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Rhyl & Prestatyn


Paddling pool, Rhyl Drift Park

here comes the sun

Everybody loves the great British seaside. You cant beat it. The sand between your toes, the breeze in your hair and a great big ice cream in your hand. Its enough to put a smile on anyones face. Rhyl and Prestatyn on the North Wales coast have been doing just that for about 180 years. So weve had plenty of time to perfect our warm Welsh welcome. Not to mention our warm Welsh weather. Forget what you might have heard because Rhyl and Prestatyn are officially sunnier than the national average. Its one reason why were among the nations best-loved resorts. In fact, to a large part of the nation, we are the seaside. Were just an hour from Liverpool and Manchester and a couple of hours from the West Midlands. So for millions of people were about the nearest place where they can build a sandcastle or hear the hiss of the surf. Lots of them come back every year. Partly because some things never change the sun, sea, sand and sense of fun. And partly because every year they find something different. We may be traditional but we move with the times. We give the seaside holiday a bit of a twist. And theres always something going on. If you want to keep up, you can find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. You can also download our new app by searching under Rhyl and Prestatyn at the iTunes store. Or if youre pretty traditional yourself, you can call our Tourist Information Centre on 01745 344515 or 355068.


Beach life Out and about Indoor adventure Walkers are welcome Ride of a lifetime Keep it natural Thats entertainment Counter culture Art history Win a holiday Out of town Events 2013

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Published by the Tourism Department, Denbighshire County Council, Yr Hen Garchar, 46 Clwyd Street, Ruthin LL15 1HP in January 2013. Written and designed by White Fox 01352 840898 Photography: Orange Imaging, Mischa Haller, Crown Copyright (2013) Visit Wales.
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beach life
Theres something important you need to know. Rhyl and Prestatyn are two separate towns with two distinct personalities. Rhyl is a bold, confident sort of place. Its packed with family-friendly attractions and it keeps going long after the sun has gone down. Prestatyn has its share of thrills but its a bit more laidback. Its proud of its heritage and its thriving arts scene. And as the gateway to the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Offas Dyke National Trail, it welcomes walkers from all over the world. But theres one big thing Rhyl and Prestatyn have in common. Sand. Seven miles of clean, golden sand, to be precise, stretching all the way from one town to the other. So grab your towel and pick up your flip-flops. Its time to hit the beach.

You dont have to do anything with our miles and miles of sand except lie on it or make the occasional sandcastle. But that does seem a bit of a waste of an awful lot of space. Even a game of beach cricket wont stretch that far, unless youve brought Freddie Flintoff on holiday with you. What you need is a landboard, a kite buggy or a sand yacht. Theyre getting more and more popular. Maybe its because they offer all the thrills of traditional watersports but without getting wet. All you need is a sea breeze check. And plenty of sand double check. Before you know it, our glorious beach will just be a golden blur.

From May to September our team of beach lifeguards, the only one in North Wales, operates all the way from the blue bridge at Rhyl to the sailing club at Prestatyn. Theyre all fully qualified in open water rescue skills, life support and first aid. And theyre equipped with a rapid response 4x4, two all-terrain vehicles, defibrillators and oxygen. All mighty reassuring, even if you just have a scraped knee, a touch of sunburn or a jellyfish sting. Our lifeguards normally work from 10am to 4.30pm but if the suns beating down they could well be around for longer. If their red and yellow flags are flying, youll know theyre keeping a protective eye on you and your family.

We know how much pooches love the seaside. So weve tried to make our beaches as dog-friendly as possible. Its just that from May to September they have to stick to their own stretches of sand. The quietest and widest stretches, naturally. Dogs are welcome any time from Old Golf Road in Rhyl all the way to Ffrith beach in Prestatyn. And theyre free to romp from the end of Prestatyns Barkby beach towards Gronant Dunes nature reserve and Talacre lighthouse. Just as long as theyre on a lead. In the summer season the central beaches in Rhyl and Prestatyn are for humans only. Sorry, Rover. We dont want you knocking over any sandcastles. 5

Rhyl Drift Park

out and about

A stroll along the prom is always a pleasure. But Rhyls award-winning Drift Park takes it to a completely new level. Designed to make the most of the stupendous views across the beach and guarded by 14-metre tall beacons of slate, timber and copper, the Drift Park has five separate zones. First is the water play area with its huge paddling pool (complete with lifeguards) and gushing water jets. Then theres an open-air theatre. A mini golf course. A childrens play garden with rides and climbing frames. And a natural garden planted with shrubby pines and wildflowers that thrive in the salty sea air. Chances are youll be in there for hours. Its completely free. Oh, and theres a skateboard park right next door if you want to throw a few kickflips. Drift Park, West Parade, Rhyl.

Rhyl Marine Lake

Skateboard park, Rhyl

We love our golf

We love our golf but we dont like to make it too easy. So a word of advice. Practise your low punched shots before tackling the 6,808-yard championship links at Prestatyn Golf Club. Those sea breezes can play havoc with your handicap. Nine-hole St Melyd in nearby Meliden can be a stiff test, too, but superb views towards distant Snowdonia compensate for any dropped shots. Rhyl Golf Club, established in 1890, is the oldest and one of the friendliest in North Wales. It can also be one of the toughest. The links course might only have nine holes but there are 18 tees and the Irish Sea is just yards away. The winds dont blow quite so hard at sheltered Rhuddlan Golf Club. But this gently undulating parkland course is regularly chosen for county and national championships. Including the Welsh Ping Mixed Foursomes Finals in 2015. Prestatyn Golf Club, Marine Road East, Prestatyn LL19 7HS. 01745 854320. St Melyd Golf Club, Meliden Road, Prestatyn LL19 8NB. 01745 854405. Rhyl Golf Club, Coast Road, Rhyl LL18 3RE. 01745 353171. Rhuddlan Golf Club, Meliden Road, Rhuddlan LL18 6LB. 01745 590217.

Rhyl Miniature Railway, the oldest mini steam line in Britain, has been taking families on trips around the Marine Lake since 1911. It celebrated its 100th birthday by building a splendid new Central Station with its own museum where you can sit in the drivers seat of Billy the engine, pull signal levers and ring bells. For big kids of all ages. Rhyl Miniature Railway, Marine Lake, Wellington Road, Rhyl LL18 1AQ. 01352 759109.,

Rhyl Miniature Railway

The childrens funfair on Rhyl promenade is packed with so many rides and amusements, so many ups and downs and rounds and rounds, that it will keep your kids busy for hours. And when they do eventually run out of steam, send them off on the free childrens trail around the nearby Drift Park. Sandy the Seagull has lost her tail feather and she needs their help. Can they track it down? Pick up a leaflet at the Tourist Information Centre and find out. The Village, West Parade, Rhyl LL18 1HZ.

Rhyl Marine Lake, joined to the sea by a single sluice gate, is so big it has its own island in the middle. So its perfect for watersports. There are taster sessions throughout August in everything from sailing and canoeing to kneeboarding, waterskiing and wakeboarding (call the TIC on 01745 344515 to find out more). And while youre trying to avoid a wipeout, your kids can follow the environmental trail around the lake and hear the interactive notice boards making wildlife noises. Or they could just explore the new improved play area. Give them a wave if you can stay upright for long enough. Marine Lake, Wellington Road, Rhyl LL18 1AQ. 7

indoor adventure
We wont lie to you. It might rain while youre here. After all, anything is possible. Now in some places that might mean sitting glumly in your car or skulking back to the B&B. Not here. In Rhyl and Prestatyn, some people actually look forward to a bit of bad weather. OK, we might be exaggerating a little. But a passing shower does give you the perfect excuse to scrape the sand from your feet and explore our indoor attractions. Many of our most exciting sights and thrilling rides can only be found inside. So dont be afraid to come on sunny days, too. Otherwise, given our famously balmy climate, you might miss all the fun.

