Year of the Sea 2018: 5 Idyllic Seaside Towns in North Wales

The North Wales coastline is dotted with several quintessential towns, offering visitors a classic seaside holiday destination. With gorgeous promenades to stroll along as the sun is setting, historical piers allowing you to admire the coastline from a different perspective, arcades to gamble your spare change in the hope of winning a souvenir and a range of independent shops and eateries. Each town offers something slightly different to visitors but remains as equally as charming as the next.

Llandudno Pier, North Wales


The working harbour in Rhyl contributes to the atmosphere of the town, with frequent boats, both for fishing and leisure making their way in and out of the quay, the horizon is often dotted with an array of vessels. It’s not just the stunning stretch of coastline that Rhyl boasts that draws people to the town, there is a range of fantastic activities which can be enjoyed by the whole family. From the SeaQuarium, Pavilion Theatre and Botanical Gardens to the museum and railway, a one-week holiday may not seem long enough to fit it all in.


The beaches of Prestatyn are some of the most popular in the area, and the five-mile stretch of gloriously golden sand is linked together by the recently rejuvenated promenade. This destination is perfect for visitors looking to spend their time away in the most traditional seaside way, building sandcastles, swimming in the sea and sitting on a deck chair, with a pile of chips in one hand and an ice cream in the other – what could be better?

The picturesque town also has a fascinating history, and there is evidence of life in the area over 2000 years ago! A Roman bath house was discovered in 1984, amongst the ruins, a collection of shaped bronze items were found.


The quintessential Victorian seaside town has been attracting visitors to the area for hundreds of years. The enticement of the fresh sea air and panoramic views contribute to a memorable and relaxing holiday for all the family. To explore all this stunning town and area has to offer, grab a couple of bicycles, hop on the cycle path and head to one of the neighbouring towns, either Rhos-on-Sea or Abergele. The route rewards cyclists with incredible views of the varied coastline and out to sea. Should you want to, there are plenty of places to stop off on route to refuel and admire the scenery.


With two beautiful peninsulas with sandy beaches encompassing Llandudno, the sights to be admired from the town are outstanding. Llandudno is often regarded as ‘frozen in time’ as the streets are lined with impeccable Victorian buildings, and the beach boasts a promenade as well as Wales’ longest pier. The town’s pier is over 100 years old yet it remains a popular spot for visitors and locals alike looking for a way to enjoy a few hours. Not only is there breath-taking views, but there is a range of stalls and shops, an arcade, eateries and a host of events throughout the year including live music and other entertainment.


The hidden gem amongst the seaside towns of North Wales. Towny is comparably sleepy, yet for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle, it is the perfect destination. Our stunning selection of Wales holiday homes for sale are within a few minutes’ walk to the beautiful beach nearby, Towyn and Kinmel Bay. The soft sandy attraction is famed amongst outdoor water sports enthusiasts, and the bay is frequently dotted with paddleboarders, windsurfers and canoes and kayaks. The beach is backed by the stunning Dune Nature Reserve, which encloses a variety of wild flora and fauna, including skylarks and the beautiful bird’s foot trefoil.

Which seaside town will you be visiting during your holiday in North Wales? We would love to hear about your experience during your time in this stunning part of the UK!

Take a look at our other Year of the Sea 2018 blogs:

Best Beaches in North Wales

Water Sports in North Wales

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