Re-built in the late 13th century as an Edwardian fortress, Aberystwyth Castle was one of seven major English strongholds that Edward I built in Wales. Following numerous rebellions and change of hands over the centuries, the structure today is almost entirely ruined, but it was once ranked among the greatest castles in Wales.
With its curving sandy beach and green rolling hills, the University town of Aberystwyth today is a great destination for a family holiday. Walkers and cyclists will love it here. As well as miles of dedicated coastal and country paths and routes, Nant-yr-Arian, a purpose-built mountain bike centre, offers some of the best riding in the UK.
There are plenty of quirky shops to explore and a street market every Wednesday. Ultracomida, a bustling deli-café, is the place to pick up Welsh beers, cheese and local hams as well as take-away tapas. Take your tortilla out on to the promenade, or head up to the Aberystwyth castle ruins for a picnic.
Don’t miss – The National Library of Wales and Museum, which offers tours, exhibitions and activities for little ones.