The lively seaside resort of Aberystwyth is located on the west coast of Wales.  It is surrounded by hills, and lies on the confluence of the Ystwyth and Rheidol rivers.  The town originally grew around its fishing and mining industries.  It became popular in the 19th century as a tourist resort, and its clear bay and views of Snowdon continue to draw in visitors today.  Tourists and students flock to Aberystwyth for its combination of beautiful landscape, history and culture.  The town has a rich cultural heritage, and its attractions include the National Library of Wales and the 13th century Aberystwyth Castle.  Aberystwyth is home to 12,000 residents and more than 8,000 students.  Its university is the oldest in the country, and was founded in 1872.