Colwyn Bay is a Victorian seaside resort on the north coast of Wales, nestled between the Irish Sea and the towering hillside of Pwllycrochan Woods. The beach is a spacious stretch of sand, overlooked by a three-mile promenade that runs all the way to neigbouring Rhos-on-Sea. Breathing in the sea air as you wander along the seafront, it's easy to see why visitors have been sunbathing and swimming here for centuries. In Colwyn Bay's bustling town centre, you will find a range of independent shops, cafes and restaurants. For an evening meal or a pint of local ale, head to the Toad on West Promenade, an award-winning pub which serves delicious food, prepared with the finest local ingredients. If you fancy an evening out before retiring to your holiday cottage in Colwyn Bay, see what's on at Theatr Colwyn, a charming Victorian venue which is said to be Wales' oldest working theatre and hosts a packed programme of drama, comedy and music.
Self-catering holidays in Colwyn Bay are ideal for exploring north Wales' glorious countryside, where walking, horse-riding and wildlife-watching are popular. Just outside the town, a series of nature trails weave their way through the Pwllychoran Woods, with stunning views of the town and coast. Perched on the hillside, the Welsh Mountain Zoo is home to rare and endangered species from all over the world, including red pandas, Sumatran tigers and Californian sealions.
Colwyn Bay holiday cottages are perfectly located for exploring the sandy beaches, rocky coves and laid-back resorts of north Wales. A scenic drive westward, Llandudno is a delightful town with a graceful seafront and a variety of nostalgic amusements. A short drive southward, Snowdonia's glistening lakes and misty mountains are not to be missed, while to the west, the Isle of Anglesey is home to deserted bays, magnificent countryside and ancient monuments.