Aberystwyth is a unique seaside resort town because it has a down-market feel in the summer and a university feel during term time when a community of around 9,000 students descends on it. At all times it remains a stronghold of Welsh identity with a preponderance of local independent shops and Welsh spoken on the streets. One of the town’s top experiences is the one-hour ride on the restored Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway, which goes 12 miles up the valley to Devil’s Bridge. The train opened in 1902 to transport lead and timber, and today trains run two to four times daily from next to the main-line train station. Half a mile east of town is the National Library of Wales, a cultural powerhouse situated on a hilltop overlooking Aberystwyth and housing more than five million historic volumes, including the country’s oldest text. The reading room is open to members only but the library hosts changing exhibitions and is home to a child-friendly restaurant and shop, all open to the public. For walkers, Aberystwyth lies on the Ceredigion Coastal Path from Borth to Cardigan, where it links up with the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. For cyclists, the easygoing Rheidol Trail runs 11 miles from the seafront up the pretty Rheidol Valley. The Nant-yr-Arian Forest Visitor Center is an excellent mountain biking center with trails and year round family friendly horse riding and walking trails.