We recommend

Aberystwyth Cliff Railway would like to take the opportunity to recommend:

Accommodation now available in the newly renovated Cliff Railway Apartment. A unique place to stay at the heart of Cardigan Bay.

Bookings can be made at: www.cottages4you.co.uk

The Vale Of Rheidol Railway 

Take a trip on this lovely steam train, travelling through the stunning Welsh countryside to the magestic Devil's Bridge Waterfalls - Not to be missed!

Website: http://www.rheidolrailway.co.uk

Borth Animalarium

Fantastic fun for all the family with daily feeding and animal shows. Buy your feed pot on the way in and make friends with the inhabitants!

Website: http://www.animalarium.co.uk

Maes-Y-Mor Guest House

Self Catering Holiday Accomodation in a superb central location perfect for exploring!

Website: www.maesymor.co.uk/index.html

Maes Bach

Self Catering Holiday Accomodation.

Website: www.aberaccommodation.com

If you would like to see your company name, and a brief bio and reciprocal link on this page, please call us on 01970 617642.

the view from the top of constitution hill

Contacting us

If you have any queries regarding, please give us a call on 01970 617642 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For postal enquiries, please make all correspondence for the attention of: Alun Davies, Constitution Hill Ltd, Cliff Railway House, Cliff Terrace, Aberystwyth, SY23 2DN.

Finding us

Finding us from the centre of Aberystwyth couldn't be simpler. If you take the train station as your starting point, walk straight ahead for about a quarter of a mile, and when you get to the promenade look to your right and there we are.

If you have any questions about getting to the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway, please don't hesitate to call us on 01970 617642

summer in Aberystwyth from the top of the cliff railway

About us

Aberystwyth Cliff Railway is operated by Constitution Hill Ltd, a registered charity with the trustees all volunteers from the local community.

photo 1As a non-profit organisation all of our profits are ploughed back into ongoing restorative projects, with every visitor who rides the train, or buys a coffee helping us to fund this continuing programme.

In recent years the work of the non-profit organisation has resulted in great strides being made towards restoring the hill to its former glory and making it fully accessible to all.

This includes the construction of ramps between the top station and the camera obscura ensuring that this fascinating attraction can be accessed by those with wheelchairs, prams and pushchairs.

In terms of restoration some financial resources have been generated through the securing of heritage grants, whilst our largest project has being the construction in 2005 of ‘Y Consti’ our new cafe/restaurant and gift shop built thanks to Objective One funding.

We would also like to thank ‘Enfys’ a charity based in North Wales whose grant paid for much of the display work and educational resources around the site.

Anyone wishing to make a donation towards our efforts can do so by contacting Alun Davies at Constitution Hill Ltd, Cliff Railway House, Cliff Terrace, Aberystwyth, SY23 2DN, or by calling us on 01970 617642.

Likewise we would be grateful to hear from anybody who feels that they have a skill to contribute in terms of volunteer labour.

Thank you for visiting our website, and we hope to see you on the hill top in the near future.


The Constitution Hill Team. 

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The cliff Railway section...

the cliff railway on constitution hill in aberystwyth 710

Welcome to Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

At the northern end of Aberystwyth promenade, Constitution Hill rises dramatically from the sea, providing spectacular and uninterrupted views of the town, Cardigan Bay, and on a clear day 26 mountain peaks spanning much of the length of Wales.

The most relaxing way to enjoy this majestic panorama is to travel by train on the longest funicular electric cliff railway in Britain, which has been transporting visitors to the summit since opening in 1896.

The recently refurbished summit train station has just been completed, providing much better protection from the elements and updating the structure to ensure a better visitor experience.

Once at the summit visitors can experience the views afforded by the one of the world’s largest camera obscuras, which offers a bird’s eye view of 1000 square miles of land and seascape.

Aside from these two technological masterpieces there are fascinating historical displays, a kids play area, a well-stocked gift shop, and a cafe selling delicious home-made snacks.

With such a combination of attractions, Constitution Hill offers a great day out for all. To find out more about the Cliff Railway or any of our other attractions, please feel free to call us on 01970 617642 and we will endeavour to answer any questions you may have.

A quick history of the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway:

    • The Aberystwyth Cliff Railway opened in 1896 and operated on a water balance system until electrification in 1921.
    • The unique design of the undulating track and tilted carriages is the work of George Croydon Marks, a man who played a key role in several projects during the golden age of funicular construction, and later made his name in politics as Lord Marks the liberal peer.
    • the historic aberystwyth cliff railway 240The carriages are hauled to the summit at a stately 4 miles per hour, and are powered by a powerful motor and high-tensile steel cables supported by a sophisticated electronic safety system.
    • In the mid-section of the journey the railway is in a deep cutting, where 12,000 tons of rock was excavated to allow the winding footpath to cross overhead on a series of bridges.
    • Constitution Hill was the Victorian predecessor of our modern-day theme parks and is still amongst the most popular attractions in the area.
    • The visitors to the Victorian 'Luna Park' accessed the hilltop recreation area via the cliff railway and a century later it is still possible to retrace the steps of our ancestors on this funicular steeped in history.

To find out more about the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway come and visit us, we're open throughout the year. There’s no need to book in advance, just pop up to the ticket office, and hop onboard. With trains running every few minutes, you can let the train take you to one of the best views in Wales.

If you have any questions, please call us on 01970 617642, we look forward to hearing from you.