Seaquarium, Rhyl

Sun Centre, Rhyl

Ffrith Beach Fun Parc

Sun Centre, Rhyl

The Sun Centre delivers guaranteed surf and 30-degree temperatures every day of the week. This famous indoor tropical water park creates its own climate with spellbinding thunder, lightning and rain in the lagoon pool. The waves in the surf pool, the first and fastest in Europe, are all man-made. And we guarantee you wont care what the weather outside is doing when youre hurtling 90 metres down the rapid water chute known, for obvious reasons, as The Buzz. Sun Centre, Promenade, Rhyl LL18 3AQ. 01745 344433.

Theyve thought of everything at the Nova Centre. You can take a dip in Neptunes Pool, which is shallow at both ends. Work out at EveryBodyz gym with a sauna to follow. And then refuel at Offas Restaurant, Coffee House and Bar. On one magical night in 1962, when the cabaret room was known as the Royal Lido Ballroom, the Beatles played here. Theres a plaque outside to prove it. Sadly, they never had the chance to tackle the giant inflatable assault course we call the FunZone Frenzy. But if they had, we bet theyd have written a song about it. Nova Centre, Central Beach, Prestatyn LL19 7EY. 01745 888021.,

The clues in the name. Ffrith Beach Fun Parc is right by the beach. And its devoted to fun. Twenty-five acres is just about enough room to pack in a state-of-the-art Astrobowl tenpin bowling alley, amusements, rides, childrens play area, BBQ grill and sports bar. Ffrith Beach Fun Parc, Victoria Road West, Prestatyn LL19 7AR. 01745 850079.,

North Wales Bowls Centre has an eight-rink indoor green to international standards. But dont worry, you dont have to be that good yourself. Its open to novices and experts alike. And theres a pro shop where you can buy the latest gear and pick up a bit of free advice. North Wales Bowls Centre, Ffrith Beach, Prestatyn LL19 7AR. 01745 886100.

Face to face with fish

Try your luck

Water chute, Sun Centre

Lets face it, kids like to be scared witless. Which is where the Terror Tombs come in. Part of the Palace Fun Centre, they promise unsuspecting youngsters the fright of your life. And we wouldnt recommend Geronimos Revenge in the adventure playground to those of a nervous disposition either. At 25 feet, its the largest and fastest vertical drop slide in the region. Palace Fun Centre, Promenade, Rhyl LL18 1HG. 01745 338562.,

As if the chance to come face to face with sharks in North Waless only walk-through underwater tunnel wasnt enough. SeaQuariums wet and wild Sealion Cove is a specially designed marine theatre where these natural-born performers show off with front flipper walks, balancing acts, hurdle jumps and lots of splashing in their 33,000-gallon pool. SeaQuarium, East Parade, Rhyl LL18 3AF. 01745 344660.,

Wales Coast Path

walkers are welcome

We love walking and we love walkers. And needless to say weve got plenty of walks to keep them busy. From family-friendly strolls to the epic Wales Coast Path.


The sculpture called Dechrau a Diwedd

Dyserth waterfall

Stunning wildflowers

May 5th 2012 was a very big day for walkers. The official opening of the worlds first dedicated path around a countrys entire coastline. And that country was Wales. The Wales Coast Path runs an incredible 870 miles from Chepstow in the south to Queensferry in the north. And it passes right through Rhyl and Prestatyn. In fact it takes you on a flat, traffic-free route down both promenades and beside our seven miles of golden sand. So you could have a bite to eat in Rhyl, stroll over to Prestatyn and celebrate with an ice cream. Or the other way round, we dont mind. And if youre really enjoying yourself, you can just keep going. Because at Prestatyn the Wales Coast Path joins up with Offas Dyke National Trail to circumnavigate the whole of Wales. Now thats what we call a circular walk. All 1,030 miles of it. See you in a month or two.

Think of the Prestatyn-Dyserth Way as a four-milelong wildlife corridor. This disused railway line has long since reverted to nature (although its flat surfaced path is perfect for wheelchairs and buggies). Its edged with stunning wildflowers such as yellow rock-rose, blue harebells and deep pink geranium. And its alive with mice and voles and the kestrels and buzzards that prey on them. Dont miss famous Dyserth waterfall. It cascades 70 feet from the River Ffyddion in the centre of the village near the church. Dr Johnson came to see it in 1774 and declared it a very striking cataract. You wont be disappointed either. Then you can catch your breath over a cuppa in the waterfall tearoom next door.

Prestatyn arouses two strong emotions in walkers. A huge sense of anticipation and a tremendous sense of relief. Because, depending on which way youve walked, were both the beginning and the end of Offas Dyke National Trail. Thats why the striking metal sun sculpture on the promenade is called Dechrau a Diwedd. Or beginning and end in Welsh. And just a few strides away are both Caf Cymru and Offas Restaurant at the Nova Centre. Two places where you can sign a book to prove youve done the walk or stoke up with tea and cakes for the 177-mile journey ahead of you. A journey that takes you up through the limestone hillsides above the town and into one of Britains loveliest landscapes: the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Its one of only five AONBs in the whole of Wales, covering nearly 400 square kilometres of spectacular scenery and breathtaking views. And when youre looking back from one of those heather-clad summits out to sea, do remember to give us a wave. 11

One day the people of Prestatyn got together and tried to work out how best to express their love of walkers. And they decided to become an official Walkers are Welcome community. This doesnt just mean that they wont throw a wobbler at the sight of a muddy pair of boots. It means their facilities and footpaths are right up to scratch. TV presenter Julia Bradbury is a big fan: It shows that people genuinely love to show off what lies on their back doorstep, to share the pleasure people themselves feel from walking, and also because walkers make the perfect guests!

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Offas Dyke National Trail and the Prestatyn-Dyserth Way. You can even join them up to make one stupendous circular walk through the wildflower-rich slopes of Prestatyn Hillside and the oak woodland of Bishops Wood. There are




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panoramic views out to sea and glimpses of the 19th century mine working we call the Fish Caves.


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Mae Llwybr Arfordir Cymru syn 870 milltir o hyd yn barod iw archwilio. Gan ymestyn or fn rhwng Cymru a Lloegr yng nghyfniau Caer yn y gogledd, i Gas-gwent yn y de, dymar llwybr arfordirol di-dor hiraf drwyr byd. Ar hyd y Llwybr mae yna olygfeydd godidog, o glogwyni uchel i draethau tywodlyd. Mae hefyd yn cynnig sawl awyrgylch gwahanol, o ddinasoedd mawr i borthladdoedd pysgota bychain.


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The 870 mile long Wales Coast Path is ready to be explored. Stretching from the Welsh border near Chester in the north to Chepstow in the south, it is ABERAERON the longest continuous coast path in the world. The Path offers spectacular scenery from ABERTEIFI soaring cliffs to sandy bays... CARDIGAN and contrasting atmospheres from big cities to tiny ABERGWAUN shing ports. The Path is designed to appeal to visitors DDEWI TY ST DAVIDS and local people alike helping PEMBROKE everyone enjoy a healthy lifestyle by taking more exercise DINBYCH-Y-PYSGOD TENBY and bringing economic benets to coastal areas. Work to create and improve the Wales Coast Path is co-ordinated by CCW and funded by the Welsh Government, the European RegionalDevelopment Fund and the coastal local authorities.



Photographs Crown copyright (2012) Visit Wales

Artists impression of the iconic new bridge at Rhyl Harbour

ride of a lifetime
What a way to close the gap. This is the iconic new bascule bridge at Rhyl Harbour, due to open in spring 2013. Its twin 32-metre decks span the River Clwyd until a boat needs to sail past. Then they rise into the air as if by magic. Or more accurately, thanks to a hydraulic ram inside the central tower. Its like a great metal flower opening and closing. Its a spectacle of engineering that will attract thousands of visitors a year. And more importantly for keen cyclists, its the missing link that connects two traffic-free sections of National Cycle Route 5. Now you can ride 15 off-road miles from Barkby beach at Prestatyn all the way through Rhyl and into neighbouring Conwy. Just watch out for pedestrians on your way over the bridge it also carries the Wales Coast Path. On the other side, from 2014, youll find a new public square, a quayside building containing a caf and exhibition space and greatly improved facilities for sailors. Because Rhyl is still very much a working harbour. The extended quay, new slipway and boatyard will keep it buzzing with life and create a hub for the surrounding dunes and beaches. No doubt youll want to hop off your bike and soak up the atmosphere. You may even be tempted to charter an angling trip for mackerel, plaice, gurnard, bass, pollack or cod. After all, you could always carry them home in your saddlebags.


