Visiting Colwyn Bay

Colwyn Bay is a seaside resort on the north coast of Wales with good transport links. The A55 runs through the town and there is a railway station on the Holyhead to Crewe North Wales Coast Line. The River Colwyn runs through the town. There is plenty to offer the visitor, whether they are on a long holiday, short break or day trip. There is a wide range of accommodation from good quality hotels to bed and breakfast establishments.

From Colwyn there is easy access to the wonderful beaches at Rhos on Sea which is reached by way of a long promenade. A cycle track follows the walk too and refreshments can be found at the various kiosks along the route. For those who enjoy sailing, jet skiing or fishing, there are various slipways all along the prom. Shopping centres can be found at both Colwyn Bay and Rhos On Sea.

Also in the area are several golf courses and the famous Welsh Mountain Zoo. The Isle of Anglesey and the breathtaking Snowdonia National Park are within a short driving distance. There are also properties owned by the National Trust as well as a leisure centre at Eiras together with bowling greens, tennis courts and gardens.

There is indoor entertainment in the form of Theatre Colwyn which opened 120 years ago and seats 380 people. The theatre hosts a variety of performances from rock music to dance and drama as well as a Christmas pantomime and various shows performed in the Welsh language. Sport and keeping fit are taken seriously in this part of north Wales. The Abergele Fencing Club offers coaching for all standards of fencing. There are several leisure clubs offering keep-fit classes and body-building exercise machines as well as beauty treatments.

The nearby town of Llandudno is an old Victorian seaside resort and is popular year round as entertainment is offered at many of its hotels even in winter. Conwy too is definitely worth a visit to look round its magnificent castle. On the beach at Rhos On Sea is St Trillo Chapel which was built in the sixth century and measures only 6 feet by 15 feet. It is said there is a Holy Well here where Madoc, the son of Owain Gwynedd, sailed to the Americas in 1170 - more than three hundred years before Columbus.

The Victorians were the first people to become interested in seaside resorts and they encouraged the expansion of Colwyn. Later the word Bay was added to bring interest and commercialism to the town. Today Colwyn Bay has a wide variety of businesses and a strong sense of community. When it comes to eating and drinking, there is a good mix in Colwyn. The Red Lion in Old Colwyn is a traditional Victorian pub which offers a friendly atmosphere and specialises in real ales. By contrast, the China Club Chinese Restaurant offers an exciting modern menu and has recently been revamped with a chic, stylish décor.

Colwyn Bay Farmers Market was the first farmers market in North Wales. Farmers travel a radius of about 30 miles to offer their fresh produce directly to the public. Everything from vegetables, cheese, honey and Welsh meat are sold at the market which is every Thursday from 9am to 2pm and there is free parking nearby.

Colwyn Bay has several nightclubs within a short driving distance. There is The Vanilla Lounge and Club Blush in Rhyl, just ten miles away as well as The Octagon in Bangor and Fever in Birkenhead, just 30 miles to the north.

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