Rhyl is the quintessential British seaside resort. For generations it’s been the place to come if you fancy the sand between your toes, the breeze in your hair and a great big ice cream in your hand. We wouldn’t blame you if you just wanted to hire a deck chair and hit the beach – or dip your toes in the Drift Park’s famous paddling pool. But Rhyl’s not just for sunbathers and sandcastle builders. There are lots of walkers and cyclists too. That’s because two epic routes pass through here: the 870-mile Wales Coast Path and 372-mile National Cycle Route 5.

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Rhyl Beach

A couple of centuries ago Rhyl was an obscure fishing village on the North Wales coast with a population of about 300. By the mid-1800s, thanks to the coming of the railway, it was one of the most fashionable watering places in Britain. A lot may have changed since our ancestors strolled down the promenade in top hats or crinolines. But some things will always be the same. The sea, the sand and a climate officially sunnier than the national average for a start. You’ll see many reminders of the town’s Victorian and Edwardian heyday if you take the two-hour stroll along the trail. You’ll hear some remarkable stories about maritime and aviation pioneers. And at our 700-year-old harbour you’ll cross a very 21st century bridge.

We have a comprehensive range of accommodation available in the Rhyl area to suit every budget from smaller B&B’s and Guest Houses to large 3 Star hotels, along with holiday parks and camping caravan sites.