Rhyl is a laid-back town on Wales’ northeast coast, at the mouth of the River Clwyd. With its Victorian architecture, elegant seafront and sandy beach, it is easy to see why this classic Welsh resort has been a magnet to holidaymakers for centuries. From your holiday cottage in Rhyl, the town centre will be a stroll away with a variety of independent shops and a number of beautiful historic buildings, including the Victorian-Gothic parish church of St Thomas, looming over Bath Street. Take a wander along West Parade, home to Rhyl Children’s Village, a theme park with brilliant rides and amusements. Nearby, the 250-foot Sky Tower is one of the town’s most distinctive landmarks. On the East Parade, SeaQuarium features eels, piranhas and stonefish, and is a must-see on self-catering holidays in Rhyl. At Marine Lake, there is a narrow-gauge miniature railway, a playground and a number of water sport clubs.
Rhyl Beach is a wonderful stretch of golden sand with plenty of space for sunbathing, sandcastle-building or a bracing swim in the sea. Between the seafront and town centre, Drift Park offers parkland, fountains, sculptures and nostalgic seaside amusements. If you fancy an evening out, see what is on at the Pavilion Theatre, which hosts a year-round programme of drama, comedy and live music.
The green, rolling countryside around Rhyl is scattered with magnificent castles, including the impressive riverside 13th century fortress of Rhuddlan Castle, and Victorian Bodelwyddan Castle, set in stunning gardens with orchards, bird hides and woodland walks. One of Wales’ most celebrated walking routes, Offa’s Dyke Path, is a stone’s throw from Rhyl holiday cottages. Enjoy breathtaking views along the coast from Prestatyn Hillside before descending into the town. Snowdonia National Park and the Isle of Anglesey are a scenic drive west from Rhyl.