Well, if you won't be too bored of trains by then, The Vale of Rheidol steam railway will take you through the countryside to Devil's Bridge and accompanying waterfalls
or you can take the cliff railway up Constitution Hill to the Camera Obscura
or take the bus to Ynyslas and its extensive sand dunes and walk back down the beach towards Borth for the usual cafes, seaside tat for kids (candy floss, beach games etc):
Other Aber attractions are listed here:
I should add that you can also walk along the cliff path from Constitution Hill to Clarach Bay, where there is a beach and (to the adult eye) a rather unlovely holiday park but (from a 7 y.o.'s perspective) an earthly paradise of ice-cream booths, mini-golf and dodgems ;-)
It's on Google Maps if you care to check it out.
When on the train sit on the left side in the direction of travel, when the train gets to Shrewsbury it will leave in the direction it arrived so you would then be on the right hand side of the train. When the train leaves Machynlleth & gets near Dovey Junction ( can't remember if it is before or after DJ ) look out for the Ospreys nest, it is on top of a man made post, if you are lucky you may see the young Osprey popping their heads up . This side of the train will give you lovely views of the estuary. From Aberystwyth town, it is possible to walk south to Pendinas iron age hill fort, approx 30 minute walk to the top. Also just outside the town is Penglais nature reserve, an area of woodland & disused quarry, it is just off the main road leating up to the University. The 512 bus leaves Aberystwyth from by the train station at 44 minutes past the hour to Borth & Ynyslas & takes half an hour. Buses return from Ynyslas at 15 minutes past the hour. Trains take around 15 minutes from Aberystwyth to Borth.
I've been thinking about your question today. I had a walk along the seafront in Aberystwyth & up into & around the castle ruins. Although Borth & Ynyslas are lovely, on a day trip you would find plenty to do in Aberystwyth. Bearing in mind you would need to eat at some point !
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