Aberystwyth audio tour: Aberystwyth Pier and Harbour: A tour of the town’s landmarks and legends

Aberystwyth Pier and Harbour: A tour of the town’s landmarks and legends

Walking Tour

75 mins

About the Tour

The Aberystwyth Seafront Promenade is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike but few people know the history of this 2,000-meter-long walkway. On this walking tour from the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway to the end of the Aberystwyth Harbour, I’ll share the stories etched into the buildings, walls and streets that surround you.

Along the way, I’ll tell you what the town was like back in the 1200s when Edward 1st built his castle, forming part of his iron ring around Wales. We’ll visit the Aberystwyth Castle Grounds and see the ruins of the once proud monument. I’ll show you the over 100-year-old St Michael’s Church, the third church to be built on this site. We’ll also glimpse the unmissable 65-foot-high Aberystwyth War Memorial that bears the names of some of the men killed in the World Wars.

On this 75-minute tour, you can look forward to:

• Learning about the castle, the walled town, and why Aberystwyth was the only settlement built by Edward where Welsh people were allowed to own property within the town walls
• Finding out why Aberystwyth was once thought to have the most important harbour in Wales
• Discovering the origins of the town’s misleading name, which makes it sound like the river Rheidol doesn’t run through it

Come along with me, and enjoy this gentle stroll through this historic and picturesque Welsh town.

Tour Producer


Sean Westlake

I am a retired police officer and an official Wales Tourist Guide. I run motorcycle tours and have started providing motorcycle and sidecar tours for two people in and around Mid and North Wales, an area I policed for thirty years.

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Major Landmarks

  • Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

  • Aberystwyth Seafront Promenade

  • The Glengower

  • Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum

  • Trefechan Bridge

  • Yr Hen Lew Du

  • Aberystwyth Clock Tower

  • Aberystwyth Pier

  • St. Michael's Church

  • Aberystwyth Castle Grounds

  • Aberystwyth War Memorial

  • The Hut

  • Aberystwyth Harbour

Directions to Starting Point

The tour starts at the entrance to the bottom station on the cliff railway at the north end of the promenade. You can drive there along Queens road but there is very little parking space, but there is a car parking along the promenade.
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If you approach from the promenade itself, when you get to the end, there is to your right a short slope or steps up to the station.
There are no public transport links to the station

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Places to stop along the way

Aberystwyth is blessed with many good eating places. On the prom you have PD's Dinner and opposite that Baravin. In the town you will pass SY23 a Micheline star restaurant. Look up Medina for very good food. You can eat on the Pier at its brasserie. There are also any number of fast food places to choose from.

Best time of day

This tour is okay at anytime, day or night, its best in daylight but there is enough lights with the street lights to make the walk easy. The town never gets that busy.


Aberystwyth is a safe town with very little crime. You will be perfectly safe walking the route. You are in Wales so you can expect rain at any time of year and you are on the coast so expect wind.
Aberystwyth is a sunny place, one of the sunniest places along the coast.


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Aberystwyth Pier and Harbour: A tour of the town’s landmarks and legends