They think big at Marsh Tracks. This superb traffic-free arena for cycle sport was opened by none other than Dave Brailsford, the man behind the success of Great Britains Olympic track riders and Team Sky on the road. Theres a 1.3km closed circuit road cycling track and a national standard BMX race track with the very same Bensink start gate used in the 2012 Olympics. And there are British Cycling qualified coaches on hand to teach you the ropes, improve your fitness and hone your competitive edge. You can hire road bikes or BMX machines in a range of sizes to suit age five upwards plus helmets and knee and elbow pads. And if you really want to look the business you can buy branded gear from the clothing and accessories shop. Marsh Tracks, Marsh Road, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 2AD. 01745 353335.,

Let's face it, not everyone is into extreme mountain biking. We don't all have a thing for mud. And we don't necessarily look good in lycra. We prefer our cycling to be nice and relaxed and fairly flat. And sometimes we like to make a day of it and bring the kids along. Which brings us to National Cycle Route 84, which runs from Rhyl inland to the cathedral town of St Asaph. Most of it is traffic-free. And much of it runs along the banks of the rivers Clwyd and Elwy. The route passes through Glan Morfa community woodland in Rhyl with its 2,500 newly planted trees and large population of lapwings and skylarks. Then it reaches North Waless newest nature reserve at Rhuddlan after following the scenic east bank of the Clwyd. At that point you have a decision to make. You can either head on to St Asaph or turn it into a circular ride by returning via the Prestatyn-Dyserth Way and National Route 5 along the prom back to Rhyl. Either way you get to see an awful lot of water. And youll have worked up quite an appetite. 15

Gronant Dunes

keep it natural
With a bit of luck youll see more than seagulls in Rhyl and Prestatyn. This is your chance to get up close and personal with the natural world.

Little tern

Sea holly

Natterjack toad


Just in case you were wondering, it used to belong to a chap called Horton. And it sticks out a bit like a nose. So thats why we call it Hortons Nose. This remnant of the coastlines once extensive duneland lies the other side of Rhyl harbour. Its a perfect vantage point from which to see everything that makes the town special the sands, the sea, the promenade and the hills and vale beyond. Among the ever-changing dune patterns, shaped by river currents and coastal breezes, youll find wildlife such as skylarks, lizards and day-flying burnet moths. And as you might have expected, its all at the end of Hortons Nose Lane. Hortons Nose, Rhyl LL18 5AS
Hortons Nose

As you can hardly to fail to notice from the splashes of colour everywhere, Rhyl and Prestatyn are two of the most green-fingered towns in Britain. And thats official. In 2012 Prestatyn won silver gilt in the Wales in Bloom contest while Rhyl took silver in Britain in Bloom. Which is what you might expect from a place with its very own botanical gardens. But Rhyls lovely Victorian park isnt just about trees and flowers. It also has tennis courts, bowling greens, a nine-hole putting green and a caf all run by a dedicated team of volunteers from a local residents association. Rhyl Botanical Gardens, Grange Road LL18 4DA. 01745 339650.

Brickfields Pond used to be a clay pit. Now its a tranquil freshwater lake and local nature reserve spanning nearly nine acres. You can walk, jog or cycle right around it. You can see the sculptures, follow the nature trail, go bird watching or do a spot of pond dipping with the kids. You might even catch a glimpse of a vole or otter. And if youre very lucky you might get to grips with the crafty 20lb-plus carp lurking in the depths. Or the bream and pike to over 10lb, tench and eels running to 6lb and roach tipping the scales at 2lb 9oz. Buy a day ticket on the bank or from the newsagent in Cefndy Road. Brickfields Pond, Ffordd Derwen, Rhyl LL18 4LE.

They call Gronant Dunes a Site of Special Scientific Interest. You might find it quite intriguing, too. This rare and beautiful sand dune system acts as a natural sea defence and is home to an amazing range of flora and fauna. Not content with wild orchids and the only breeding colony of little terns in Wales, weve reintroduced natterjack toads and sand lizards. Just follow the signs from Barkby beach in Prestatyn to enter a network of paths and wooden boardwalks through the dunes. But please dont disturb the animals and watch out for the tide. Denbighshire Countryside Service. 01352 810614.

Brickfields Pond

Ssh. If youre very, very quiet you might just catch a glimpse of an elusive water vole at Rhuddlan nature reserve. Or a kingfisher. Or even, if its really your day, an otter. We know theyre in there somewhere. On the other hand you might just be too distracted by the views of Rhuddlan castle from this 11-acre haven of ponds, woodland and wildflower meadow. Rhuddlan Nature Reserve, Station Road, Rhuddlan LL18 5UA 17

Apollo Cinema, Rhyl

Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl

Scala Cinema, Prestatyn

thats entertainment
Stars of stage and screen appear daily in Rhyl and Prestatyn. Some of them are there in the flesh, others come courtesy of the latest 3D and satellite technology. Either way it can make for a very memorable night out.

Backstage at the Pavilion Theatre


The Scala cinema in Prestatyn High Street has always been a movie pioneer. It was opened by flamboyant JR Saronie way back in 1913, making it the oldest one-screen cinema in North Wales. Now its Waless first fully digital cinema with two 150-seat theatres showing the latest films in 3D and high definition. It also hosts drama, comedy and dance not to mention highly popular live satellite performances from the National Theatre, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Bolshoi Ballet. Theres a ground floor coffee shop and an upstairs bistro caf-bar called Saronies in tribute to the man who made it all possible. And while youre waiting in the foyer for your flick to start, cast your eyes over the Scala History Queue by artist Paul Young. Inspired by an old photograph of people queuing for a showing of the original King Kong movie, this amazing photo-mural starts in 1910 and finishes in the present day. Every member of the queue represents a year from this century of cinematic history. And theyre all played by local people in period costume. Scala, 47 High Street, Prestatyn LL19 9AH. 0871 902 57511 / 01745 850197.

Photo mural at the Scala, Prestatyn

A standing ovation at the Pavilion Theatre makes quite a noise. Thats because a full house means there are 1,030 people on their feet. Plus you. The Pavilion thinks the arts are for everyone. So world-famous classical musicians such as Katherine Jenkins or Bryn Terfel rub shoulders with community dance and theatre groups. You can see everything from orchestral concerts and West End musicals to pop, ballet and stand-up. In 2013 highlights include the Hairy Bikers, Russian Cossacks, Madame Butterfly, Showaddywaddy and Little Mix. So things could get very noisy. Pavilion Theatre, Promenade, Rhyl LL18 3AQ. 01745 330000.,
Events Arena, Rhyl

Rhyls Apollo Cinema re-opened in 2011 after a 2.5 million makeover. And you can certainly see where the money went. All five air-conditioned auditoria are equipped with Sony 4K digital cinema projectors, surround sound, 3D screens and extra-comfy seating. But you dont have to watch a film to have a night out here. You could just enjoy a coffee, relax on the open-air sun terrace or grab a drink in the sea-view bar. Toffee popcorn optional. Apollo Cinema, The Village, West Parade, Rhyl LL18 1HB. 0871 220 6000.

The outdoor Events Arena on Rhyl promenade is round and very, very big. Eighty metres in diameter, to be exact. Which means it can fit in 8,000 people for summer concerts, radio and TV roadshows. And its a great place to watch Rhyl Air Show. Events Arena, East Parade, Rhyl LL18 3AF. 19

Artists impression of Prestatyn Shopping Park

counter culture
Dont forget to buy something to remember us by. It could be a stick of rock. But it might be more fun if it was a pair of killer heels.
Are you from round these parts? If so, dont just flash the cash. Brandish an I Am Local discount card as well. Lots of shops in Prestatyn participate in the scheme and those in the know get all sorts of money-off deals, from discounted beauty treatments to cheap movie tickets. The cards only cost 1 and they last for a year. You can buy them from the Scala Cinema or from all good retailers displaying the I Am Local logo.


