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Located just along the coast from Colwyn Bay, Penrhyn Bay is a fairly quiet sand and shingle beach, with stone breakwaters at either end. For the most part, the higher sections are made up of shingle, whilst it becomes sandier closer to the water, particularly when the tide is out.
The beach is well known for its rock pools, which contain an abundance of wildlife, including shrimp. Between September and January, the beach is sometimes used as a breeding ground for seals. If seals are on the beach, it is important to respect them and give them a wide berth. Otherwise, dogs are allowed on the beach.
For the most part, the beach is backed by a sea wall. There is roadside parking along Glan-Y-Mor Road, and the beach can be accessed down a short flight of steps. Along the top of the sea wall there are bicycle and walking paths, with offer excellent views of the beach and the surrounding hilly coastline.
Whilst there are no facilities at the beach, there are shops and places to eat in the town of Penrhyn, a few hundred meters away. Rhos-on-Sea golf course backs the beach and a popular coastal path passes close by.
Type of beach
Sand & shingle
Dogs friendly beach?
Restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)
- Rock pooling
- Town centre nearby
OS grid ref.
SH 8280 8155