probably been spending a fair amount of time getting to know the town’s pubs and clubs.  Now don’t get me wrong, that can be good fun, but it soon catches up on you and it’s a good idea to find other things to do in your spare time. It can be hard sometimes to think of new things to do in this small Welsh town of ours, so here you’ll find a few hints and tips to help you make the most of what’s available on your doorstep.

Aberystwyth's sunset  Photo - Rebecca James

Aberystwyth’s sunset
Photo – Rebecca James

When the sun shines, there’s no finer place to be in Aber than down by the water, enjoying all that the seaside has to offer. You could take part in the tradition of ‘kicking the bar’ at the end of the prom, before setting off along the seafront and enjoying an ice cream or some fish and chips.  An alternate way to have fun and enjoy the good weather is to have a beach barbecue with your friends on one of the town’s beaches; best spent admiring the stunning sunsets.

If you’re the active type then you’re bound to enjoy walking the coast path. The trail towards Borth, which leads up Constitution Hill or ‘Consti’ as it’s known locally, provides great views of over Aber and the whole of Cardigan Bay.  There is also the cliff railway, for those who still want to enjoy the vistas but don’t want to walk to the top of the hill. This will take you up and back down for £3.50 with a student card.

Now, we have to remember that this is Wales and the weather here isn’t always that kind to us, so it’s important to have indoor alternatives for things to do on those rainy days – believe me, there will be lots of them!  If you’re keen to learn a bit about the history of your new home then the Ceredigion Museum on Terrace Road is a good place to start, with free entrance and varied interesting exhibitions on local life in past times. The local Commodore Cinema and Arts Centre also have regular events on, which are perfect for a rainy day. If this doesn’t appeal to you, then you may prefer to spend time checking out some of Aber’s independent coffee shops; there are plenty dotted around the  town centre so why not try them all and pick a favourite?  There are also some great restaurants here, each offering a different style of cuisine, so you can choose where you eat depending on your tastes and budget.

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Photo – Rebecca James

While there’s no denying that this is a lovely little town, it can sometimes be good to escape the Aberystwyth ‘bubble’ and a day trip to another place in Ceredigion can provide a perfect opportunity to do so. A journey on the Vale of Rheidol Railway, which starts next to the main train station in town, provides scenic views of the countryside while en route to Devil’s Bridge. Once there, you can enjoy a visit to the spectacular waterfalls and admire the three bridges; three bridges built on top of each other. Fans of the locally produced detective series, Hinterland, should pay a visit to the Hafod Hotel, which was portrayed as the Pontarfynach children’s home in the show. For an alternative day out, Aberaeron is a quaint seaside town, which is ideal for a wander around or a day at the beach.  Aberaeron is about fifteen miles south of here and there is a regular bus service to and from town. The town is known for honey, with the honey ice cream being well worth a try!

That just about sums up this bucket list.  Hopefully you’ve now got some inspiration of what to do here.  Good luck starting Uni, have fun and enjoy Aber!