No one loves a shopping centre more than we do. But sometimes theres no substitute for rolling up your sleeves, getting out in the fresh air and hunting down a bargain. Prestatyn outdoor market near the railway station is a great place to start. There are upwards of 150 stalls selling everything you could imagine every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. And theres an artisan market on the High Street every summer Thursday. On Thursdays or Saturdays, look out for the green-and-white striped canopies of the market stalls on Rhyls High Street. Youll find plants, garden produce, bread, fruit and vegetables, pet supplies, shoes, baby clothes, pots and pans, soft furnishings, clothes, carpets, meat and jewellery. And theres an incredibly popular car boot sale every week during summer. Our TIC will give you the lowdown. But they wont tell you if that pot you bought for 50p is really a priceless Ming vase. Its up to you to work that one out. Tourist Information Centre, The Village, West Parade, Rhyl LL18 1HZ. 01745 355068 / 344515.

Some days only a really good mooch will do. Fortunately Prestatyn has plenty of quirky specialist and independent shops clustered around the High Street. And from Easter 2013, the retail experience enters a new dimension with the opening of Prestatyn Shopping Park all 160,000 square feet of it. That should just about be enough room to pack in all the big names from Tesco and M&S to Next, New Look and River Island. You cant really miss it. But just in case, its between High Street and Nant Hall Road.

Rhyls shopping centre is flat, pedestrianised and wheelchair-friendly with all the big brand names youd expect. And while youre giving your credit card a healthy workout, our regular street musicians, stilt walkers and balloon artists will keep you entertained. Theres also a bit of a buzz inside the White Rose Shopping Centre. You can buy scent, change your phone, choose shoes, eat wholefood, dress your kids or buy a new pair of designer shades. All under one roof. Theyve even got a caf where you can catch your breath. White Rose Shopping Centre, High Street, Rhyl LL18 1EW. 01745 339140. 21

Vintage postcard of Rhyl

Prestatyn Bath House

What did the Romans ever do for us?

Giant Roman helmet

art history
Rhyl and Prestatyn like to put a modern spin on the British seaside holiday. Thats why we celebrated 2,000 years of history with some very contemporary art.


In the early 19th century Rhyl was an obscure village with a population of about 300. Then the Chester to Holyhead railway line opened in 1848. Hordes of tourists eager for adventure quickly descended. And who could blame them? All that sun, sea and sand. They must have been bowled over. By the mid-1800s Rhyl was a fashionable watering place where many aristocrats took rooms for months at a time. It was the same story in neighbouring Prestatyn, which became one of Victorian and Edwardian Britains most elegant seaside resorts. A lot may have changed since our ancestors strolled down the promenade in top hats and crinolines or struggled into their swimming costumes inside horse-drawn bathing machines. But some things will always be the same. In 1920 local dignitary ET Williams wrote these lines: If you are ill, dont take a pill. Ill tell you something better still. For sunshine and air, weathers that fair and health-giving rest, Prestatyn is best. Lets be honest, the poems not going to win any prizes. But the sentiments still hold good today. And weve had a whole century to make our Welsh welcome even warmer.

Our original visitors were Roman soldiers from the Twentieth Legion. And what did the Romans ever do for us? Well, they built a bath house which, thanks to careful excavation, can still be seen on Melyd Avenue in Prestatyn. Bathers would start in a cold changing room with a plunge bath. Then theyd spend a bit of time in a warm room before passing into an intensely hot area where they sweated profusely, oiled their bodies and scraped them clean with a curved tool called a strigil. All because no one had invented soap. In Prestatyn Library you can see some of the artefacts uncovered at the bath house, including a roof tile stamped with a charging wild boar. They date back as far as AD120 a couple of years before Emperor Hadrian started his wall. Were so proud of this heritage that we installed a sculpture of a giant metal Roman helmet in Hillside Gardens overlooking the town. Its become an iconic image for walkers finishing Offas Dyke National Trail. Roman Bath House, Melyd Avenue, Prestatyn LL19 8RN. Library, Nant Hall Road, Prestatyn LL19 9LH. 01745 854841. Hillside Gardens LL19 9PW

Looking for a present? Rhylcreate, a gallery for local artists and craft makers, could be the answer. Browse paintings, glass, jewellery, cards, woodwork, textiles and ceramics or even commission your own artwork. This not-for-profit community art project also runs workshops to help you release your inner artist. They do everything from painting and drawing to felting, photography and parchment work. Dont be shy, it could be the making of you. Oriel Rhylcreate Gallery, Unit 6, White Rose Centre, High Street Rhyl LL18 1EW. 01745 355466.
At Rhyl Museum you can stroll down an imaginary Edwardian pier, peek into kiosks and discover more about the personalities who shaped Rhyl and Prestatyn from Roman bathers to early cinema pioneers. And best of all, its free. Rhyl Museum, Library Building, Church Street, Rhyl LL18 3AA. 01745 353814.,

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Have you been reading carefully? If so, we bet you really want to come to Rhyl and Prestatyn. And you should be able to answer these four simple questions. Get them right and you stand to win a free seaside break for you and your family*. All the facts you need are in the pages of this magazine. And you can even have another peek just to make sure. We dont mind. Fill in the coupon and send it back to: Rhyl and Prestatyn Holiday Competition, Tourist Information Centre, The Village, West Parade, Rhyl LL18 1HZ.
The prize will be awarded to the first correct entry drawn at random by our panel of judges. The decision of the judges is final. No cash alternative. The winner will not be publicly announced but will be notified by post. Employees of Denbighshire County Council or their families are not eligible. Closing date: 30th September 2013. *Maximum four persons.

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Picture gallery at Bodelwyddan Castle

out of town
As you might have realised by now, theres plenty to do in Rhyl and Prestatyn. But if you fancy a day away from the beach, rural Denbighshire has plenty to offer. Here are just four suggestions for an outing. And you dont even have to take the car. All of them are easily reached via our network of walking routes and cycle paths including National Cycle Route 84 and the Prestatyn-Dyserth Way.


Bodelwyddan Castle

Rhuddlan Castle

For a small village, Bodelwyddan has two very big attractions. One is the famous marble church erected by Lady Willoughby de Broke in 1856. The other is Bodelwyddan Castle, Welsh outpost of the National Portrait Gallery. Set in 260 acres of woods and parkland, its a great place for a family day out with an adventure playground, garden maze, Victorian games room and caf. And watch out for the First World War practice trenches. Bodelwyddan Castle, Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire LL18 5YA. 01745 584060.,

King Edward I was a man of big ideas. He built muscle-bound Rhuddlan Castle in 1277. Then he diverted the River Clwyd for two miles so it could be supplied by ship or more accurately, he got 70 labourers from the Lincolnshire Fens to do it for him. And when all this was finished he used Rhuddlan as his base for a decisive invasion of Wales. More than 800 years later, people still travel from all over the world to see the castle that was worth moving a river for. Rhuddlan Castle LL18 5AD. 01745 590777.

St Asaph Cathedral

Bodrhyddan Hall

St Asaph has always thought of itself as a city. But the rest of the world didnt catch on until the Queen awarded it civic honours during her Diamond Jubilee. Not bad for a place with population of 3,400. But then St Asaph does have Britains smallest ancient cathedral just 182 feet long and 68 feet wide. Nearly 500 years ago it played a crucial role in translating the first Welsh Bible. Today it welcomes the worlds finest classical musicians to the North Wales International Music Festival.

