The Beach Guide

Rhyl Beach

Rhyl Beach - Clwyd

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Until it was developed as a resort in the 1880s, Rhyl was little more than a collection of fishermen's cottages. With the hotels, promenade and seaside entertainment came hordes of visitors from the industrial heartlands of Wales, northern England and the Midlands.

As with many of Britain's seaside resorts, Rhyl's heyday has long since gone. But that doesn't mean the town has nothing to offer visitors. Still at the top of the list of attractions are the miles of sandy beach which still draw a fair crowd on a sunny day.

The main beach at Rhyl is a vast expanse of sand stretching for around 2 miles from the Clwyd Estuary to Splash Point. Rhyl beach becomes even more enormous as the tide goes out, sometimes requiring a walk of nearly half a mile to dip your toes in the sea.

Being a well established, traditional seaside resort there is a good range of activities on offer including that old favourite - donkey rides.

Along with other classics such as seafront amusement arcades there are two impressive new beachside developments. The SeaQuarium is a large, aquarium with zones such as the Shipwreck, Beach and Tropical Reef.

The Sun Centre is something of a misnomer as this all weather leisure centre comes into its own when the sun isn't shining! There is indoor surfing, water slides and flumes.

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Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 1st May until 30th September inclusive.

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    LL18 3YP

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    SJ 0104 8208

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