From Aberystwyth with Love

Sophie’s World is (at least in part) about travelling with children. About time the children are heard. Alexandra, my oldest daughter, just finished her MA at Aberystwyth University in Wales. Today, she shares one of her fave features of the city by Cardigan Bay.

Hello and welcome to Aber. I was a student in Aberystwyth for a year and I LOVED the place I lived. I realise that many people know very little about this city, so I thought I’d share one of my Aber faves with you. I hope you enjoy it!

My absolute favourite feature of Aberystwyth is the promenade.

The promenade is over 100 years old, and is separated into a South and North beach with the Pier in the middle. This post is about the northern part, where I lived, and, frankly, the nicest part. Pictured below is one of the halls of residence – or dorms, for you Americans. I lived here! Impossible not to love living here…

The Promenade, Aberystwyth

Below is a view of the end of the promenade with the residence halls and Constitution Hill in the background. The black building is Alexandra Hall. Another reason to love living here!

The Promenade, Aberystwyth

… and the other direction, leading into town:

The Promenade, Aberystwyth

Practically next door is the pub, at the Glengower Hotel, locally known as The Glen. Part of the hotel used to be the house of Sir John Williams, founder of the National Library of Wales – and a suspect in the Jack the Ripper-case. Spooky!

The Glen on the prom, Aberystwyth

The weather can be rough here in far western Wales and locals know not to park their cars on the seafront. This is what happens when the waves hit the shore. Just one night of storms did this.

The prom, Aberystwyth
Revenge of the Irish Sea

But Aberystwyth isn’t always rough:

Sunset over Cardigan Bay

Sun setting on the Promenade, Aberystwyth

Sunset over Cardigan Bay. Seen from my windows!


Alexandra Redisch is a citizen of the world, as Ibsen’s Peer Gynt said, but hails from Norway. She’s a published short story author, old-fashioned mystery fanatic, avid traveller and intense tea drinker. Alex has a BSc in psychology and an MA in creative writing. She just got a book deal – yay!




*From Aberystwyth With Love is one of the many cheekily titled books by Malcolm Pryce, Welsh crime noir author. I’ve cheekily pinched his title.

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59 Responses to “From Aberystwyth with Love”

  1. Alouise 9 January 2012 0010 #

    Aberystwyth looks like a really pretty city. And that view from you window looks amazing.

  2. David Bennett 9 January 2012 0238 #

    I had no idea that Aberystwyth was so pretty, Truth be told, I had not idea it was by the sea. I like the idea of the revenge of the Irish Sea, though. 🙂

  3. Anne-Sophie Redisch 9 January 2012 0240 #

    @Alouise and David – Thanks. Aberystwyth has a gorgeous setting.

  4. Vera Marie Badertscher 9 January 2012 0243 #

    A dorm room with a view of the sea? Where was that when I was picking a college? And huge congrats on the book deal. Like Mama like daughter.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 9 January 2012 0607 #

      @Vera Marie – Haha, I didn’t have much sea view from the dorms either. But then I was at uni in Oklahoma 🙂

  5. RyukyuMike 9 January 2012 0628 #

    Give that Citizen of the World a hug for me. Wow !

  6. Anne-Sophie Redisch 9 January 2012 0805 #

    @Mike – Thanks, I will 🙂

  7. ItalianNotes 9 January 2012 0844 #

    Beautiful photos – I’ll really have to check Aberystwyth out on a map.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 9 January 2012 0855 #

      @ItalianNotes – Thanks, that reminded me I had forgotten to add the map. Will fix 🙂

  8. Mehmet Nariçi 9 January 2012 0902 #

    Very good, beautiful

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2012 2046 #

      Thank you.

  9. Robert 9 January 2012 1202 #

    Very pretty sunset – and daughter!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2012 2047 #

      Thank you. I’m sure she’ll be pleased to hear it 🙂

  10. Angela 9 January 2012 1251 #

    Wow, the last two pictures took my breath away, nice camera con vista you have Alexandra!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2012 2050 #

      Nice student digs, isn’t it? I’d like to have that view from my home.

  11. Bret @ Green Global Travel 9 January 2012 1432 #

    Hey, my daughter’s named Alexandra, too! Congrats on the book deal.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2012 1837 #

      @Bret – May I just say, you have excellent taste in names…

  12. Abby 9 January 2012 1528 #

    Congrats on the book deal!!! I hope to hear from “the children” more often!!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2012 2044 #

      The children will be heard. Only fair, I suppose 🙂

  13. Cathy Sweeney 9 January 2012 2306 #

    Congratulations on your book deal, Alexandra! Enjoyed reading your post. I can see from your photos why you love Aberystwyth. I think I would, too.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2012 2052 #

      Thanks for stopping by, Cathy.