Bodrhyddan Hall near Rhuddlan, a 17th century country house with Victorian additions, is home to Lord Langford and his family. Not to mention a 3,000-year-old mummy. The gardens include a formal parterre and a recently restored pleasance with summerhouse and ponds. Its open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from June to September. Bodrhyddan Hall, Dyserth Road, Rhuddlan LL18 5SB. 01745 590414., 27

whats on 2013
Theres always something going on in Rhyl and Prestatyn. Just follow the crowds. Youre quite likely to end up at a carnival, an open-air concert, an air show or even a teddy bears picnic. And this year were just down the road from the biggest event of the lot the National Eisteddfod of Wales. The pinnacle of the Welsh cultural calendar. A festival that attracts 160,000 visitors over eight glorious days of dance, music and poetry. It comes to Denbigh, just a few miles inland, in August 2013. Were expecting a fair few festival-goers to stay here with us. Because even culture vultures like a nice paddle every now and again.


28 March-7 April Prestatyn Balloon and Kite Festival Call the TIC for more information on 01745 344515. 29 April Mayors Gala Awards Ceremony. 7-10pm, Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl 17-19 May Prestatyn and Clwydian Range Walking Festival A wide range of walks suitable for all ages and abilities. 01745 857185, 25-27 May Teddy Bears Picnic Marine Lake, Rhyl Saturday Name the Bear competition. Sunday Teddy Bears Picnic. Monday Teddy Treasure Hunt. Lots of prizes, free train rides for every child bringing a teddy! 26 May Zumbathon 2013 Rhyl Events Arena Three-hour Zumba fitness and dance party for charity in association with Chic Fitness. Contact Zoe Bishop on 07775 421209. 27 May Prestatyn Classic Car Show Classic cars from the early 20s to present-day supercars. 9 June Triathlon 2013 Marine Lake Rhyl Call the TIC on 01745 344515 for more details. 16 June Cancer Research UK Race for Life 9am-3pm, Rhyl Arena to Rhyl Golf Club and back Five-kilometre run or walk along the promenade exclusively for women. 8 July Vale Vintage and Machinery Steam and Country Show Bodelwyddan Castle Fun day out for all the family. Steam engines, vintage cars, motorcycles, commercials, stationary engines, shire horses, trade and craft stalls. 19-22 July Woodfest Wales Kinmel Estate, St George An annual event in beautiful surroundings to celebrate all things wood.

20 July Prestatyn Carnival High Street and Bastion Road carnival field North Wales premier seaside carnival featuring grand parade, giant funfair, bands, dancers, childrens entertainment, sideshows, classic cars, trade and charity stalls. 01745 326874, 26-27 July Prestatyn Flower Show Flowers, vegetables, herbs, floral art, domestic crafts, woodwork, classic cars, photography and art. Plus plant stalls, jazz and silver bands, childrens entertainment and cream tea on the lawn. 01745 854434, 3-10 August National Eisteddfod of Wales Denbigh An exciting mix of the traditional and the modern, the National Eisteddfod is a celebration of Wales, its culture and its language. 25 August Fun in the Sun 2012 12 noon onwards, Rhyl Events Arena Bumper weekend dedicated to live music and entertainment. 31 August and 1 September Rhyl Air Show 12 noon-6pm, Rhyl Promenade Air displays by a huge variety of military and commercial aircraft plus funfair rides, static displays, food stalls and much, much more. A great day out for all the family. 20-27 September North Wales International Music Festival St Asaph A week of world-class classical concerts in the atmospheric setting of St Asaph Cathedral. 01745 584508,

This is just a taste of whats going on in Rhyl and Prestatyn in 2013. For the latest information, pick up a copy of our Whats On guide from the Tourist Information Centre, download it at or visit


where to eat
You cant come to the seaside and not have fish and chips at least once. But for something a little more adventurous, try a plate of live oysters on Rhyl seafront a dash of Tabasco and down the hatch. Our food ranges from honest-to-goodness pub grub to Indian, Chinese, Italian and, of course, Welsh. Eat out in Prestatyn and the chances are that the food on your plate wont have travelled as far as you have. Thats because more and more of our pubs and restaurants are committed to using local produce. Like Welsh Black beef, fresh fish or spring lamb. So dont cut your calories cut your food miles instead.

This is just a taster of whats available in Rhyl and Prestatyn. For a full list including takeaways and pubs (and surrounding areas) please contact the Tourist information Centre on 01745 344515.

Road East, Prestatyn LL19 9RT LL19 9SD Rhyl LL18 1HG

Cazco Coffee Shop, West Parade, Rhyl LL18 1HW Central Beach Amusement Centre Caf, Beach Coffee Pot, 2A Nant Hall Road, Prestatyn LL19 9LH Cook Book Caf, Rhyl Library Museum & Arts Centre,

Albies, Queens Market, Sussex Street, Rhyl LL18 1SE Almond Tree Caf, 11 Kings Avenue, Prestatyn LL19 9AA Amber Coffee House, 85 High Street, Rhyl LL18 1TR Beech Bums Kiosk & Events Arena, East Parade, Rhyl LL18 3AF Cafe Cranberry, 93 High Street, Prestatyn LL19 9AP Cafe Cymru, Offas Dyke Coastal Centre, Beach Road West, Prestatyn LL19 7LL Cavern Caf, The Palace Fun Centre, 38-45 West Parade, Rhyl LL18 1HG

Church Street, Rhyl LL18 3AA Corner Caf, 14-15 West Parade, Rhyl LL18 1HE Costa Coffee, 28-30 High Street, Rhyl LL18 1ET DLish, 3 County Arcade, Meliden Road, Prestatyn Ffrith Beach Fun Park, Ffrith Beach, Victoria Road West, Prestatyn LL19 7AR Fish And Chips Caf, 6 Market Street, Rhyl LL18 1RL Fuller Monty, 31 Wellington Road, Rhyl LL18 1BA Gails Kitchen, 162 High Street, Prestatyn LL19 9BW Garden Green Caf, 27 Meliden Road, Prestatyn Geronimos, The Palace Fun Centre, 38-45 West Parade,


Lyons, Nant Hall Hotel, Prestatyn Road, Prestatyn LL19 9LD Nova Centre, Central Beach, Beach Road West, Prestatyn LL19 7EY Pizza Hut, Rhyl Road, Rhuddlan, Denbighshire LL18 2TJ Queens Restaurant, 3 West Parade, Rhyl LL18 1HE Rossinis, 48 Queen Street, Rhyl LL18 1SB Rozis Tandoori, 16 Meliden Road, Prestatyn LL19 9RT The Beaches Hotel, Beach Road East, Prestatyn LL19 7LG Irish Joes, 40 Wellington Road, Rhyl LL18 1BN Jays Caf, 3 Market Street, Rhyl LL18 1RL Jills Caf, Wellington Road Market, Wellington Road, Rhyl LL18 1BN KFC, 29 Wellington Road, Rhyl LL18 1BA KFC, Morfa Rhuddlan, Marsh Road, Rhuddlan, Denbighshire LL18 5UA La Gallaria, 7 Market Street, Rhyl LL18 1RL Liffys Caf, 7-9 Russell Road, Rhyl LL18 3BS McDonalds, 18-20 High Street, Rhyl LL18 1ES North Wales Bowling Centre, Ffrith Beach, Prestatyn LL18 3AF Relax Coffee Lounge, 3A Wellington Road, Rhyl LL18 1AY Rumours, 48 High Street, Prestatyn LL19 9BB Saronies Bar and Scala Cinema, 47 HighStreet, Prestatyn LL19 9AH Sayers, Unit 19, White Rose Centre, High Street, Rhyl LL18 1EW SeaQuarium, East Parade, Rhyl LL18 3AF Snax, 16 Wellington Road, Rhyl LL18 1BG Taste Academy, East Parade, Rhyl LL18 3AF Teddy Bears and Teapots, Bridge Road, Prestatyn The Bridge Caf, 8 Kinmel Street, Rhyl LL18 1SU The Hungry Tum, 2 Sydenham Avenue, Rhyl LL18 1NS The Piazza Restaurant, Sussex Street, Rhyl LL18 1SE The Rumblin Tum Caf, 28 Sussex Street, Rhyl LL18 1SG The Bistro, 213-215 Wellington Road, Rhyl LL18 1LR The Pavilion Theatre, Promenade, Rhyl LL18 3AQ The Sussex (Wetherspoons), 20-26 Sussex Street, Rhyl LL18 1SG

