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PrestatynUnited Kingdom

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.

Top hotels in Prestatyn

Beaches Chalets
Beaches Chalets
3 out of 5

Situated on the beach, this chalet is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Prestatyn Beach and within 3 miles (5 km) of Rhyl Golf Club and Rhyl East Beach. Rhyl Beach is 3.1 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (9 reviews)
Very good, don't let the chalet exterior put off

"Enjoyable stay. Fridge and small kitchen were ideal. Good cleanliness and very friendly staff at the hotel when needed. A good base for exploring North Wales."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020

Beaches Chalets
The Beaches Hotel
The Beaches Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is £77 per night from 9 Nov to 10 Nov

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (410 reviews)

"Bed was very comfortable. Room was adequate view was amazing"…"

Reviewed on 2 Sep 2020

The Beaches Hotel
Prestatyn Sands Holiday Park
Prestatyn Sands Holiday Park
3 out of 5

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. ...

2.5/5 (311 reviews)

"Check in was easy- we were given brand new bedding sets to help us settle in. Apartment was basic, and the front window of the apartment was broken. Engineers came and identified the problem but couldn’t fix it - otherwise the night was ok. For a one night stopover it is ok"…"

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2020

Prestatyn Sands Holiday Park
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Prestatyn

Beaches Chalets
Beaches Chalets
3 out of 5

Situated on the beach, this chalet is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Prestatyn Beach and within 3 miles (5 km) of Rhyl Golf Club and Rhyl East Beach. Rhyl Beach is 3.1 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (9 reviews)
Very good, don't let the chalet exterior put off

"Enjoyable stay. Fridge and small kitchen were ideal. Good cleanliness and very friendly staff at the hotel when needed. A good base for exploring North Wales."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020

Beaches Chalets
Vale View Cottages - The Stables
Vale View Cottages - The Stables
3.5 out of 5

Situated near the beach, this cottage is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Offa's Dyke National Trail - Northern Terminus and within 3 miles (5 km) of Prestatyn Beach and ...

Vale View Cottages - The Stables
Vale View Cottages - The Coach House
Vale View Cottages - The Coach House
3.5 out of 5

Situated near the beach, this cottage is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Offa's Dyke National Trail - Northern Terminus and within 3 miles (5 km) of Prestatyn Beach and ...

Vale View Cottages - The Coach House
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.

Popular places to visit in Prestatyn

Prestatyn Beach
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Prestatyn Beach

4/5(61 reviews)

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Prestatyn Beach during your travels in Prestatyn? While in this relaxing area, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Albert Dock
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Albert Dock

4.5/5(1,007 reviews)

Liverpool’s fashionable waterfront precinct is home to some of the city’s best restaurants and bars, and many of the city’s best museums.

Liverpool ONE
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Liverpool ONE

4.5/5(905 reviews)

Shop, dine, play a round of golf or catch the latest movies in this enormous outdoor shopping and entertainment complex, right in the heart of Liverpool.

Sefton Park
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Sefton Park

4/5(42 reviews)

Jog around the lake, picnic on a hilltop or watch local sporting teams tough it out at the largest park in Liverpool.

M&S Bank Arena
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M&S Bank Arena

4.5/5(179 reviews)

Catch an event at M&S Bank Arena during your trip to Liverpool.Wander the area's marina or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Beatles Story
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Beatles Story

4.5/5(430 reviews)

Explore this dedicated museum to John, Paul, George and Ringo and learn the story of the Beatles.

Reviews of Prestatyn

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

31 Oct 2019

Small town with some shops and easy to travel to other parts of Wales. If you like a morning (or anytime for that matter!) run, there is a fantastic prom that goes right along the coast to Rhyl and possibly beyond - that was as far as I went :-)

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

15 Aug 2019

you would be better off at robin hood or presthaven sands or ty mawr, this is a violent drug fueled place which needs a complete change of staff its just not acceptable

2/5 - Disappointing

Bob

10 Aug 2019

Knock down and have a re think

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

13 Jul 2019

Prestatyn is a quiet holiday resort, but has lovely beaches. Shopping is reasonably good, and its easy access to the rest of North Wales

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

13 Jul 2019

No.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

2 Jun 2019

Prestatyn itself is a fine welsh town and well worth a visit , just avoid pontins very basic and not at all enjoyable , sorry pontins its a no from me!!!!!

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