The seaside town of Rhyl in North Wales is a lovely place to go for a family holiday. In the summer months, the town is packed with tourists looking to relax and have a splash in the sea, yet Rhyl is an all-season holiday hotspot, so you can enjoy staying at Lyon’s Rhyl caravan parks throughout the year.
Our guide to the town will help you plan your visit; know the best attractions, the top beaches and the finest places for dining out.
Miles and miles of Rhyl’s sandy beaches are perfect for leisurely walks and sports in winter, and ideal for sunbathing in the summer months. There are lifeguards on the beaches in summer too, so you can rest assured you and your children are in safe hands.
The west beach can be found near the harbour. Avoid swimming at this end due to the boats in the harbour and currents from the River Clwyd. However, further toward the Drift Park it is ideal for paddling, and the Water Play Area is perfect for younger kids.
Rhyl Central beach can be found opposite the top of the High Street and is by far the busiest. There are several beach sports to try out in the milder weather from volleyball to football. Be aware of the tides going in and out – they can change faster than you realise.
The eastern beach stretches from the coastguard station to the Old Golf Road, and there are loads of activities to attempt on this stretch of sand. Try kite surfing, windsurfing or kayaking if you want to be a bit adventurous with your beach activities!
If you have your dog with you on your holiday, then Splash Point is the beach for you. While the other beaches have dog restrictions May to September, Splash Point is open to dogs all year where they can stretch their legs and run around.
Rhyl is home to some world-class attractions, which have drawn visitors of all ages, backgrounds and preferences for many years. There are outdoor activities for days of good weather and indoor attractions for when it’s cold and raining, so you can take your pick – and still leave some undiscovered for your next holiday!
Come face to face with a variety of sea creatures and animals at Rhyl SeaQuarium. There is lots to see, from the underwater tunnel, the Sea Lion Cove, beach zone, British coasts zone and jellyfish at Out of the Blue. Kids will love learning about what happens under the waves, and being indoors it’s great for any rainy days.
The Botanical Gardens at Rhyl are gorgeous all year, with splashes of colour everywhere. You can wander in the Victorian park among the trees, or try your hand at golf on the nine-hole putting green. There is a café too if you are in need of a light snack during your visit.
Rhyl Marine Lake
If you are seeking some adrenaline and water sports, the Marine Lake is what you’re after. The lake is joined to the sea by a sluice gate and is so big it has its own island. There are taster sessions in summer for sailing, canoeing, kneeboarding, water skiing and wakeboarding, and you can try the sports all year – just remember a wetsuit! If you don’t fancy taking to the water, then there is the environmental trail, where you can learn about the local wildlife.
Rhyl Miniature Railway
The oldest mini steam link in Britain can be found in Rhyl, and it has been taking families on trips around the Marine Lake since 1911! When the railway celebrated its 100th birthday, it opened its own museum, where you can sit in the driver’s seat of Billy the engine, pull the signal levers and ring the bells. Great fun for kids of all ages.
Restaurants and Cafes
There is an amazing selection of restaurants, bistros, pubs and cafes in Rhyl; you can find something to eat around every corner, and choose from a diverse range of cuisines. There are lots of places to grab traditional fish and chips, restaurants to sample some local cuisine, quirky cafes to grab a light lunch, and takeaways serving quality Chinese, Indian and Italian.
You may need to book in advance for a table, but that just indicates the popularity of the Bistro. The food includes British and Welsh dishes, vegetarian options and caters to gluten-free and vegan diets.
Les & Rita’s Fish Bar
If you are in a British seaside town, then you have to get fish and chips! Les & Rita’s is the place to go and is a well-established fish bar in Rhyl. Staff are friendly, and prices are decent and best of all the fish is fresh and tasty!
Liffy’s Café & Bistro
This cute café in Rhyl is welcoming and a lovely place to get out of the rain. The dishes are British, with vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options available, and one of the most popular are the hot chocolates, piled high with cream and marshmallows!
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