The seaside resort of Rhyl lies on the northwest coast of Wales, near the mouth of the picturesque River Clwyd. Popular with holidaymakers, Rhyl’s golden sandy beach stretches for over 6 miles (9 km). With easy transport links by rail, Rhyl has plenty of attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy, and can also be a good base for exploring the nearby town of Prestatyn.
1. Rhyl Beach
This glorious stretch of sand is simply wonderful, and with the tide receding by more than half a mile on some low tides, the beach becomes even better. The wide promenade, with a choice of colourful arcades and cafes, leads to the crazy golf courses, and the traditional favourite - donkey rides, are often available. Perfect for families, a visit to Rhyl beach makes a great day out.
- Location: Less than 10 minutes walk from Rhyl station
- Fun for all the family
- Enjoy a walk along the promenade
2. Marine Lake
On the mouth of the River Clwyd, Marine Lake is a large manmade saltwater lake, the only example in Wales, and it’s fed by the nearby estuary.
Marine Lake is a haven for wildlife and attracts visitors wanting to experience nature at its very best. The path around the lake’s perimeter is wheelchair friendly and lies on the National Network Route 5 for cyclists. There are several play areas, ideal for picnics with the children, and the Ocean Beach Water Ski Club provides opportunities for wakeboarding and water-skiing.
- Location: Just a 15 minute walk from Rhyl station
- The only man-made salt water lake in Wales
- A perfect spot for a picnic
3. Rhyl Miniature Railway
With a route around the perimeter of Marine Lake, Rhyl Miniature Railway is a fantastically preserved gem. The oldest miniature railway in Britain, the engines run on a 15 gauge track and have done since it opened in 1911. With a new, improved station opened in 2007, an interactive museum, coffee shop selling delicious homemade cakes and confectionary, and a popular gift shop, for steam enthusiasts and everyone else, it’s a must-do.
4. SeaQuarium Rhyl
Designed around a variety of ocean habitats, SeaQuarium Rhyl is both educational and great fun. Giving the chance to get really close to some of the world’s most dangerous fish, including flesh-eating piranhas, the deadly pufferfish and the almost impossible to spot stonefish, the aquarium is also home to a group of delightfully inquisitive harbour seals and sea lions.
You can actually walk under the waves in SeaQuarium’s innovative tunnel system, and experience being among the marine life, such as rays, sharks and the beautiful but deadly moon jellyfish. If you’re feeling brave head for the twilight zone to get up close and personal with nature’s scariest beasts - giant spiders, creepy rats, and slithering snakes, and you can even adopt an animal chum - from sharks to seahorses, to help conserve wildlife in its natural environment.
5. Pavilion Theatre
Located on the waterfront, Rhyl’s award-winning Pavilion Theatre offers a packed year-round programme of performances from stand up to opera, live music to classic plays. However, with the belief that the arts should be available for all, the theatre also showcases many local and school productions.
The restaurant and bar on the first floor provide delicious pre or post-performance meals, interval snacks or just a relaxing drink to enjoy with friends. The perfect end to your stay in Rhyl.