The area surrounding Devil's Bridge and Aberystwyth is full of activities and places of interest. Here is a selection of our favourites.
Places to Visit
Aberaeron is a pretty harbour town on the coast around fifteen minutes south of Aberystwyth. Distinctive for its multi-coloured houses, the town contains a number of delicatessens, cafes and shops, as well as some of the more 'traditional' seaside attractions (honey ice creams at the Hive cafe on the harbour front are particularly recommended!).More...
Portmeirion is a bit of a longer drive from Devil's Bridge, but is a thoroughly rewarding destination. Famous internationally as the location for The Prisoner TV series starring Patrick McGoohan, this unique, hyper-Italianate architectural phenomenon was the work of Sir Clough William-Ellis. It also inspired Noel Coward in the writing of his play, Blithe Spirit while staying in the village.
Today the village is a famous tourist attraction and hotel destination. As well as the centre of the village itself, there are several picturesque walks taking you up into the woods above, and down to the spectacular beach below. Highly recommended.
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The University Town of Aberystwyth is a unique place to discover, with fond associations for many visitors, graduates and residents alike. Its Victorian-Edwardian seafront is bookended by the ruins of Aberystwyth castle at one end, and the Cliff Railway at the other. Relatively remote in location, Aberystwyth is surprisingly cosmopolitan and worldly in its outlook. In the winter months you can find yourself cosying up with a glass of wine in a Spanish delicatessen as much as any of its more 'traditional' pubs and cafes.
'Aber' (as you will quickly end up calling it) also features heavily in the new police thriller TV series Hinterland, as well as featuring (quite logically) in the Aberystwyth Noir series of novels by Malcolm Pryce.
New Quay is a little further down the Ceredigion coast from Aberystwyth and Aberaeron. This seaside town is a popular tourist destination with its picturesque harbour and beach, but we also recommend wandering the streets above where you will find some lovely shops and cafes.
The town has also been linked to Dylan Thomas as partly the inspiration for his fictional town of Llareggub in Under Milk Wood.More...
Things to Do
Cambrian Safaris offers personal guided tours in a Land Rover Discovery along several tailored routes through the spectacular landscapes around Devil's Bridge. Richard and Hester Smith know the area thoroughly, having respectively worked at the Llywernog Silver Lead mine Museum and the Devil's Bridge Waterfalls. Get picked up from the barn and be taken on an exciting trip down paths and routes that you would never think to drive on yourself, and discover the hidden treasures of the area!
Lots more information on the tours can be found on the Cambrian Safaris website.More...
Centre for Alternative Technology
Based near Machynlleth (about a forty minute drive from the barn), this visitors centre is worth a trip, especially with older children. A water-balanced cliffside railway transports visitors from car parking up to the main centre, where a wide range of interactive exhibits is waiting to be explored. The centre is also a working educational centre rather than just a tourist attraction, a 'living laboratory' showcasing the latest in environmental energy technologies.
Machynlleth itself is well-worth stopping to peruse the shops and cafes. CAT run a small cafe on the town's main high street.
Further Information: Centre for Alternative TechnologyMore...
Bwlch Nant Yr Arian
Bwlch Nant Yr Arian is one of our favourite walks in the area. There are several walks and biking trails for varying abilities and a Red Kite observation area, as well as a modern Visitors Centre and cafe.
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Places to Eat
Y Ffarmers / The Farmers
Is a husband-and-wife-run pub restaurant in the village of Llanfihangel y Creuddyn near Aberystwyth (about twenty minutes' drive from the barn). Chef-owner Rhodri Edwards aims to create a menu using locally-sourced produce as much as possible. Choice dishes from the October 2013 menu include Penlan Pork Rilettes and Ystwyth Valley Lamb Tagine... Reasonably priced for the high quality, and highly recommended.
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The Harbour Master
The Harbour Master Hotel in Aberaeron is a modern seafood restaurant found in the pretty coastal town of Aberaeron, about fifteen minutes' drive down the coast from Aberystwyth. As well as its main restaurant, there is a gastropub-style bar catering for lunch and lighter meals. In the main restaurant, expect to pay around £30 a head - well worth it!
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The Treehouse in Aberystwyth (found between the high street and the seafront on Baker Street) occupies the floors above its companion shop, dedicated to organic produce. Snug and always busy, the cafe serves a wide range of snacks and meals using all organic ingredients - with at least one special a day made from all-Welsh, locally sourced produce. Great also for children, a good pitshop while shopping in Aberystwyth's back streets.
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This award-winning Spanish delicatessen can be found just up from the seafront on Pier Street in Aberystwyth. It stocks an expansive range of wines, cheese and meats from around the world, with an emphasis on local Welsh produce as well as from Spanish producers. As well as supplying many local restaurants in the area, at the back of the Pier Street delicatessen, you can stop at their own accompanying restaurant for a meal, or get shopping and take your selection back to the barn to enjoy!
More information: UltracomidaMore...