Penmaenmawr Beach

With the foothills of Snowdonia behind this long sandy beach looks out over the Menai Straits and coast of Anglesey, as well as Puffin Island and Llandudno’s Great Orme. The beach is sandy at low tide, while the upper bay is a combination of pebble and sand. The beach stretches for over half a mile, and the outer edges are marked by rocks and coastal defences. The beach is adjacent to the Wales Coast Path and the coastal waters here are part of the Menai Strait and Conwy Bay Special Area of Conservation.

Amidst the landscaped terraces with the grassy areas and flower borders there are amusement arcades and beach chalets to hire, as well as a café and an attractive promenade. The west end of the promenade has plenty of parking and wheelchair access to the beach is good. It is possible to hire beach huts.

There’s a play area for children and an outdoor paddling area next to the promenade. Other activities include canoeing, sailing, and windsurfing. There is no lifeguard service at this beach.

Dogs are not allowed on the main beach from 1 May to 30 September, including the foreshore and seashore, and any staircase or slope that leads to the beach. At low tide, dogs can be let off the lead for exercise on clearly marked areas of sand to either side of the beach.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not allowed on the main section of beach from 1st May to 30th September although at low tide there is an area of sand to either side where dogs can be let off the lead.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Wind surfing


  • Promenade

Nearest town



LL34 6AZ

OS grid ref.

SH 7197 7678

Water quality

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Blue Flag Award

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Penmaenmawr Beach Reviews

Little gem

Sep 01st 2020

Lovely quiet beach, accessible via bike path from Conwy. Cafe, toilets ample parking. 
With a boat ramp that can be used as disabled / push chair access if required.

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