Chyna Garden, 122 High Street, Prestatyn LL19 9BH Laughing Buddha, 88-90 Coast Road, Rhyl LL18 3PP Peking Chinese Restaurant, 20-22 Bodfor Street, Rhyl LL18 1AU Seri Intan Restaurant, 151 High Street, Prestatyn LL19 9AS Yeung Sing Chinese Restaurant, 133 Wellington Road, Rhyl LL18 1LE

Asha Indian Restaurant, 47 Wellington Road, Rhyl LL18 1BD Chilli Pink, 64 Queen Street, Rhyl LL18 1SB Rasams Spice, 131 High Street, Prestatyn LL19 9AS The Suhail Tandoori Restaurant, 12 Bastion Road, Prestatyn LL19 7ES

Bar 236, High Street, Prestatyn LL19 9BS Barratts Restaurant, 167 Vale Road, Rhyl LL18 2PH Glanglasfor Restaurant, Glanglasfor, Rhyl LL18 1RP La Ricetta, 226 High Street, Prestatyn LL19 9BP 31

making the grade

a guide to quality assurance
All the accommodation featured in this publication has been independently assessed so you can make your choice in confidence, knowing that each place to stay has been given a rating according to the quality and facilities on offer. These ratings mean that you can be sure of standards and choose the accommodation thats just right for you. Visit Wales/AA are the only checking agents in Wales, checking out over 5,000 places. STARS are your guide to quality. The Star Quality Grading Schemes apply to all types of accommodation: serviced hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfast, farm accommodation, hostel/hostel type accommodation, self-catering cottages and apartments and caravan holiday home and touring/ camping parks. All accommodation grades are based on a set of common quality standards agreed by Visit Wales, Visit England, Visit Scotland and the AA. The star ratings reflect the facilities and overall quality of the experience. what do our star ratings mean? Accommodation operators are graded between one and five stars (with 5 stars being the highest) based on the overall quality of the experience and the facilities available. Accommodation differs in style and therefore different rating schemes apply to different types and styles of business. To help you make your choice, each star rated business will also be given a designator to describe the style of accommodation you can expect. does a lower star rating equal less quality? Many lower star rated accommodations may still offer high quality but do meet all of the facility and service expectations for the higher star ratings. It is particularly important not to compare Guest Accommodation ratings against Hotel ratings as different criteria are used when assessing. The advice is to always check with an establishment before booking to check that the accommodation offers the services and facilities that meet your needs they will only be too pleased to help. Also look out for that extra-special property that has been awarded Visit Wales Gold Award, given for exceptional standards of hospitality, comfort and food in serviced accommodation. Occasionally, it has not been possible to visit the accommodation prior to publication. In these instances, the property is marked as Awaiting Grading. Some accommodation operators have chosen not to be star rated, but they have been checked out to ensure that they provide an acceptable level of services and facilities appropriate to their type of business. They are identified as either Verified or Listed. a warm welsh welcome Watch out for this sign as these places have achieved a Croeso Award in recognition of their exceptional Warm Welsh Welcome. accommodating visitors with disabilities All Visit Wales graded properties have an Access Statement. This statement tells visitors in a clear, accurate and honest way how the property can meet their particular needs. Three symbols have been introduced to help visitors with physical impairments find the Access Statements of most relevance to them. Accommodation providers have selected the one symbol which best describes the improvements that they have made to their properties. Look out for these symbols: Access improved for mobility impaired people

Access improved for visually impaired people

Access improved for hearing impaired people Please note: All gradings and awards were correct at the time of going to press. Occasionally, it may not have been possible to undertake a grading. This situation is clearly identified by Awaiting Grading appearing within the advertisement/entry. Grading assessments are on-going and improvements made by establishments may have resulted in a revision since publication. Please check when booking. In the unfortunate event that you do encounter problems with your chosen accommodation, please refer to for further guidance. Further information on gradings and awards is available from Visit Wales, Welsh Assembly Government, Rhodfa Padarn, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3UR. Tel: 0845 010 8020 Email: Web:


key to symbols
Licensed No smoking establishment/rooms Special diets catered for Private parking Colour TVs Credit cards accepted Extra charge for gas/electricity Bed linen provided Bed linen for hire Clothes washing facilities Electric hook-up Tea/coffee making facilities in bedroom Bus stop nearby Toilets available Showers/shower blocks Food shop/mobile food shop Caf or restaurant Chemical toilet facilities Gas cylinders available Tents for hire Cots/highchairs available Dogs accepted by arrangement Ground floor bedroom/units

Train station nearby Walkers Welcome Cyclists Welcome Euros accepted Disability access statement prepared En-suite rooms available Childrens play area Coach parties welcome Swimming pool Located at Rhyl or Prestatyn

Manor Guest House

Manor Guest House, 22 River Street, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 1PT

Anchor B&B, 40 River Street, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 1PT t: 01745 351977 m: 07968 348498 e: w: contact: Betty Marshall
Take a break and call Betty. The perfect base for touring our beautiful North Wales coast. Completely refurbished, private parking. 200 yards away from sandy beach. Walking distance to shops and major attractions. En-suite available. Quality, clean comfortable rooms. Open: Apr - Sept B&B: 25 - 30 No of rooms: 3 En-suite: 3 Total bed space: 6

t: 01745 339477 e: w: contact: Mrs Mari Bell

Melbourne Guest House

The Melbourne Guest House, 8 Beechwood Road, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 3EU t: 01745 342762 e: w: contact: Jenny Clark

A warm welcome at The Manor, a home from home base for your holiday; whether on the beach or exploring further afield. Home cooked food that caters for all diets and tastes. Bed and breakfast, optional evening meal, children welcome, tea/coffee facilities, own key unrestricted access, 100 yards to the beach. Open: Easter - Dec B&B: 19 -25 Short break 32 -38 No of rooms: 7 En-suite: 2 Total bed space: 18

Enjoy a pleasant holiday in our family run home from home. Rooms serviced daily. Tea/coffee facilities. Towels provided. Own keys provided. Full cooked breakfast, optional evening meal. Near to theatre, Sun Centre and beach. British sign language.


Open: Jan - Dec B&B: 25 - 35 No of rooms: 6 En-suite: 4 Total bed space: 14


hotels, guesthouses, b&bs

Anchor Bed & Breakfast

hotels, guesthouses, b&bs

The Promenade B&B

The Promenade B&B, 38 Marine Drive, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 3AY t: 01745 334444 m: 07881 781471 e: w: contact: Andrea and David Jackson

Vale View Cottages

72 Meliden Road, Prestatyn, Denbighshire LL19 9SE

Commanding unrivalled seaviews and close to the Pavilion Theatre and Sun Centre, The Promenade offers high standards of cleanliness and comfort throughout. All bedrooms are well appointed and fully serviced daily. Begin your day with a freshly cooked breakfast in our light & airy dining room or relax in our residents lounge. All part of the 4 star hospitality our guests can expect from Andrea and David Jackson. Recommended by Trip Advisor

t: 01745 887966 m: 07739 556128 e: w: contact: Spencer and Louise Reddaway

Open: Jan - Dec B&B: 25 - 34.75 No of rooms: 5 En-suite: 3 Total bed space: 9

self catering

The Gables Holiday Flats

The Gables Holiday Flats, 4 Bath Street, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 3EB t: 01745 334283 e: w: contact: Mrs C A Jones

Two family run luxury cottages. Set in the grounds of the owners home which was once a Victorian preparatory school. Whether it is a family holiday or a romantic break, Vale View Cottages can provide you with a beautiful cosy place to stay. A quiet location conveniently situated within five minutes walking distance from Prestayn Town Centre and fifteen minutes walk to the beach. Both cottages benefit from private gardens/courtyards, luxury oak beds, bespoke window shutters, slate and parquet floors.

