The Victorians really were an age of bold and innovating people. Building a railway that went up a cliff, or a mountain for that matter was no trouble to them. It is for that reason that we chose the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway as one of our Top 100 attractions in Wales. Being the longest funicular electric cliff railway in Britain, you really are in for a treat as you take your seat in the carriage of this unique attraction. Being quite scared of heights myself, I was full of trepidation before the carriage moved, but as we started to move, I really did feel quite at ease. As we made our way slowly up to the top, the views really were quite magnificent. Once at the top I was surprised to see that these old facilities have now been renovated to a very high standard, and with a lovely cafe style restaurant, lunch at the top is a must.
Aberystwyth Cliff Railway
Attraction in Ceredigion
The northern end of Aberystwyth promenade, Constitution Hill rises dramatically from the sea, providing spectacular and uninterrupted views of the town, Cardigan Bay, and on a clear day 26 mountain peaks spanning much of the length of Wales.The most relaxing way to enjoy this majestic panorama is to travel by train on the longest funicular electric cliff railway in Britain, which has been transporting visitors to the summit since opening in 1896.The recently refurbished summit train station has just been completed, providing much better protection from the elements and updating the structure to ensure a better visitor experience.
Once at the summit visitors can experience the views afforded by the one of the world's largest camera obscuras, which offers a bird's eye view of 1000 square miles of land and seascape. Aside from these two technological masterpieces there are fascinating historical displays, a kids play area, a well-stocked gift shop, and a cafe selling delicious home-made snacks.
Cliff Terrace, ,
Aberystwyth, , Ceredigion, SY23 2DN
Telephone: 01970 617642
Website: http:// www.aberystwythcliffrailway.co.uk