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Aberystwyth Castle


Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore Aberystwyth town centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Aberystwyth's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Aberystwyth is a favourite holiday resort on the west coast of Wales with tall Victorian and Edwardian seafront buildings. The town is nestled between three hills and two beaches and hosts castle ruins, a pier and a busy harbour. Being a university town it has a vibrant atmosphere throughout the year and, with a wide promenade and beaches, it's a perfect place to soak up the summer sun.


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Curious About... Aberystwyth

  • An exploration of Aberystwyth's town centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the town's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Aberystwyth in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the town - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.

1.  Cliff Railway to Castle - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
Starting at the longest electric cliff railway in Britain, built at the end of the 19th century, you head immediately to the sweeping promenade with its tall Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Walk by the sea for a while, then inland, before returning once again to the sandy front. Next get a taste of historic streets, before circling an impressive church and onward to Aberystwyth castle – no longer complete, but still standing proud.
1.5 hoursOK but diversion maybe needed

2.  Castle to Royal Pier - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
From the Gorsedd Stones of Aberystwyth’s Eisteddfod, past a tall memorial, you next walk beside the sea until passing in front of the first university building. Walk along fascinating, historical streets, before arriving at the promenade, with magnificent views to the Bay of Cardigan, and Snowdon in the distance. End your walk at the Royal Pier – time for an ice cream!
1 hourOK

Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the town and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
Buy a booklet by clicking on the Add to Basket button, then either checkout, or continue shopping. Checkout takes you through payments via a quick & secure process managed by a third-party company called SendOwl. At the end of the payment process SendOwl will email you a confirmation email (inc download link if relevant).

You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).

Printed Copy
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A small postage & packing charge is added.

"Thanks very much for showing us around Aberystwyth! We thought it was just about the beach, but now we realise there's so much more."

Latest Revision : August 2023


Places you'll pass along the way - tap an image for more detail