  14. Ana (Ana Travels) 10 January 2012 0227 #

    Congratulations to Alexandra on the book deal and to Sophie too, a proud mum, I’ve no doubt.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2012 2053 #

      Thanks, Ana!

  15. Anthony 10 January 2012 0234 #

    This looks amazingly like Tynemouth, one of my local cities! Gorgeous!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2012 2042 #

      Anthony! I just googled Tynemouth; it looks beautiful. Really about time to visit the north of England. Like my countrymen have done before… mwahahaha!

  16. Lisa 10 January 2012 0342 #

    What a lovely place to go to university – the name alone makes me want to visit!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2012 2051 #

      Yeah, it’s one of those names that just sound fascinating, isn’t it…

  17. Andrea 10 January 2012 0501 #

    I’d call those views a serious distraction! Incredible!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2012 2056 #

      I know what you mean. I’d likely just sit and stare and daydream and not get much done.

  18. Turkey's For Life 10 January 2012 1637 #

    We’ve only been to a few places in Wales and never to Aberystwyth – although I did almost apply to that university myself when I was younger (ended up in sunny Hull instead!). Looks like a pretty place to study.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2012 2054 #

      Not been to sunny Hull yet.

  19. Michael 10 January 2012 2210 #

    Bravo! Totally satisfying to see one’s offspring fly so high, eh. You deserve and have reason to be proud.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2012 2041 #

      Totally! And thank you, Michael!

  20. Christopher 11 January 2012 0917 #

    Ah, the sunset pics with the lamppost! Wonderful! And thank you for including the map. It’s great to see exactly where Cardigan Bay is.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2012 2040 #

      It is a bit off the beaten track, so the map is useful, I think. I like that street light, too. Something Narnian about it…

  21. inka 11 January 2012 0939 #

    Talent runs in the family, Sophie. Lovely post and I adore the sunset pictures.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2012 2039 #

      So kind of you, Inka!

  22. Jeremy Branham 11 January 2012 1726 #

    Beautiful photos! Had no idea you had a daughter that had finished college! 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2012 2023 #

      @Jeremy – Thanks! And yeah, I have a 23-year-old and a 10-year-old.

  23. Jeremy Branham 11 January 2012 2030 #

    I knew you had a younger one just didn’t realize you had one so mature and grown up! 🙂

  24. Michael Figueiredo 11 January 2012 2327 #

    Aw, that’s awesome that you let your daughter guest post! She is a very talented writer and photographer, too, I see. 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 January 2012 2103 #

      Thanks, Michael! Time the children get to speak, I suppose 🙂

  25. robin 11 January 2012 2338 #

    Great post and lovely shots. Congrats on the book deal! Those are some of the classier student digs that I’ve seen!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 January 2012 2105 #

      Nice digs, indeed. And just across the sea from Ireland 🙂

  26. Jean 13 January 2012 1438 #

    I love the structure of the building. Are you the one who took the pictures. Nice shots by the way. I guess being a student there is a lovely experience

  27. Dina 13 January 2012 1442 #

    Great pictures of the promenade Sophie. It’s such a great place to stay. A peaceful place and the people are cool !

  28. Andrew Graeme Gould 13 January 2012 1508 #

    What a beautiful location right on the bay. Thanks for sharing this with us, Alexandra. All the best with the book!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 January 2012 2104 #

      Thanks, Andrew! It really is the most gorgeous promenade there in Aberystwyth.

  29. Sherry 14 January 2012 0105 #

    Oh, Sophie – what a lucky mom you are to have such a beautiful and talented daughter. Congratulations to the both of you on the book deal.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 January 2012 2032 #

      Such kind words, Sherry! Thank you so much.

  30. John 14 January 2012 1351 #

    Aberystwyth doesn’t get much travel coverage so I was pleased to see someone putting that right. My two of my nephews went to university there. One is still there and loving it.
    My preference would be Cardiff though. That’s where I went to university.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 January 2012 2031 #

      Thanks, John. I’m a big fan of Wales, though I’ve not made it to Cardiff yet. Hoping to this summer!

  31. Erica Hargreave @ Roamancing 14 January 2012 2341 #

    Love this! So often we forget in writing about travel to write about the beauty and wonderful experiences in our hometowns.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 22 January 2012 2059 #

      So true, Erica! Sometimes all it takes is looking around the corner. Or out the window…

  32. Robert 1 March 2012 1330 #

    So cool to read about a place I’ve never heatd of and still is so pretty.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 15 April 2012 1806 #

      It is pretty, isn’t it…

  33. Marie 15 April 2012 1804 #

    The photo of the lamp post, the ocean and the sunset is so incredibly beautiful.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 15 April 2012 1807 #

      The Welsh coast is very beautiful indeed, Marie.


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