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Title: Ysbryd y Mwynwyr - Spirit of the Miners
Ystrad EinionWheelhouse, Bryn yr ArianCwm Ystwyth


Aberystwyth is the principle town of Ceredigion. Accessible by road or rail, it's many shops, bars, cafe's, restaurants and hotels make it an ideal place to stay and enjoy the sights of northern Ceredigion.

Aberystwyth Sunset

Aberystwyth has numerous historic buildings and landmarks which are now the focal point of the Aberystwyth skyline. They include Aberystwyth Castle, the National Library of Wales, Constitution Hill, Aberystwyth harbour, the Marina and the Hillfort at Pen Dinas. All are part of the history of this seaside town. Aberystwyth is fortunate to have a number of facilities providing information both on a local and National level.

Although not obvious today, much of the wealth of Aberystwyth came from its industrial growth in the 1800's. The harbour was made more accessible to shipping and many of its impressive buildings were built with industrial money. Aberystwyth's links with mining were formed many years earlier in the 1600's when Thomas Bushell established the mint at Aberystwyth Castle.

There were many foundries and smelting plants - all now long gone, and a service industry grew to support the mines of the uplands. Production and transport of ore, explosives and other mining materials provided employment for many local people.

Visit the innovative mosaics showing the history of Aberystwyth along the promenade near the Castle site.

Inside Ceredigion Museum

Two excellent facilities for exploring the history of Ceredigion are:
The Ceredigion Museum which is housed in the 'Coliseum', a restored Edwardian Theatre and has been described as 'one of the most beautiful museum interiors in Britain'.
The Ceredigion Archives preserves and makes available to the public various records about the history of Ceredigion.

National Library of Wales

The National Library of Wales contains a large collection of pictures and photographs, maps, sound recordings and moving images of Wales and other Celtic nations. All of which can be viewed within the building. Exhibitions, films, talks, live performances and lectures in the new lecture theatre 'the drwm' are also arranged throughout the year. The NLW also houses vast informtion and collections on the history of mining not only in Ceredigion but further afield.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Visit the Aberystwyth Arts Centre to enjoy performances and exhibitions, live comedy and contemporary and classical musical performances. The comprehensive gift shop is also open most days, selling music, arts and crafts and an interesting selection of toys for the (not so) younger visitor.

View from Constitution Hill

For a commanding view over the town, the Camera Obscura can be reached by taking a trip up the Victorian cliff railway on Constitution Hill

Why not take a leasurley trip on the Vale of Rheidol Railway linking Aberystwyth to Devils Bridge in the heart of mining country with its dramatic waterfalls and spectacular scenery.

Alternatvely if you prefer, why not take a car ride from Aberystwyth to Penrhyncoch - Pen dam - Nant Yr Arian before arriving back on the A44 at Ponterwyd.

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For more general information on Aberystwyth visit:

Visit Aberystwyth
Aberystwyh Online
Royal Commission on the Ancient Monuments of Wales

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