* During the Second World War, in order to keep them safe from any London based bombing raids, the crown jewels were expertly hidden in the town. Also relocated there for a period of safekeeping was a copy of the Magna Carta and a range of other items of historical and cultural value to the UK. TTB thinks that, should there be a Third World War, he might pop back to Aber to hide out until the whole thing blows over.
* Aberystwyth is home to Britain’s longest electrical cliff railway and this is located high up on Constitution Hill, at the northern end of the promenade. The Travel Bug loves train rides and always demands to sit at the window seat so that he can look outside. This brings some odd sideways glances from other passengers. The Travel Bug assumes this is because he’s so cute, but his humans know that it’s because people think it’s weird to see grown adults chatting to a ladybird on a train.
* Y Gwyll (English: Hinterland), which is one of the TB’s favourite crime dramas, is set in and around Aberystwyth and you can visit many of the filming locations on a wander around town. The Travel Bug was very excited to find a map of the locations on a local Aber website and likes to flutter round, pretending he’s solving all sorts of heinous crimes.
Do you have any other fascinating facts about Aberystywth to share with The Travel Bug??
Hasta pronto, amigos…