How to Find Us
By Road or Rail
The International Ceramics Festival is held on the campus of Aberystwyth University on the mid-Wales coast. Close to both the sea and the mountains, the Cambrian Coast makes a wonderful venue for this inspirational event.
There is public transport to the festival.
Trains from London Euston change at Birmingham or Wolverhampton. Approx journey time is 5 hours.
There are also regular coach services.
The Festival site at the Arts Centre on Penglais Hill can be reached on foot (20 mins) or take a taxi from the railway or bus stations.
Nearest airports are:
Manchester (3 hours)
Birmingham (2.5 hours)
Cardiff (2.5 hours)
London Airports (5 hours)
Trains from London Euston change at Birmingham or Wolverhampton. Approximate journey time is 5 hours
Visitors to the Festival will be able to stay in University Student Accommodation by pre-booking rooms or in a wide range of hotels, guesthouses and B&B establishments in and round Aberystwyth.
There is not room for all visitors in the on-campus rooms, so early booking is essential.
The university accommodation is in single rooms and is self catering. Each series of rooms has a large well equipped kitchen and dining area.
Further information will be available when booking opens in November 2014.
Extend Your Stay!
Mid Wales is a beautiful part of the UK and there’s plenty to enjoy – so stay a little longer and explore a little!
The Cambrian Mountain is a project that aims to help promote rural enterprise, protect the environment and add value to products and services in Mid Wales. The project was inspired by HRH The Prince of Wales who as the Cambrian Mountains Initiative President wishes to help sustain traditional upland farms and rural communities. The initiative recognises high quality tourism establishments including hotels, restaurants, self-catering accommodation and visitor attractions.
A number of hotels and guest houses in the Cambrian Mountain Initiative are offering special rates for festival attenders, including:
The Falcondale Hotel, Lampeter
The Falcondale hotel and 2AA rosette restaurant near the University town of Lampeter is only 30 minutes from the coastal villages of Cardigan Bay and hilly, marshy regions of the Cambrian Mountains as well as only 40 minutes South of Aberystwyth. A wealth of walking, cycling, fishing, and open gardens within easy reach of this central location in Wales.
All the hotels and guest houses in the initiative are specially selected for quality and are just lovely – they’d give you a relaxing base, with fantastic food, and a chance to get to know Mid Wales a little better. You can find out who they all are at www.cambrianmountains.co.uk.
The Falcondale (Lampeter)
The Metropole (Llandrindod Wells)
Ynyshir Hall (near Machynlleth)
The Castle Hotel (Llandovery)
The New White Lion Hotel (Llandovery)
Lake Country House Hotel & Spa (Llangammarch Wells)
Y Talbot (Tregaron)
Restaurants with rooms and guesthouses
Gwesty Cymru (Aberystwyth)
Guidfa House (Crossgates, near Llandrindod Wells)
Lasswade Country House (Llanwrtyd Wells)
TyMawr Mansion (Cilcennin, Lampeter)
Y Ffarmers, Llanfihangel y Creuddyn (near Aberystwyth)
Luxury Lodges Wales (Trefeglwys)
The Yurt Farm (Penuwch, Tregaron)
Elan Valley Trust cottages (Rhayader)
Tynrhelyg farm cottage (Talybont, Aberystwyth)
Tyllwyd Farm cottage and camping (Cwmystwyth, Aberystwyth)
National Trust Llanerchaeron Estate (between Aberaeron and Lampeter)
The Welsh Quilt Centre (Lampeter)
Ultracomida (Delicatessen – Aberystwyth)
Rhiannon Gold Centre (Tregaron)
Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Aberystwyth)
Vale of Rheidol railway (Aberystwyth)
Elan Valley Visitor Centre (Rhayader)
The National Library of Wales (Aberystwyth)
Ceredigion Museum (Aberystwyth)
Bwlch Nant yr Arian (Aberystwyth)
Strata Florida Abbey (Pontrhydfendigaid)
Camping and Caravanning
There is a choice of campsites only a short distance from Aberystwyth. For more queries regarding camping or to reserve a space please contact the campsites directly.
Midfield Holiday and Residential Park – 2.5 miles from festival. Elevated site with views over Aberystwyth. Large amenity block and children’s play area. Tel: 01970 612542
Aberystwyth Holiday Village – 1.5 miles from Festival. 15 acre site along river Rhiedol. Plenty of facilities. Tel: 01970 624211
Grovenor Caravan Park – 2.5 miles from the festival. Flat site along the river Rheidol with basic facilities. Tel: 01970 612121