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Things to do in Ceredigion

Top things to do in Ceredigion

Looking for things to do in Ceredigion? Well, you’ve got plenty of choices! From steam train rides to hikes in the Cambrian Mountains, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

The coastal county of Ceredigion is a haven for adventurers. Whether you’re planning on scaling its sea cliffs or heading further inland to its dramatic mountains, you’ll find so much to be discovered. Even if you’re not really into walking, you’ll find a whole host of other interesting attractions including castles, museums, and art galleries.

To give you some inspiration for your next visit, we’ve put together a list of the best things to do in Ceredigion…

Enjoy a traditional steam train ride on the Vale of Rheidol Railway

Great for: Enjoying your gorgeous surroundings without having to walk anywhere

Vale of Rheidol Railway

The Vale of Rheidol Railway first opened in 1902 and has retained much of its Edwardian charm ever since. Visitors can hop aboard a traditional steam train and enjoy a picturesque journey through the beautiful Rheidol Valley. Along the way, you’ll pass by enchanting ancient woodlands and the Cambrian Mountains – keep your eyes peeled for the mighty Devil’s Bridge waterfall along the way.

Address: Park Ave, Aberystwyth SY23 1PG

Discover the rich history of the country at the National Library of Wales

Great for: Learning about the history of Ceredigion and beyond

The biggest library in the county, the National Library of Wales is home to over 6.5 million books as well as a huge collection of archives, maps, and photographs of Wales. Dedicated to collecting a preserving the history of the region, the library allows visitors to access its reading rooms and exhibitions throughout the year. A popular attraction for both locals and visitors alike, it’s definitely worth a visit if you’ll be in the area.

Address: Penglais Rd, Aberystwyth SY23 3BU

Take a walk around the historic Cardigan Castle

Great for: Discovering 900 years of local history

Cardigan Castle

© Cardigan Castle

Overlooking the River Teifi, Cardigan Castle is a Grade I listed building dating all the way back to the late 11th century. Restored in the early 2000s, it was first opened up to the public in 2015. Visitors can now stroll the grounds, dine out at the onsite restaurant, and even watch a live music performance. The castle has even become a popular wedding venue in recent years!

Address: Green Street, Cardigan SA43 1JA

Discover more castles in West Wales and check out these top castles in Pembrokeshire or 9 castles in Carmarthenshire that you must visit!

Watch a performance at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Great for: Rainy days, or an evening of getting dressed up!

The Aberystwyth Arts Centre is a hub for music, theatre, and comedy performances throughout the year. For those with an artistic flair, short art courses are regularly held and are a great way to spend a rainy afternoon in Aberystwyth. Bring along some watercolour paints and let the creative juices flow!

Address: Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth SY23 3DE

Hike over to the magical Devil’s Bridge Falls

Great for: Ticking this stunning waterfall off your ‘must-see’ list

Devil's Bridge Falls

One of the best places to visit in West Wales, a world-famous attraction and one of the best waterfalls in Wales.

In the heart of the Cambrian Mountains, the Devil’s Bridge Falls can be found just 12 miles outside the town of Aberystwyth. Attracting visitors since the early 18th century, these captivating waterfalls have been documented by William Wordsworth in his famed ‘To the Torrent at the Devil’s Bridge’ poem. There is a dedicated nature trail to the falls, which takes around 45 minutes to complete.

Address: Woodlands, Pontarfynach, Aberystwyth SY23 3JW

Spend a day in the enchanting Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest

Great for: Taking the pooch out for a good walk

Bwlch Nant yr Arian

Set in an elevated position overlooking both Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains, the Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest is a great place for scenic walks with the family. With a range of waymarked trails through its beautiful woodlands, there’s a walk to suit every ability level. For those bringing their mountain bikes along, you’ll also find a skills park with a purpose-built track.

Address: Bwlch Nant yr Arian, Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth SY23 3AB

Soak up the sunshine on Tresaith Beach

Great for: Making sandcastles on the beach

tresaith beach

Tresaith Beach is a small, sandy bay that can be found outside of Aberporth in the village of Tresaith. With its soft sands and rock pools, there’s plenty to keep children entertained on summer days. For those who love to get on the water, there’s ample opportunity for surfing, swimming, and sailing. After a fun day, you can stroll into the village and enjoy a hearty pub lunch.

Address: 61 Heol Y Graig, Aberporth, Cardigan SA43 2JL

Hike to the summit of Pumlumon Fawr

Great for: Enjoying the spectacular views from the top

Pumlumon Fawr in the distance

The highest point of the Cambrian Mountains, the hike up to the summit of Pumlumon Fawr offers a great challenge for keen hikers. With an elevation of around 2,468 ft, it’s quite a steep climb to the top so we’d advise dressing appropriately and bringing some snacks along to keep you refuelled. There are quite a few trails that take you to the top, the shortest being just 3.5 miles and the longest being a 13 miles trek through Hafren Forest.

Address: Aberystwyth SY23 3LE

Take the family to The Magic of Life Butterfly House

Great for: A family day out when the weather isn’t great

Butterfly House

The Magic of Life Butterfly House is an all-weather, indoor tropical house set in the scenic Rheidol Valley near Aberystwyth. Run by botanists, this unique attraction is home to a whole host of interesting butterfly, insect and plant species. From the brilliant blues of the Achilles Morpho to the fiery hues of the Red Admiral, you’ll be amazed at just how beautiful these little creatures are!

Address: Cwm Rheidol, Aberystwyth SY23 3NB

Planning a visit to the county soon? Our Ceredigion cottages offer all you need for a fun-filled weekend away in Wales. Whether you need a family home or perhaps a romantic holiday cottage for two, we’ve got the perfect cottage awaiting your arrival. Choose from sea view cottages, remote retreats, and mountain cottages– among many more. Take a look at our lovely selection and get planning your next break away today! And for inspiration on the best beaches to visit whilst you’re here, read our blog on Stunning Beaches in Cardigan Bay!