Rhyl

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Rhyl is a beautiful seaside town in the north of Wales, situated between Prestatyn and Abergele. It is wonderfully situated to provide access to the Snowdonia National Park as well as the beautiful island of Anglesey and the historic town of Chester. As with all of the best seaside towns around the UK, there is plenty here for all of the family to enjoy.  The kids will love a dip in the Lagoon Pool located in the Sun Centre, complete with the thunder and lightning that often accompanies a tropical climate and a trip on the monorail will allow you to look down on all of the different pools and slides, including the popular dragon slide and the energetic surf pool. The Sun Centre makes a perfect place to spend the afternoon if you don’t fancy some fun on the beach.

Photo by Berit Watkin
Photo by Berit Watkin

Places to Visit

Make a point of heading to Rhuddlan Castle, it may not be the biggest or the most impressive of the castles in Wales, but as far as the heritage of the country goes, it is just as important. Construction of the castle began in 1277 and it wasn’t only the castle that was constructed. The river channel was altered, made wider and deeper to allow ships to travel into the protected mooring of the castle docks, the river also served as a very efficient castle defence. These days the castle moat is dry, and you can see where the local people have raided the castle walls for the stones to build their houses. On a more modern level Ocean beach offers entertainment for the while family – there are a number of arcades and the whole place exudes the atmosphere of the seaside fun fair as you ride the rides and let the fun and the adrenalin flow.

Things to Do

Spend some time at the SeaQuarium, watch some incredible shows and see some of the incredible creatures that swim in the waters off the coast here. This is where the kids can come face to face with real sharks, as well as conga eels and graceful rays as they journey through the underwater tunnel, the only one of its kind in North Wales. As you work your way around the centre you will also work your way through the coastal waters around Rhyl, starting in the shallows and heading out into deeper water and off into tropical waters.

Staying with the water theme a trip to Rhyl’s Drift Park will see you playing in pools and fountains, challenging the kids to a game of mini golf and watching them burn up all of that excess energy on the playground. A lot of thought has been placed into the landscape here and there are a number of sculptures and art installations to enjoy, and best of all it is all free. There are charter boat trips on offer at the harbour which will allow you to see the coastline from the best possible vantage point.

All in all there is plenty to do here and more than enough things to wear the kids out.

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