23 Facts About Aberystwyth


Aberystwyth is a university and seaside town as well as a community in Ceredigion, Wales.

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Aberystwyth University has been a major educational location in Wales since the establishment of University College Wales in 1872.

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Aberystwyth is a university town and tourist destination, and forms a cultural link between North Wales and South Wales.

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Aberystwyth is the home to the national offices of UCAC and Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg, and the site of the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, the Welsh Books Council and the offices of the standard historical dictionary of Welsh, Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru.

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The fortress built in Aberystwyth was located about a mile and a half south of today's town, on a hill over the south bank of the Ystwyth River, thus giving the settlement of Aberystwyth its name.

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Aberystwyth was usually under the control of the princes of Deheubarth, but its position close to the border with Gwynedd and Powys left it vulnerable to attacks from the leaders of those polities.

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Aberystwyth's castle was built in a different location, at the current Castle Hill, the high point of the town.

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Between the years 1404 and 1408 Aberystwyth Castle was in the hands of Owain Glyndwr but finally surrendered to Prince Harry.

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Aberystwyth's image is featured in one of nine mosaics created to adorn the castle's walls.

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Development of Aberystwyth's Port contributed to the town's economic development during the late 18 and early 19 centuries.

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Railway's arrival gave rise to something of a Victorian tourist boom, with Aberystwyth becoming a significant holiday destination for working and middle class families from South Wales in particular.

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Aberystwyth was a contributory parliamentary borough until the Third Reform Act, which merged its representation into that of the county in 1885.

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Aberystwyth hosted the National Eisteddfod in 1865,1916,1952 and 1992.

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North Parade, Aberystwyth was reported to be the most expensive street in Wales in 2018, based on property prices.

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Aberystwyth has five Senedd members, one of whom was elected as a constituency MS for Ceredigion, and four who are elected on the regional list for Mid and West Wales.

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Aberystwyth has a live music scene which has produced bands and artists such as: The Crocketts; The Hot Puppies; Murry the Hump; and The Lowland Hundred.

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Aberystwyth gives its name to a well known hymn tune composed by Joseph Parry.

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Aberystwyth RFC is the local rugby union club and acts as a feeder club to professional side Scarlets.

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Aberystwyth Town FC is a semi-professional football club that was formed in 1884.

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Ceredigion, the county in which Aberystwyth is located, is one of the four most Welsh-speaking counties in Wales and remained majority Welsh speaking until the 2011 census.

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Aberystwyth has two comprehensive schools serving the town and a wide rural area: Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig and Ysgol Penglais School.

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Aberystwyth station is the terminus of the Vale of Rheidol Railway, a steam-operated narrow gauge heritage railway.

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Aberystwyth is a hub for the TrawsCymru bus network, with four routes serving the town:.

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