For such a small town, so far off the beaten track, Aber' has a problem with the car. Most of the town's layout dates from well before the car but many people come into town by car to work, study and shop. Adding to this is the main coast road between north and south Wales which squeezes its traffic though the town. Aber' has an extensive one way system and there are gridlocks in town and most of the approach roads during the rush-hours. Many of the town's roads have double yellow lines, which leads to a game of 'musical chairs' as cars keep driving around the one-way system waiting for a parking space to free up.
All this despite there being a free[with paid parking ticket] year round park-and-ride scheme just 5 minutes walk from the centre of town (by the large car-park opposite the police compound). Watching the driver confusion at the imaginative road junction on North Parade, (where 2 'in' lanes combine then split into 3 'out' lanes) is becoming the new spectator sport.
The front of the old railway station is now a large pub, with the railway relegated to the side buildings next to platform 1. I don't know whether it's best to describe it as a railway station with a pub or a pub where trains pull into the lobby!
The local bus timetable tends to fall apart around rush hours also the buses can sometimes be too full to pick up any more passengers!
Please note: If you park in large car-park opposite the police compound, there is a free[with paid parking ticket], year round bus service that loops around town every 20 minutes.
National Cycle Route 81 and The Ystwyth Trail terminate in Aberystwyth. When National Cycle Route 82 is complete it will incorporate the Ystwyth Trail in the middle. In recent years Aberystwyth's demonstrated its commitment to cycling by increasing the cycle lanes in town 20 fold. The new cycle lane is about 200m long on a side street leading up to the bridge.
The weather very much determines what there is to do in Aber' so it's important to get a good forecast.
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