The Aber student’s graduation bucket-list

MANY students are now enjoying their final few months here in Aberystwyth. Here is our definitive bucket-list for all students with a graduation ahead.

Alex Tanton

Alex Tanton

  1. Go up Constitution Hill:
    Whether you walk or take the cliff railway, the views from Constitution Hill are hard to beat. While you are up there, you can visit one of the world’s largest camera obscuras, eat in the café, or even go bowling.
  2. Watch a sunrise and a sunset:
    Aber is renowned for gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, so why not see both in one day? The best views can be had from the beach or from the top of Constitution Hill.
  3. Have a BBQ on the beach:
    South beach is perfect for a BBQ on a sunny day, whether between sunbathing and swimming, or just watching the sun go down.
  4. See the dolphins:
    Bottlenose dolphins are a common sight in early summer, if you are patient enough to watch for them.
  5. Swim in the sea:
    On a hot summer day, a dip in the sea is refreshing. You can’t leave university in Aberystwyth without at least paddling once, just to say you did.
  6. Walk up Pen Dinas (Monument Hill):
    Monument Hill was once an iron age hill fort, and from the top you have views of the Ystwyth and Rheidol river valleys. The area, along with Tanybwlch Beach, is also a local nature reserve and is perfect for a spring walk.
  7. Visit Devil’s Bridge:
    This is a great place to visit, with beautiful waterfalls and views. You can get there by car, or by catching the Vale of Rheidol Railway steam train. The train offers you amazing views of the valley and you might even get to see birds of prey, such as Buzzards or Red Kites, on the way.
  8. Explore Penglais Woods:
    Across the road from the main university entrance is Penglais Nature Reserve. The best time of year to visit is spring, when bluebells carpet the forest floor. The footpaths have many viewpoints, from which you can see almost all of town.
  9. Stargaze in the castle ruins:
    Wrap up warm, pick a clear night, and take a picnic. Relax, sit back and enjoy a magical view of the night sky against the stunning backdrop of the castle ruins.
  10. Kick the bar:
    Kicking the bar at the north end of the promenade by Constitution Hill is said to bring students luck with their degree. If you kick the bar with one foot, you will pass your degree. If you kick the bar with both feet at once, you should get that much sought after first class honours degree (you may also fall on to the beach). Give it a try if you feel like you need all the luck you can get.
  11. Visit nearby towns:
    If you want to visit a beach with real sand, Borth is worth a visit. Borth is also home to the Animalarium, which is a nice alternative to a very long trip to the zoo. Machynlleth is home to the Centre for Alternative Technology, the Corris craft centre, and the Corris mine explorers.
  12. Go to the Commodore cinema:
    The Commodore may only have the one screen, but this family-owned cinema is a good place for a last flat outing. It even has a small bar.
  13. Visit Ceredigion museum:
    No Aberystwyth student should leave without seeing some of the history of the town that has been their home for the duration of their degree. Admission is free, the interior of the coliseum is beautiful, and there are a variety of displays to interest everyone.
  14. Visit local, independent shops and cafes:
    Make the most of places and activities that are found only in Aber – you may miss them when you leave.
  15. Buy some AU merchandise:
    So that when you do finally leave, you will always have something to remind yourself of the time you spent in Aber.