Adventures around Colwyn Baywith PlusBus

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Victorian visitors flocked to the seaside resort of Colwyn Bay for its long, golden sandy beach and stroll-able promenade. Add a PlusBus ticket when you arrive by train and you can visit a mountain zoo, a nature reserve and a seafront bistro run by celebrity chef Bryn Williams. A PlusBus ticket also covers Rhos on Sea, Colwyn Bay's neighbouring town, where you can find Britain's smallest chapel and other interesting buildings.

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  • Great for: beaches | chapels | great food | nature reserve | woods | zoo |
  • Refreshments: lots of fabulous restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • Please note: researched/updated April 2023. If anything’s changed or you have tips to share, do get in touch: features@goodjourney.org.uk
  1. 3. Bistro on the beach

    Heading east along the coast from the station, Parc Eirias has a swimming pool, water slide, tennis courts and more. Nearby, on the long sandy beach, award-winning Porth Eirias is a Michelin-bibbed bistro owned by local star chef, Bryn Williams. He worked for both Marco Pierre White and Michel Roux before opening his own restaurant, Odette’s, in 2008. Porth Eirias, on the beach at Colwyn Bay, followed about seven years later.

    • Try a beach-side full Welsh breakfast with Buck’s fizz or kick off a sea-view lunch with Porth Eirias soda bread and butter before progressing to fancy fish and chips or crab claw linguini with ginger, chili and spring onion.
    • Try locally-produced drinks like the blackberry-ish Rondo wine from Gwinllan vineyard or Aber falls gin with rhubarb and ginger (see the PlusBus adventures around Bangor to take a tour of the distillery itself!) For pudding, there’s baked Alaska or local cheese, chocolate tart with amaretti or lemon parfait with cherry.
    • How do I get to Porth Eirias by bus?  If you’re coming from the chapel or the zoo, the woods or the nature reserve, it’s worth hopping back on bus 12 again, heading towards Rhyl. Get off at Dingle Hill, walk a few steps back and turn right to find The Dingle, which leads to a pretty stream-side path. From the end of the little lane called The Dingle, follow the footpath sign right and follow the tarmac path downhill. Keep on under the railway viaduct to the beach. It’s a lovely few minutes’ walk from the bus stop to Porth Eirias.
    • Alternatively, the bistro is less than ten minutes’ walk along the sand from Colwyn Bay railway station. Simply turn left and left under the tunnel to reach the beach and keep the sea on your left!
    • To walk off all that food, you can either stroll back along the beach to the station or take a turn first around Parc Eirias with its landscaped grassland, play areas and boating lake.