Aberystwyth is a historic market town, which later developed into a popular Victorian seaside resort known as the ‘Biarritz of Wales’ and has recently gained international fame as the location for the television detective series Hinterland/Y Gwyll. Located on the spectacular west coast of Wales, the seafront boasts a range of Victorian and Edwardian buildings complete with a pier and spacious promenade. From here you can look over Cardigan Bay spotting dolphins, view the stunning sunsets or watch the famous winter starling murmuration.
Beyond the seafront you can visit the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway, the longest funicular railway in the UK leading you to the Camera Obscura, or take the Vale of Rheidol Railway out to the famous Devil’s Bridge Waterfalls. The National Library of Wales, with its collection of books, archives and galleries overlooks the town, which is itself studded with many interesting historic buildings including a range of chapels and churches, and Ceredigion Museum, a former theatre and cinema.
Train – Trains leave from Birmingham International on an hourly basis and run through Shrewsbury. Connections can also be made at Shrewsbury from Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool and Manchester. For details on the timetable, please use Trainline.
Car – If you are coming from the North (Bangor, Chester, and Liverpool) the road into Aberystwyth is the A487. From the East (Hereford and Birmingham) the road coming into Aberystwyth is the A44. From the South (Cardiff) there are two options. You can go along the A470 or the costal road (A487).
Arriving in Aberystwyth – Aberystwyth Railway Station is situated in the town centre, adjacent to the Bus Station and Taxi Rank. For details of services and facilities at Aberystwyth Station (including accessibility), please visit National Rail Enquiries. The 03 bus service runs every 20 – 30 minutes from the railway station to the front of the Arts Centre. (Lift access from the drop off point to the Arts Centre Plaza & lower Level is available.) On foot the walk to the Arts Centre takes approximately 25 minutes.
Aberystwyth University’s Bunkhouse accommodation has up to 90 individual bedrooms. Rooms are available at a Bed & Breakfast rate of £36 per person per night, with breakfast served in the TaMed Da restaurant located on the main university campus. Complimentary access to state of the art sports facilities including gym and swimming pool. For details and booking please click here: https://shop.aber.ac.uk/product-catalogue/cyrsiau-cynadleddau-a-gweithdai-courses-conferences-workshops/gorffennol-digidol-2020-digital-past-conference-2020/llety-byncws-bunkhouse-accommodation
Bunkhouse on ‘AccessAble’: https://www.accessable.co.uk/venues/bunkhouse
There is also a wide range of other hotels and bed & breakfasts available in and around the town: https://www.booking.com
Digital Past 2020 is being held in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. The Arts Centre, Wales’ largest, is an award-winning art centre recognised as a ‘national flagship for the arts’. Located at the centre of the University Campus, the Arts Centre is a department of Aberystwyth University and is a member of the Institute of Arts and Humanities (IAH). The complex includes a cinema, theatre and concert hall as well as a range of cafés, bars and shops.
Aberystwyth Arts Centre on ‘AccessAble’: https://www.accessable.co.uk/aberystwyth-university/access-guides/arts-centre
The conference dinner will be held at Y Consti, reached by the funicular railway and set amid a breathtaking setting.
Parking – Free parking will be provided at the upper car park (signposted on the day). Parking spaces are reserved next to the main entrance approach for drivers with limited mobility. Two spaces are also available at the rear of the theatre, with level access into the main foyer.
Accessibility – Wheelchair access is available to all auditoria and workshop spaces in the venue. There is full access at ground level via the main foyer and box office, by lift up to the theatre foyer and by stair lift down to the lower level.
Guide dogs and assistance dogs are welcomed.
Toilet facilities are accessible on all levels except the lower foyer. Hearing loops are installed in the Great Hall, Theatre and Cinema.
If you would like to check on any access issues at the Arts Centre, please call 01970 622882.
Faith Space – There is a Faith Space available on the Lower Level.
Wi-Fi – Free wi-fi will be provided during the conference.
The official languages of the conference are Welsh and English. We must inform you that some talks will be held in the medium of Welsh and simultaneous translation will be provided. Questions and discussion in Welsh are also welcomed during the sessions, and translators will be on hand to facilitate this.
Photographs will be taken throughout the conference for promotion purposes. Please let a member of staff know if you do not want your picture taken.