With a wealth of attractions to offer, including a pier on Aberystwyth seafront. The quiet nature of Aberystwyth is one of the reasons why it is a popular place for weekend breaks, however it does have two small cinemas and a golf course. There are also a few conservation areas around Aberystwyth including the Parc Penglais Nature Reserve and the Victorian Camera Obscura. The Ystwyth Trail cycle path is often a favourite pastime in the summer months for both locals and tourists alike.
Boasting several different sporting associations. The local rugby team, Aberystwyth RFC, was formed in 1947 and competes in the Welsh Rugby Union League, whilst the local football team, Aberystwyth Town FC competes in the Welsh Premier League and even managed to reach the finals during the 2008/2009 season. The local cricket club is also very popular and has regularly competed against neighbouring towns since the 1830s.
Aberystwyth is known for having a great tourist trade, plied with dozens of bed and breakfast establishments, as well some particulary good hotels offering very good value B&B rates helping Aberystwyth generate it's own micro-economy. This is because it is located quite some distance away from other cities and towns. This micro-economy generally employs a workforce of students who form the low-pay sector of Aberystwyth. An organic dairy unit is the largest employer in the area and accounts for the majority of the private sector's employment opportunities.