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As most small market towns in Wales, Abergele has a strong sense of community and ties to both rural and industrial pastimes however, it's the pull of the beach that keeps visitors coming back for more. Nearby Pensarn provides the sought-after seaside scenes a stone’s throw from Abergele's attractive inland setting.
Abergele has a good choice of shops with Market Street and Bridge Street holding the lion's share of available retail therapy. Caravan and camping outlets, seaside souvenirs and hardware stores, tend to be the order of the day and when you're in need of sustenance you'll find several sandwich shops and cafes offering more than enough to ease you through from afternoon to evening.
Fish and chips, local lamb and Welsh specialities can all be found within Abergele and Pensarn and if you're in the mood for unpretentious fare and cosy cafes then you won't go far wrong.
In addition to regional dishes, Abergele also has a good choice of international offerings with both Indian and Chinese restaurants providing an alternative to freshly caught seafood and beef or lamb grills.
Abergele and the surrounding inland area is well known for its iron age hill forts of which Castell Cawr is probably the most popular. From here you can get some superb views of Snowdonia as well as visit several caves inhabited by lesser horseshoe bats.
Another of Abergele's well known landmarks is the Grade I listed Gwrych Castle that was built in the early 19th century and has since been preserved, renovated and converted into a hotel which now provides around 75 luxury guest rooms offering great views of the surrounding hillsides.
There are numerous walks to keep visitors happy and healthy in Abergele and, although the sandy beach at Pensarn is the main draw when the weather's warm, there are plenty of hillsides and woodlands that provide an equally attractive alternative.
Thanks to the local railway station and sightseeing tour buses, visitors can really make the most of the coastline with the likes of Colwyn Bay, Prestatyn and Llandudno all easily accessible if you fancy a day out.
The town of Abergele is surrounded by wooded hillsides with the highest, Moelfre Isaf, presenting a fabulous view of the area from just over 1000 feet. From here Snowdonia and even the Isle of Man are visible on a clear day.
Further down the hillside and the nature reserve at Pensarn Beach provides an accessible glimpse at the bird life known to inhabit the shingle and sand shoreline, as well as offering some great views out to sea where it's rumoured a ghost ship has been spotted on more than one occasion.
Combine the market town of Abergele with the seaside promenade of Pensarn and you have the complete package when it comes to lesser known locations that deserve to be experienced on the north coast of Wales.
Situated in Abergele, this bed & breakfast is within 12 mi (20 km) of Bodelwyddan Castle, Colwyn Bay Beach, and The Palace Fun Centre. Rhyl Tourist Information Centre and Children's Village are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated in Abergele, this country house is 5.4 mi (8.6 km) from Colwyn Bay Beach and within 12 mi (20 km) of Bodelwyddan Castle and Bodafon Farm Park. Conwy Castle and Bodysgallen Hall are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated in Abergele, this luxury inn is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Bodelwyddan Castle and within 6 mi (10 km) of The Palace Fun Centre and Rhyl Tourist Information Centre. Children's Village and Rhyl Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Ewloe, this spa hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Deva Stadium, Chester Cathedral, and University of Chester. Chester City Walls and Chester Town Hall are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Cwm Cadnant guesthouse is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Menai Bridge and 3 mi (4.7 km) from Beaumaris Castle. Bangor University and Penrhyn Castle are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in Llandudno, this beachfront hotel is in a shopping district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Llandudno Swimming Centre, Bodafon Farm Park, and Llandudno Tourist Information Centre. Llandudno Museum and Home Front Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Llandudno hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Llandudno Pier, Llandudno Museum, and Great Orme Tramway. Home Front Museum and Llandudno Tourist Information Centre are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Thornton Hough, this spa hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Heswall Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lady Lever Art Gallery and Monkey Bizness. Vue Cinema and Wirral Country Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).