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The coast of North West Wales

There is about twenty miles of coastline in North Wales for you to enjoy It is mainly long sandy beaches, broken by the occasional headland. The main road follows the coast fairly closely, taking you through a series of resorts from Penmaenmawr in the west to Prestatyn in the east.

The list below gives fuller information on the main resorts and towns on the coast.


The biggest of all the Welsh coastal holiday resorts, Llandudno lies between the headlands of Little Orme and Great Orme, with a great crescent of sandy beach in between.

To get to admire the view from the top of Great Ormes Head 680 feet high, take the cable car, or the funicular railway , or by road, or if you are really keen a brisk walk up Happy Valley. Little Ormes Head is still 465 feet high, and has views over the coast and Snowdonia from its craggy summit.

The town itself has managed to retain a lot of its original character, and has avoided being spoilt in the way that many of the Victorian resorts on the coast of Britain have been.

St Asaph

St Asaph is not on the North Wales coast, but is inland. A city - as it has a cathedral- and is one of the smallest cities in Britain. The cathedral dates from 573 AD, but the present building is partly Norman, mainly 15th century. It was extensively restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1870.

2 miles away at Cefn Caves are the remains of pre-historic man that are thought to be over 50,000 years old


A quiet market town, away from the bustle of the coast with an interesting High Street, whose buildings include a 15th century church.

Llanferres, 4 miles to the south west, gives good views over the mountains beyond.


More than just a popular holiday resort on the North Wales Coast. Prestatyn was at the northern end of Offa's Dyke, the massive earthwork that marked the Welsh English boundary in the 8th century, and named after King Offa of Mercia who ordered its construction. It stretched from Prestatyn to Chepstow on the River Severn in England.

There are 4 miles of sandy beaches on one side, and good walking country on the other. Walks Gwaenysgor, with its Norman church, are particularly fine.


Known mainly as a modern seaside resort, with two enormous funfairs, the resort is packed with the usual amusements that are de rigor for such clientele visiting the coast.

King Edward I is said to have proclaimed his infant son the first Prince of Wales at Rhuddllan Castle, 2 miles south of Rhyl.

Colwyn Bay

Major modern seaside resort with a three mile wide bay. All the usual amenities on the coast, plus a zoo.

There is a good walk for two miles up the Nant-y-Glynn valley to Christ Church at Bryn-y-Maen. Climb the church tower to get views for miles over the surrounding countryside.


The town grew, on the coast, around the medieval castle, which is still in good repair today. Conwy town walls were built in the shape of a Welsh harp, its walls are 15 feet thick and a walk round their perimeter takes over half a mile. It was started, as were many Welsh castles, by Edward I in the late 13th century. It was here that Richard II finally surrendered to Henry Bolingbroke in 1399.

Telford's suspension bridge spans the Conwy river, and it was designed to compliment the castle's architecture.

Bodnant Gardens, 3 miles south of Conwy, are one of the most beautiful gardens in Britain, with the River Conwy and Snowdon in the background.


Flint is another Welsh market town that grew from its medieval castle. The castle is now in ruins.



Bodnant Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK, spanning some 80 acres and is situated above the River Conwy on ground sloping towards the west and looking across the valley towards the Snowdonia range.

The garden has two parts. The upper garden around Bodnant Hall consists of the terraced gardens and informal lawns shaded by trees.
The lower portion, known as the "Dell" is formed by the valley of the River Hiraethlyn and contains the Wild garden.

An endeavour has been made at Bodnant Garden to grow a wide range of interesting and beautiful plants from all over the world, particularly China, North America, Europe and Japan that are suited to the Welsh climate and soil. As well as this, care has been taken to place the plants in such a way that they enhance each other and contribute to the general beauty of the garden throughout the seasons.

The Garden will interest amateur and professional gardeners, artists, photographers and families alike.


The Great Orme Tramway has been delighting visitors since it opened on July 31st 1902. An engineering marvel of its age, it's still the only cable-hauled tramway still operating on British public roads.

At the Halfway Station exhibition, discover the fascinating funicular tramway - then enjoy the spectacular ride to the top.

Lovingly restored - Re-live the experience of travel more than 100 years ago in the original tramcars - each named after a Saint. The whole tramway has been lovingly restored, ready for another century of service.

So much to see - The view from the Great Orme's 679ft (207m) summit are breathtaking- from Snowdonia and Anglesey, all the way to to the Isle of Man, Blackpool and the Lake District.

So much to discover - The Great Orme is a wonderland of nature and history. Look out for the two varieties of butterfly which are unique to the area, the wild Kashmir goats and the rare flowers.

Explore the headland's amazing Bronze Age copper mines, the Iron Age fort and the Stone Age remains. Visit the 6th century St Tudno's Church. Or simply breathe in the fresh air and beauty.



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