Prestatyn

Travel Guide

Sunny Prestatyn is the archetypal North Wales seaside resort. It sprang into national consciousness in the 19th century when the railways brought its fresh, sea air and restorative sea waters into the reach of holidaymakers from the north of England.

Today the resort continues to offer amusements, beaches, ice cream and family fun but it is also working hard to reinvent itself as a stopping off point for walkers exploring the region.

It’s fair to say that Prestatyn is more than just Pontins and caravan parks: anyone taking their eyes away from the promenade and glancing over the resort at the spectacular backdrop of the Clwydian Range will see just how close beautiful, natural attractions lie. There is so much to do in the surrounding area beyond slot machines, fairground tides and the bucket and spade to interest both families, nature lovers, golfers and walkers.

Prestatyn’s ozone-filled seaside air has long attracted tourists. Long before the Costas in Spain had left their calling card, North Wales was the place for sun, sand and sea. In the 1920s the Public Health Committee got all poetic over the resort’s charms: “If you are ill, don’t take a pill; I’ll tell you something better still. For sunshine and air, weather that’s fair and health giving rest – Prestatyn is best.”

There are still good reasons to visit Prestatyn for families: there are holiday parks, amusements, sandy beaches, waterparks, paddling pools, miniature golf courses, fountains and plenty places to eat and family-friendly places to stay – ranging from static caravans and campsites to hotels and guesthouses. It’s accessible by direct train from London, easy to reach from the North of England and close to airports at Liverpool and Manchester. Nearby there is the delightful Llanberis Lake Railway and the exciting Welsh Mountain Zoo> where panoramic views provide the backdrop for snow leopards, chimpanzees, red pandas and Sumatran tigers.

For the grown-ups nearby Chester Races has been the site for horse racing since the 16th century, and you can time your visit for a quick flutter, or you could pack your golf clubs and take advantage of the championship links course at Prestatyn which is set in 150 acres of superb unspoilt land.

History lovers can take in the medieval fortress of Conwy Castle that is easy to get to if all those seaside shenanigans become too much and the Neolithic mound at Gop and the breathtaking views of the ancient site of the Great Orme take you back to well before the invention of slot machines.

Prestatyn was the first Welsh town to be designated a ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town and it certainly sits at the start (or end) point of some very fine Welsh walks indeed.

The All Wales Coast Path has been named by the Lonely Planet guide as one of the world’s best: it runs east to west along the shoreline. Prestatyn is also part of the 176 mile Offa’s Dyke Path, which is one of Britain’s premier National Trails.

Prestatyn promises more than you might imagine. It’s a great family holiday but there’s a lot more to explore for those prepared to tear themselves away from the beach, pleasure boats and buckets.

Prestatyn Sands Holiday Park
Prestatyn Sands Holiday Park
3 out of 5
The price is £39 per night from 13 Feb to 14 Feb
This family-friendly Prestatyn hotel is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Prestatyn Beach and Offa's Dyke National Trail - Northern Terminus. ...
2.4/5 (448 reviews)
"Great fun. Real beautiful location and good facilities. Even entertainment was always engaging. I loved every minute of it."

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2021

Prestatyn Sands Holiday Park
The Beaches Hotel
The Beaches Hotel
3 out of 5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £82 per night from 9 Feb to 10 Feb
Located in Prestatyn, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Prestatyn Beach and Offa's Dyke National Trail - Northern ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (445 reviews)
"Staff were really friendly, breakfast amazing. Loved our sea view room woke up to sound of waves!"

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2021

The Beaches Hotel
The Hilltop Haven
The Hilltop Haven
Bryntirion Farm, Rhuallt, Prestatyn, Wales
The price is £200 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
Situated in Prestatyn, this apartment building is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Offa's Dyke National Trail - Northern Terminus and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Prestatyn Beach. ...
The Hilltop Haven
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The Hilltop Haven
The Hilltop Haven
Bryntirion Farm, Rhuallt, Prestatyn, Wales
The price is £200 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
Situated in Prestatyn, this apartment building is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Offa's Dyke National Trail - Northern Terminus and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Prestatyn Beach. ...
The Hilltop Haven
Fairways
Fairways
3.5 out of 5
Fairways St. Melyd Golf Club The Paddock, Prestatyn, Wales
Situated in Prestatyn, this golf cottage is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Offa's Dyke National Trail - Northern Terminus and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Prestatyn Beach. Dyserth ...
Fairways
Vale View Cottages - The Stables
Vale View Cottages - The Stables
3.5 out of 5
72, Meliden Road, Prestatyn, Wales
Situated near the beach, this cottage is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Offa's Dyke National Trail - Northern Terminus and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Prestatyn Beach. Dyserth ...
Vale View Cottages - The Stables
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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