A popular if raucous seaside resort, Rhyl lies three miles west of Prestatyn on the Irish Sea. After a recent revamp, Rhyl now has plenty of indoor and outdoor attractions to entertain the kids and has subsequently become a favourite destination for family breaks in North Wales.
Rhyl offers visitors all the traditional family attractions you can expect to find at a British seaside resort; long golden sandy beaches, amusements, candy floss and arcades. Rhyl beach is carefully patrolled by life guards and is also holder of the Blue Flag standards of cleanliness. The beaches offer children endless hours of entertainment building sandcastles and pebble or shell hunting. Children still love taking donkey rides along the sand here. It’s good to know that some things haven’t changed! Donkey rides have been held on Rhyl beach ever since the 1800’s and with Rhyl’s award-winning donkey, the tradition is all set to continue.
The beach at Rhyl is lined by a promenade which stretches for two miles with a range of indoor and outdoor family attractions along the way. At the eastern end is the Sun Centre. One of the most popular attractions in North Wales, the Sun Centre offers slides and an extremely popular surfing wavepool. Further along Rhyl’s promenade is the SeaQuarium where you can get up close to a variety of species from dogfish to eels. The star attraction here is the shark tunnel where basking sharks and eels meander listlessly in wait of the most important event of the day – feeding time!
Next to the SeaQuarium is the Events Arena which holds a variety of concerts and outdoor entertainment in the summer. Close by, the Children’s Village is the ideal spot for the wee ones with slides, a paddling pool, bowling, mini-golf and a cinema.
Most visitors to Rhyl will also head to the 240 foot Sky Tower. Unless you suffer from vertigo, don’t worry about the height – walking is not required! A rotating lift will take you to the observation deck at the top and you’ll get great views of Rhyl and the Snowdonia mountain range. Across the road, the Rhyl Palace Fun Centre offers more family fun from the horrors of the Terror Tombs and an adventure playground to 10 pin bowling and bingo. If your kids still need entertaining than head to the Ocean Beach Amusement Park. The largest funfair in North Wales, the park offers a range of rides including rollercoasters, swingarounds, dodgems and ski-jumps.