The Gables is situated two doors from the East Promenade. It is a grade two listed building, standing in its own grounds, very central location, close to shops, Seaquarium, Events Arena, Childrens Village and Bowling Greens. Five mins from Sun Centre and Theatre. Parking, cleanliness assured. Open: Easter - End of Sept Sleeps: 2-4 Unit per week: 176 - 360 No of units: 4

Open: Jan - Dec Prices per week: 275 - 575 Short stay break: 200 - 270 No of letting units: 2 Sleeps: Coach House: 4 + 1 cot bed Stables: 5 + 1 cot bed

*Dogs accepted by arrangement only

The Beach House

The Beach House, 41 Beach Road West, Prestatyn, Denbighshire LL19 7LL t: 01745 853594 f: 01745 888393 m: 07919 920040 e: w: contact: Yvonne Grocott

The Beach House has a beautiful seafront position offering 4 luxury self catering apartments. 150 yards from the Nova Centre. Start of Offas Dyke Walk. 10 minute walk to Prestatyn town. High standards throughout.
Open: Jan - Dec Per unit: 70 - 90 per night (min 2 nights) No of letting units: 4 Sleeps: 2 - 4


Marine Holiday Park

Marine Holiday Park, Cefndy Road, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 2HG t: 01745 345194 f: 01745 337200 e: w: Located in Rhyl, North Wales, close to sandy beaches, sweeping landscape, ancient buildings, eccentric villages and glorious gardens, Marine Holiday Park is the perfect base for a family holiday. Spend your days relaxing by the tropically heated pool while the children play. Or explore this beautiful area before returning each evening to your home away from home. Well keep the family busy whatever the weather.

Open: March - October Static caravans: 500 Caravans available to rent: 40 Charges per night for 2 people 50 - 100


leisure parks

leisure parks

Nant Mill Touring Park

Pleasant View Holiday Park

Pleasant View Holiday Park, Abbey Road, Rhuddlan, Denbighshire LL18 5RL t: 01745 590282 e: w: www.pleasantviewholiday contact: Jacqueline Young

Nant Mill Touring Park, Nant Mill, Gronant Road, Prestatyn, Denbighshire LL19 9LY t: 01745 852360 e: w: contact: Barbara Rowley or Helen Ogden

Family run site catering for families only. Short walk from town centre and beach. Being at the gateway to North Wales and all its amenities makes us the ideal base for all your touring needs. Open: March - October Total mixed units: 150 2 people per tent/caravan pitch per night: 15.75 - 22.75

A family run holiday park ideally placed for easy access to Rhyl, Prestatyn, Llandudno

Palins Holiday Park

Palins Holiday Park, Kinmel Bay, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 5LE

and Snowdonia National Park. Facilities include: l Self contained brick/chalet bungalows with gas central heating l Open plan kitchen/diner & sitting room, 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4), colour TV l Special spring and autumn rates l Small childrens playground & games room l Laundry room and public phone l Licensed bar/clubhouse & snooker room l Touring pitches available l Close to Rhuddlan village Open: April - November Units for hire: 8 Chalet per week: 240 - 310 Short break package (Apr - Oct): 110 - 140 Sleeps: 4 Touring & motor caravan pitches: 5 Rates based on 2 persons: 16.50 - 21

t: 01745 342672 f: 01745 344110 e: w:

Fun packed family holiday park situated 1 mile from Rhyl. l l l l Indoor heated fun pool Cabaret club Pub/restaurant Adventure playground l l l l Arcade Chip shop Launderette Football area

Ty Gwyn Park
Ty Gwyn Park, Towyn Road, Abergele, Conwy, Denbighshire LL22 9HA t: +44 (0)1745 832275 or +44 (0)1745 833371 e: w: contact: Mr J T Owen and Mrs GH Owen

Special offer for booking early on selected weeks. You can now book online. Open: Mar - Oct Units for hire: 22 Unit per week: 105 - 499 Short break package: 100 - 210

A family run holiday park next to the beach, seafront and cycle track.

St Marys Holiday Park

l Visit Wales 3 star graded detatched chalet with 3 rooms l Kitchenette / living area, shower room with toilet and wash basin, 1 double bedroom, colour TV/DVD in dining area l Patio area l No pets l Shop, restaurant, launderette and two telephones on the park l Reception and office l Bus stops by park entrance l Bus ride to Abergele/ Pensarn railway station, Rhyl, Prestatyn and Llandudno. Open: Mar - Oct Units for hire: 11 Sleeps: 2 Chalet per week: 205 250 Sat - Fri weekly Short break period: Min three night stay at 40 per night

St Marys Holiday Park, Mostyn Road, Gronant Road, Prestatyn, Denbighshire LL19 9TB t: 01745 855326 e: w: contact: Vince & Lin Baharie

On the outskirts of Prestatyn, with easy access to beaches and the surrounding area. We provide a welcoming family feel atmosphere, on our level site with views in all directions. Fishing lake now open. Open: Easter - October Total mixed pitches: 54 Charges for 2 people per tent/caravan pitch per night: from 16 - 22.50


Look forward to your next

family holiday
at Presthaven Sands
We live for family holidays. And if youre anything like us, you need a family holiday that keeps everyone entertained - whatever the weather. From our swimming pools, golf and climbing walls, to a truly stunning location on the welsh coastline, were condent that there will be plenty of smiles from everyone - whether theyre 8 or 80!

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other graded accommodation

Barratt's at Ty'n Rhyl, 167 Vale Road, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 2PH 01745 344138 4 Star Restaurant with Rooms Beaches Hotel, Beach Road East, Prestatyn, Denbighshire LL19 7LG 01745 853072 3 Star Hotel Plas Ifan, 17 Fforddlas, Prestatyn, Denbighshire LL19 9SG 01745 887883 3 Star B&B Premier Inn, Rhuddlan Castle View Retail Park, Marsh Road, Rhuddlan, Denbighshire LL18 5UA 0870 111 2857 Visit Wales Budget Hotel Red Lion, 4 Ffordd Talargoch, Meliden, Prestatyn, Denbighshire LL19 8LA 01745 852565 3 Star Inn Wavecrest, 28 River Street, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 1PT 01745 351646 3 Star Guest House Hafan Haydn, Plas Onn Bach, Marian Cwm, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 6HU 01745 570753 Self Catering awaiting grading Ocean View, 43 East Parade, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 3AW 01745 351671 3 Star Self Catering Ty Nain, Glanrafon, Pandy Lane, Dyserth, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 6AL 01745 570958 4 Star Self Catering New Pines Caravan Park, Dyserth Road, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 4DY 01745 3528041 5 Star Holiday Park Oakfield Caravan Park, Morfa Avenue, Kinmel Bay, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 5LE 01745 342455 4 Star Holiday Park Sun Valley Caravan Park, Marsh Road, Rhuddlan, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 5UD 01745 590269 4 Star Holiday Park Tan Y Don Caravan Park, 263 Victoria Road, Prestatyn, Denbighshire LL19 7UT 01745 853749 5 Star Holiday Park


Come and explore the chilly nooks and crannies of Ruthin Gaol and discover what life was like behind bars.

Group, family tickets and annual membership available Did you know you can now hold your special event, party, or wedding ceremony at Ruthin Gaol? See website or telephone for details, opening hours and prices
Ruthin Gaol Clwyd Street Ruthin LL15 1HP 01824 708281

Rhyl Museum & Arts Centre

'Stroll down an Edwardian 'pier' and peek into the kiosks to discover more about the history and lives of people who shaped the town'
Rhyl Museum & Arts Centre Church St Rhyl LL18 3AA

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Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl & Prestatyn

The Isle of Anglesey

The North Wales Borderlands

take your pick ...

introducing waless holiday areas
Rhyl and Prestatyn is one of the Holiday Areas within Wales. Each area has its own distinct character.

