The camera obscura

The first camera obscura was built in Aberystwyth in 1880, in the castle grounds at the opposite end of the promenade. Later re-located to Constitution Hill for a better viewpoint, by the 1920’s it had sadly gone – a casualty of the public’s changing entertainment needs.

This popular re-creation has been one of the prime attractions in the area since its completion in 1985, one that was almost entirely designed and manufactured here in Wales.

The 14-inch lens makes it one of the world’s largest camera obscuras, where you can view the moving colour pictures that fascinated our forefathers. Taking in 1,000 square miles of land and seascape with remarkable clarity, it provides a brilliant experience for the entire family.

Whether you wish to understand more about optical technology or simply take in the glorious views, no trip to the Mid Wales would be complete without experiencing Aberystwyth’s Camera Obscura.

To arrange guided tours or presentations for groups please give us a call on 01970 617642, or contact us at

Please note: The Camera Obscura is closed from November to March.

Opening times: Daily – 11.00am till 5.00pm (last entry 4.45pm).

Indoor and outdoor fun

There’s plenty of things to do and so much fun to be had on Constitution Hill. There’s the ever popular games room with pool, air hockey and 10-pin bowling. It’s the perfect place to keep the kids entertained.

Outside you can have a picnic on top of Constitution Hill, or play on our brand new miniature golf course. If you’re feeling a little more energetic, why not enjoy some frisbee golf. If you don’t have a frisbee, not a problem, we have them in our gift shop.

Booking couldn’t be simpler, just give us a call on 01970 617642 for more details!

If you want to explore, you can follow the coastal path down to Clarach. You’ll be surrounded by the glorious, panaromic views of Cardigan Bay, views that stretch all the way beyond Aberdyfi. On a warm summer’s day, it’s the perfect way to see all that Ceredigion has to offer.

Please note: Dogs are welcome on the trains and across the site. As a courtesy, we only ask that they are well managed and any fouling is taken care of by the owner/handler.

Opening times: Daily – 10.00am till 5.00pm (last entry 4.45pm).

Contact us

Telephone: 01970 617642


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c/o, Alun Davies, Constitution Hill Ltd, Cliff Railway House, Cliff Terrace, Aberystwyth, SY23 2DN.

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