The Academy

The Academy is located at the top of Great Darkgate Street in the heart of AberystwythWith a large open plan layout split over two levels, The Academy delivers a great range of beer, wine & spirits and live sports. With regular events and live music, The Academy is one of a kind.

In light of the Government’s latest guidance, we are temporarily closed. We will be back open as soon as we possibly can but would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your loyalty and continued support.


The Academy is housed in a chapel  built on the site of the Three Jolly Sailors pub.  In 1855, the Three Jolly Sailors’ landlord, Thomas Edwards, was fined for “keeping his house open at improper hours”, after PC Isaac Morgan had heard the noise of people drinking there at 1am on a Sunday. By c.1870 the pub had closed and the building and its forecourt were used by hatter William Jones, who later helped create Aberystwyth’s camera obscura. Subsequently the building was occupied by butcher Cornelius Roberts .

In 1875 or 1876, the Welsh Wesleyans bought the Three Jolly Sailors and two adjoining houses for £300, to build a replacement for their Salem Chapel in Queen Street. Local MP and industrialist David Davies laid the foundation stone for St Paul’s Chapel and donated £100. He was a staunch Methodist and disapproved strongly of drinking alcohol.

The Academy entrance is framed by dramatic classical columns. The Ten Commandments and a psalm are still displayed on the walls and you can also still see the chapel’s pulpit inside The Academy.

The Academy

5 St James's Square,
Aberystwyth SY23 1DU,


Great Darkgate Street,
Aberyswyth Dyfed,
SY23 1DE

01970 636852


  • Function rooms
  • Live sports
  • Regular events
  • Traditional beers
  • Wifi