Snowdonia Mountains & Coast/ Eryri Mynyddoedd a Mr Ceredigion Cardigan Bay Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons

Pembrokeshire The Valleys of South Wales

Carmarthenshire the Garden of Wales Swansea Bay the Gower Peninsula, Mumbles & Afan & the Vale of Neath The Glamorgan Heritage Coast & Countryside

Wye Valley & Vale of Usk

The Isle of Anglesey Anglesey offers unparalleled beauty, amazing adventures, serious solitude and a warm welcome. Easily accessible; this unique island, with its coastline, varied beaches and historical towns make it a superb base for all the family. Those that have visited need not be told. They just return t: +44 (0)1248 713177 e: w: w: Llandudno and Colwyn Bay Vibrant Llandudno, the Victorian seaside gem with a history that goes back to the Bronze Age. World Heritage Conwy with its rich maritime past. Waterfront adventure in Colwyn Bay. Year round breaks, filled with family fun, good food, great walking, world-class theatre and a full calendar of exciting events. All within easy reach of Snowdonia. t: +44 (0)1492 577577 e: w: w: The North Wales Borderlands Short journey: very different place. Less than 20 minutes from Chester, were just a short journey from the North West and the West Midlands. From the bustling shops and nightlife of Wrexham to the culinary delights of the Mold Food and Drink Festival to the world-famous Llangollen International Eisteddfod. One hundred percent Wales on your doorstep! t: +44 (0)1978 292015 e: w: Snowdonia Mountains and Coast The outdoor adventure playground of North Wales that includes the Snowdonia National Park, Lly n Peninsula and Cambrian Coastline. A wide choice of quality accommodation, attractions and activities castles, narrow-gauge railways, golf, cycling, walking, award winning beaches, country parks, coastal path, World Heritage Site, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Heritage Coast. t: +44 (0)1341 281485 e: w: w: w: w: Mid Wales and the Brecon Beacons Step into fabulous walking country right on your doorstep. Two National Trails and a National Park, charming spa and market towns and outdoor pursuits in outstanding scenery. Home to Hay Literary Festival and Brecon Jazz, events throughout the year make this a destination for

all seasons. t: +44 (0)1874 622485 e: w: Ceredigion Cardigan Bay & the Cambrian Mountains Some of the UKs best coast and countryside to explore on foot or horseback, by bike or boat. Natural beauty from dolphins and red kites to waterfalls, woods and open moors. Enjoy good food, traditional festivals and unique events as well as award winning beaches and resorts, including colourful Aberaeron harbour and Aberystwyth, the cultural capital of Wales. t: +44 (0)1970 612125 e: w: w: Pembrokeshire Britains Only Coastal National Park Rated by National Geographic magazine experts as the second best coastline in the world. With 186 miles of magnificent and varied coastline and over 50 beaches, theres plenty of space for everyone. Choose between lively Tenby and Saundersfoot or peaceful St Davids and Newport. Perfect for outdoor activities or just relaxing. t: 44 (0)844 888 5115 e: w: Carmarthenshire Carmarthen Bay Stretching from Carmarthen Bay in the South to the Western Brecon Beacons in the North, discover Wales longest beaches, the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, the home of Merlin the magician plus Laugharne, Llandeilo, Carmarthen, Kidwelly, Pendine, Llandovery & the Teifi & Towy Valleys. Perfect fishing, cycling and walking. t: +44 (0)1267 231557 e: w: Swansea Bay - Mumbles, Gower, Afan and the Vale of Neath Unwind in the UKs first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, relax on award-winning beaches, and explore unspoilt countryside. Visit some of the UKs best locations for walking, cycling, watersports and golf, together with Swansea, Wales Waterfront City, home to Wales first Premier League football team. t: +44 (0)1792 468321 e: w: The Valleys Heart and Soul of Wales A stunning landscape perfect for walking, cycling and many other outdoor activities. The Valleys has a unique history, including a World Heritage Site, Wales largest castle and Big Pit, the real coal mine


attraction. For a true Welsh experience, visit The Valleys, the heart and soul of Wales. t: +44 (0)29 2088 0011 e: w: Cardiff, Capital of Wales The capital of Wales has unique attractions, top-class entertainment and quality shopping with a difference. Cardiff Castle, the Millennium Stadium, National Museum Cardiff, the Wales Millennium Centre and brand new Doctor Who Experience combined with Cardiff Bay offer indoor and outdoor entertainment for everyone. t: +44 (0)29 2087 3573 e: w: The Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Countryside The dramatic Heritage Coast and popular resorts of Barry Island and Porthcawl are fringed by lovely Vale and Bridgend countryside and green hills. Discover the special character of an area steeped in history and its close to Cardiff, Wales cosmopolitan capital. t: +44 (0)1446 704867 t: +44 (0)1656 786639 e: e: w: w: The Wye Valley and Vale of Usk Brecon Beacons, Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Blaenavon World Heritage Site and Celtic Manor Resort. Explore bustling market towns, formidable castles, Roman towns, and magnificent gardens. Busy bees, real ales, artisan producers, Michelin stars and Abergavenny and Newport Food Festivals help to make this the food capital of Wales. All you need for a proper holiday! t: +44 (0)1291 623772 e: w:

For FREE copies of any THREE Holiday Area brochures please tick the appropriate boxes and send to: Visit Wales, Dept N03, PO Box 1, Cardiff CF24 2XN

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The Isle of Anglesey Llandudno & Colwyn Bay The North Wales Borderlands Snowdonia Mountains & Coast/Eryri Mynyddoedd a Mr Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons Ceredigion Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains Pembrokeshire Carmarthenshire the Garden of Wales Swansea Bay, Mumbles, Gower, Afan & the Vale of Neath The Valleys Heart and Soul of Wales Cardiff The Glamorgan Heritage Coast & Countryside

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brand new for 2013

Rhyls beach is so good, we want everyone to be able to enjoy it including people with restricted mobility. Thats why for Easter 2013 were building a new access straight onto the sand behind East Parade car park.

Before you take the plunge, call into the lifeguard station next door to hire one of our sand-friendly wheelchairs with inflatable balloon tyres that glide across the beach. That way youll get to enjoy the full seaside experience not to mention the crunch of the sand beneath your wheels. Youll be in good company. The new slipway is already proving popular as a place to launch hand-pulled craft like sand yachts, kite buggies and landboards. With five miles of sand stretching all the way to Prestatyn, thrill-seekers can just let rip and see where the wind takes them. And when theyre done, they can wheel back to the car park in no time, grab a drink or a bite to eat and explore the other attractions on the promenade.

This project has been jointly funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and RWE's Gwynt y Mr windfarm tourism fund.

what do you want to know?

Theres not much the friendly staff in our Tourist Information Centre dont know about Rhyl and Prestatyn. And they like questions, the more obscure the better. It gives them a chance to show off their local knowledge. So dont be shy. Call in, ring them up or drop them an email. This is just a taste of what they can do:
The TIC is open seven days a week during the summer season and Monday-Friday for the rest of the year. Although the staff do have Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day off. On those days youll just have to rely on their Facebook page and Twitter feed to let you know whats going on.

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book accommodation across the whole UK provide free walking guides and other literature book National Coaches, Stena and Irish Ferries or Eurolines coaches sell theatre and concert tickets book excursions and tours offer free wifi help you plan your route and itinerary suggest fun days out sell maps, guidebooks and gifts

Tourist Information Centre, The Village, West Parade, Rhyl LL18 1HZ 01745 355068 / 344515



how to get here

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Prestatyn Rhyl

Isle of Anglesey

North Wales

Rhyl and Prestatyn are incredibly easy to get to however you prefer to travel.
Rhyl and Prestatyn


by car
The A55 expressway has direct links to the M56 and M6. Were just an hour from Manchester and Liverpool and a couple of hours from the West Midlands.

by coach
Both towns have National Express and Eurolines coach terminals.

by train
Rhyl and Prestatyn stations are on the Euston to Holyhead mainline with connections to Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and South Wales.

by ferry
Ferries run daily from Holyhead to Ireland.

by plane
Manchester and Liverpool airports are less than an hours drive away.