On Sunday’s we have been getting out and about as a family and exploring areas by train that are in and around Birmingham, England. We call it Sunday Funday! This past Sunday we day tripped by train over to Aberystwyth, Wales. (prounced: Abber-wrist-with). It is a 3 hour train ride from Birmingham, England to this coastal town in Wales. The views from Shrewbury England(on the border of England and Wales) to Aberystwyth were some of the best we have seen so far on our train adventures. I always imagined all train rides in and around England would be views of bright green rolling hills, quaint farm houses, fields of sheep, etc. A lot of the train rides are within and around the city so we don’t have those views but this train ride we did. Happy Times. A lot of the fields of sheep also had newly born lambs. So cute. We saw a lot of pheasant as well.
Spotted some snow on top of the hills on the way to Wales.
Aberystwyth is a coastal town in Wales and is located on Cardigan Bay, which then stretches into the Irish Sea. The town is nestled between 3 hills and 2 beaches and boasts a wide promenade, castle ruins, a pier and harbour. The seafront has Victorian/Edwardian buildings and the Castle ruins are from the 12th/13th century. We had a lovely time walking around and checking out the sites.
Views for days
Aberystwyth Castle Ruins
After exploring the town, we decided to ride the funicular-the electric railway that climbs up Constitution Hill. The railway was operated by a water balance system. The railway opened in 1896 and became electric in 1921. It is the longest electric cliff railway in Britain. Once at the top we had amazing panorama views of the town, the bay, cliffside, hills, etc. On a clear day you can see Mt. Snowdon in Snowdonia National Park. We had light rain on and off during the day, some clouds, wind and some sun. I think we had it all, but alas we could not see Mt. Snowdon.
Riding the fun Funicular on Sunday Funday!
I love how Wales always has the Welsh and English spellings posted. Welsh is one tough language!
After all of all our exploring we walked through some of the streets of the town, had a late lunch and then hopped back on the train back to Birmingham. Aberystwyth is quite popular in the warmer months but it was nice to explore when it was not crowded.
An adorable Welsh orange ditty kitty that we spotted while walking around the town.