Over the past 200 years Aberystwyth has been home to a wide range of trades and industries, most of which have now vanished. But hidden down backstreets are some amazing spaces that give Aber’s its unique character and charm!
Cerdd Ystwyth Music
7 UPPER PORTLAND STREET, ABERYSTWYTH
Cerdd Ystwyth Music is an independent music shop which has been in Aberystwyth for 28 years. They have customers throughout Wales, the UK and around the world and sell both Welsh and general sheet music, recordings, books and instrument. The shop has two amazing spaces, including an upstairs gallery of musical instruments.
Llyfrau Ystwyth Books
7 PRINCESS STREET, ABERYSTWYTH
Ystwyth Books is one of Wales’ best-known shops for new and second-hand books. It was established in Aberystwyth in 1977 by Terry and Halcyon Hinde. The building was once 2 houses, then an antique shop, then a wholefood cooperative and can be said to have ‘character’, in other words, is showing its age in a (usually) appealing way. It has recently been described as Georgian with Victorian characteristics and is in a Conservation area.
COLISEUM, TERRACE ROAD, ABERYSTWYTH
Home to the Ceredigion Museum since 1982, the Coliseum is one of Aberystwyth’s most unusual buildings. It was built as a theatre in 1904-5, and then used as a cinema from 1932 to 1977. Venture beyond the recently renovated entrance space to explore the breathtaking museum auditorium, which is home to thousands of Ceredigion artifacts. Along with the permanent displays the museum has a lively programme of temporary exhibitions and events.
Albatross Models & Hobbies
29 PIER STREET, ABERYSTWYTH
Step back in time to a truly traditional toy shop, which has been in Aberystwyth for over 30 years. The colourful shelves are crammed full of toys, gifts and collectibles. Just take a look at the 360 photo to see what’s in stock, from pocket-money cars and Lego to Hornby trains and die-cast model kits. Scan the highest op shelves to find classic stock with toys from your childhood.