Atop Penglais Hill on the road out of town towards North Wales and the surrounding towns and villages, such as Borth, Machynlleth and Aberdovey, to name but a few, sits the The National Library of Wales in its own imposing grounds, here you will find vast book collections and archives, as well as galleries and displays for visitors, from its car park you will see, undoubtedly, one of the best view of the area.
Aberystwyth Arts Centre is one of Wales’ largest arts centre, if not the largest . It has a wide-ranging artistic programme, Galleries; Theatre; Cinema; Bookshop; Craft & Design Shop; Concert Hall; The Centre has stunning views over the town of Aberystwyth and along the coastline of Cardigan Bay.” It also boasts two whole food cafes, where you can enjoy a delicious meal or snack with the finest of vistas through its picture postcard windows. In the evening you can take in a show, or enjoy a glass of wine in the Theater Bar
This takes one through the stunning Rheidol Valley to its culmination at the breathtaking falls at Devil’s Bridge, where, after visiting the falls, you will be able to purchase refreshments and souvenirs in the village before the return journey.
There are a myriad of walks and coastal paths within the area and a host of wildlife sanctuaries to explore. There is the much publicised and televised Osprey Project between Aberystwyth and Machynlleth, with its much traversed visitor centre. The Wetlands of Borth Bog and its inhabitants; the Red Kite feeding area at Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Centre, which to quote “is a little piece of heaven in the Cambrian Mountains” here you can take scenic walks, venture your biking abilities in the mountain biking area, let your children play in the adventure play areas and puzzle over the ‘Animal Puzzle Trail.’ The Red Kites are fed daily, and are not to be missed - one of the best views is from the Centre’s café with its vista over the lake. The Leisure Centre in Plas Crug is about one mile from Llewelyn Lodge, with its swimming pool, squash courts etc.
The delightful little seaside town of Aberaeron is just a short drive down the stunning coastline to the south, amid its streets, awash with colourful houses, you will find, alongside the normal food and clothing shops, a varied collection of craft, design and souvenir shops, cafes, restaurants and two highly recommended fish and chip shops, Surrounding the little harbour are lots of seats on which to sit and eat your lunch whiling away an hour or two, followed by a delicious speciality honey ice cream from ‘The Hive on the Quay’. Ice Cream Parlour and restaurant. On the outskirts of the town you will find the imposing National Trust House of Llanerchaeron, with its Visitor Centre, beautiful grounds, walled garden and tea shop, an 18th century building designed by John Nash, well worth a visit.
Just a little further on from Aberaeron you will find the quaint and beautiful village of New Quay, you will be mesmerised as you drive down its one winding main street to the harbour, past a myriad of little shops bursting with rubber rings, buckets and spades, crab catching equipment, there is a stunning shell shop and all the paraphernalia that goes with the seaside. You can take boat rides from the harbour to see the Dolphins at play in their natural habitat.
Borth is the first typical seaside village you will come to, it is the ideal place to spend a day with the children on the long golden sandy beach, within a few yards of takeaway food outlets, ice cream and souvenir shops. Just a short drive further along you will come to the Sand Dunes of Ynyslas, great for kiteing, running or walking the dog, or just admiring the view across the estuary to the picturesque town of Aberdovey.
The bustling and historical Market Town of Machynlleth - lies inland about 16 miles from Aberystwyth - on Wednesdays, around its historical and restored stone town clock you will find the wide streets lined with stalls of every description, from home made cakes and goodies, to home grown vegetables, farm produced chickens and eggs, clothes, books and a host of other purchases. On quieter days you can browse the second hand book shops, visit the Tabernacle Museum & Art Gallery. In the old grey stone Glyndwr Centre you will find all the history of Owain Glyndwr, it is said to be where this Welsh hero was crowned Prince of Wales in 1404.
Aberdovey is certainly one of the prettiest small towns in the area, always attracting the holiday visitor, its houses and hotels and Guest Houses straggling up the hill, overlooking the beautiful Dyfi Estuary - you will find pretty colourful little boats bobbing in the small harbour and tasty cafes and restaurants lining its small streets