A vigorous walk up the 430 foot (131 metre) high Constitution Hill will be well worth the effort to enjoy the panoramic views of Cardigan Bay, Llyn Peninsula, Snowdonia and the nearby university town of Aberystwyth.
There’s something for everyone here for the adventurers amongst you or if you simply want to relax at the summit’s complex.
By rail or by foot?
Tucked away on the cliff side of this hill is home to Britain’s longest funicular electric cliff railway (778 foot-long / 237 metres) – the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway.
It has been transporting visitors to the summit since it’s opening in 1896 and still to this day is very popular with the young and old.
Whether you walk the well-established winding path or travel at a leisurely 4 miles per hour on the funicular, your efforts will be rewarded when you reach the summit.
Magnificent views, a cup of tea and a slice of cake in the popular café and a play area for the children – what more could you ask for a great family day out?
The Aberystywth (Constitution Hill) Coast and Woodland walk
The longest circular route is 3.5 miles / 6km but shorter routes can be taken.
Take in the views of the 400 million old rocks along the coastline and try and spot birds like cormorants, fulmar and kestrels.
If you’re lucky, you may be able to spot bottlenose dolphins and Harbour Porpoises from this fantastic high vantage point. Keep a pair of binoculars handy!
Bring out the adventurers in you and head inland on the path to get a taste of Penglais Woods and Cwm Woods – a fine display of bluebells in the spring awaits you!
The Camera Obscura
Perched at the summit of Constitution is one of world’s largest camera obscuras. A recreation of a popular Victorian feature, it has a massive 14 inch lens which this lets you observe about 1,000 square miles of land and seascape with amazing clarity and precision.
Let the children choose their adventure and see where the camera obscura takes them!