Rhyl Beach

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.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

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

Clwyd dog friendly beaches »


  • Amusement arcade
  • Crazy golf/putting
  • Good fishing


  • Promenade

Nearest town



LL18 3YP

OS grid ref.

SJ 0104 8208


Pay and display. disabled parking and a park and ride service during summer.

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Rhyl Beach Reviews

Been let down by Welsh goverment

Scott Christie
May 07th 2022

It a beautiful place with alot of potential where everything seems so quiet.


Feb 07th 2022

miles of golden sand,stunning views

Oct 22nd 2021

bad. very bad. very very bad

Aug 26th 2021

Very disappointed in that beach that is supposed to be dog free in the summer. We drove a long way especially for this only to find that no one respect the rules. Lots of dogs running freely on the beach and in the sea. We were so scared we could not enjoy our trip. Do not recommend!

My little bit of heaven

Feb 27th 2021

Rhyl beach is absolutely stunning .
When the tide is out you can walk for miles along golden sands , looking for shells and pebbles , building sand castles and reliving your holidays from years gone by .
The sunset is stunning . The view with the mountains,you have it all here ..
If you want to spend some quality time with your family or just have some time to yourself Rhyl is a fantastic starting point, follow the paths and let the adventures begin . Cyclist have a wonderful path that allow you to enjoy the beautiful scenery. There is a park for the children to play in. Plenty of places to get food, drink and ice creams. The harbour cafe acroos the bridge towards Kimmel Bay is a lovely place to stop and admire everything that is on offer .
The swimming baths are here, the sea life center,the children’s train ride across the Marina. The town also has a lot to offer and Rhyl train station is a short distance from the beach as well as the bus station.
It is absolutely beautiful here ,my little bit of heaven


Oct 27th 2019

I Love Rhyl, so under estimated. The Beach must be the best in the country, and I’m Cornish!

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