Day Trip To St Asaph and Rhyl: Pt 2 – Rhyl, Wales

We continued our day out to North Wales in Rhyl, after getting the bus back there after visiting St Asaph. Rhyl bus station is directly outside the train station so there are easily bus and rail links.

Rhyl:

Status: Denbighshire, Town, Wales

Date: 23/02/2013

Travel: Merseyrail (Southport – Chester, Via Liverpool Moorfields), Arriva Trains Wales (Chester – Rhyl), Stagecoach (Rhyl – St Asaph)

Eating & Sleeping: The Piazza Restaurant

Attractions: Rhyl Pleasureland (Closed), Rhyl Beach, Town Hall, Clock Tower, Theatre, Promenade, Marine Lake, Aquarium, Sky Tower, Rhyl Museum etc

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This lovely building is the town hall, dating back to the Victorian Era, and has an impressive clock tower. The building was between between 1874 and 1876, to replace a previous town hall on the site that had been built in 1855. The building was extended between 1886 and 1890. When it was first built it houses the county court, the markets and as well as a police station in the building. Still standing today it doesn’t look like it has aged a bit since it was built, and is a good example of architecture that has been looked aftervery well.

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Rhyl promenade is similar to many other promenades in the UK, such as Southport and Blackpool, with various attractions dotted up and down it with the beach, fairground, clock tower, small lake and theatre. Also along the promenade are the aquarium and the 250 foot sky tower from 1889, which is now the main attraction in the town since the Pavilion Theatre that was demolished in 1973. There are a few parks down the front of the promenade, perfect for young children in summer.

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It was the wrong time of year for the beach when we went however the North Wales Coast Line is renowned for being clean and pleasurable to visit. The fairground is located just off to the left unfortunately it shut in 2007 and plans to reopen it are still ongoing. Further out, there is the Marine Lake which the train goes directly past on the way out of Rhyl towards Holyhead and Bangor. Running around the edge of the lake is a miniature railway, that uses small steam trains. To find out more visit http://www.rhylminiaturerailway.co.uk/. There used to be a Zoo, amongst other attractions around the lake but the miniature railway is the only attraction left there now.

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One of the landmarks that stands out along the seafront is the clock tower, standing in the middle of a large roundabout.

Rhyl is a pleasant seaside town, and even though we didn’t go at the height of summer it was a nice experience down at the sea front, especially as it wasn’t the height of the tourist season.

It is located on the North Wales Coastline from Chester to Holyhead with good links towards London as well. By road the main A55 runs near the town and it has good bus links to local places such as St Asaph which we used.

I think if we had come at the height of summer with all the tourists it would have been even more fun but we still had a great time, any visits to Wales are great fun as its not somewhere we get that often, and there was plenty to see and do going up and down the coast line on the train, as well as in Rhyl itself and we saw many interesting buildings on the way to the beach.

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