The Aberystwyth Electric Cliff Railway - the longest electric cliff railway in Britain - is one of the most popular attractions in Aberystwyth. It climbs Constitution Hill from the northern end of the town's promenade; trains run every few minutes during the spring, summer and early autumn.
As the little carriages are drawn up towards the summit of Constitution Hill, an amazing panorama is revealed. On a clear day, the view extends as far as the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire to the south, while the whole expanse of Cardigan Bay opens out to the west. To the north, the mountains of Snowdonia can often be seen rising dramatically out of the bay like islands. Traditionally a clear view to the south is thought to forecast good weather; a clear view northwards is said to promise rain.
At the summit of Constitution Hill is a café and the famous Camera Obscura. The present building is a recreation of the Victorian original. As the carefully-balanced mirror revolves, detailed views of the surrounding countryside are thrown onto the table in the centre of the building.
The Cliff Railway also provides the simplest start to the beautiful walk over the cliff-tops to Clarach Bay, from where you can catch a bus back to Aberystwyth.
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