A guide to the north coast of Wales - the Menai bridge in the west to Prestatyn in the east. And inland to St Asaph, Flint and Mold. The coast has lots of fine beaches and resorts big and small
this is a land of and Norman castles
The coast of North Wales
It is about twenty miles of coastline in North Wales for you to enjoy. There are mainly long sandy beaches, broken by the occasional headlands. The main road follows the coast fairly closely, taking you through a series of resorts from Penmaenmawr in the west via Llandudno, Colwyn Bay and Rhyme to Prestatyn in the east In the course of you route, you are transferred from deepest Wales to the English borders
|Norman castles on the left are in the western stretch of North Wales Coast and the traditional seaside resorts on the eastern stretch|
The gazetteer below gives fuller information on the resorts and towns on the coast.
Major modern seaside resort with a three mile wide bay. All the usual amenities on the coast, plus a zoo.
There is a good walk for two miles up the Nant-y-Glynn valley to Christ Church at Bryn-y-maen. Climb the church tower to get views for miles over the surrounding countryside.
The town grew, on the coast, around the medieval castle, which is still in good repair today. Conwy Castle was built in the shape of a Welsh harp, its walls are 15 feet thick and a walk round their perimeter takes over half a mile. It was started, as were many Welsh castles, by Edward I in the late 13th century. It was here that Richard II finally surrendered to Henry Bolingbroke in 1399.
Telford's suspension bridge spans the Conwy river, and it was designed to compliment the castle's architecture.
Bodnant Gardens, 3 miles south of Conwy, are one of the most beautiful gardens in Britain, with the River Conwy and Snowdon in the background
Flint is another Welsh market town that grew from its medieval castle. The castle is now in ruins
The biggest of all the Welsh coastal holiday resorts, Llandudno lies between the headlands of Little Orme and Great Orme, with a great crescent of sandy beach in between
To get to admire the view from the top of Great Ormes Head 680 feet high, take the cable car, or the funicular railway , or by road, or if you are really keen a brisk walk up Happy Valley. Little Ormes Head is still 465 feet high, and has views over the coast and Snowdonia from its craggy summit.
The town itself has managed to retain a lot of its original character, and has avoided being spoilt in the way that many of the Victorian resorts on the coast of Britain have been
A quiet market town, away from the bustle of the coast with an interesting High Street, whose buildings include a 15th century church.
Llanferres, 4 miles to the south west, gives good views over the mountains beyond
More than just a popular holiday resort on the North Wales Coast. Prestatyn was at the northern end of Offa's Dyke, the massive earthwork that marked the Welsh English boundary in the 8th century, and named after King Offa of Mercia who ordered its construction. It stretched from Prestatyn to Chepstow on the River Severn in England.
There are 4 miles of sandy beaches on one side, and good walking country on the other. Walks Gwaenysgor, with its Norman church, are particularly fine.
Known mainly as a modern seaside resort, with two enormous funfairs, the resort is packed with the usual amusements that are de rigor for such clientele visiting the coast.
King Edward I is said to have proclaimed his infant son the first Prince of Wales at Rhuddllan Castle, 2 miles south of Rhyl
St Asaph is not on the north Wales coast, but is inland A city - as it has a cathedral- and is one of the smallest cities in Britain. The cathedral dates from 573 AD, but the present building is partly Norman, mainly 15th century. It was extensively restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1870
2 miles away at Cefn Caves are the remains of pre-historic man that are thought to be over 50,000 years old
Land of beaches and sand - North Wales Coast