Talacre Beach

Beach and dunes

Located within a village in Flintshire, Talacre Beach offers an attractive opportunity for all the family to visit the famous and magnificent lighthouse that was built in 1776; an ideal place to overlook the awarding-winning beach, if you can nab visiting rights.

The dunes attract scientific interest with their unique collection of natterjack toads and wintering birds. Little Terns dive for fish, and you can even spot skylarks, meadowpipits, or warblers.

Second World War remains lay at the base of the dunes, said to be pillboxes built to protect the nearby industrial towns from attack. Many Liverpool families evacuated to Talacre Warren and spent the duration of the war in wooden chalets.


Talacre Lighthouse is famous for its ghostly sightings, including a figure wearing old-fashioned lighthouse keeper clothes. The lighthouse was abandoned in 1883, but still stands to this day.

The door is only accessible at low tide and can get surrounded by 40 yards of water, so you really don’t want to get stuck there at the wrong time of day! In 2010, a climber painted the lighthouses exterior by abseiling from the tower – that’s extreme decorating.

Camping Out

Bordered by miles of sandy dunes, there are a range of caravan parks among other quality five star facilities facing the Irish Sea which invite you to unwind, relax and take in the fresh, coastal air.


The main attraction of Talacre Beach is its outstanding beauty. In November 2012, our favourite beach won the ‘Best in Wales’ award. The scenery is best enjoyed with a long walk past the dunes, in a circular route that’ll take you back to The Smuggler’s Inn for a pint (or a coke for the kids).


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Station Rd, Talacre, Holywell CH8 9RD, UK
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