Adventures around Rhylwith PlusBus

Long sandy beaches, watery nature reserves, a boat-bobbing harbour and plenty of arcades. Grab your bucket and spade and get the train to Rhyl for a day of old-fashioned seaside fun. But that’s not all the area has to offer. With a PlusBus ticket added on to your train fare for a couple of quid, you can catch the bus to neighbouring villages like Dyserth and Rhuddlan for a thirty-metre waterfall and a thirteenth-century castle.

  • County: with PlusBus
  • Great for: beaches | castle | nature reserve | waterfall |
  • Refreshments: lots of great cafes, restaurants and pubs.
  • Please note: researched/updated in March 2024. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch: features@goodjourney.org.uk
  1. 3. Beaches and seaside attractions

    Rhyl’s buses are also handy for reaching the seafront and exploring the wide golden beaches that originally made the town famous as a coastal resort in the nineteenth century. The sea is just five minutes’ walk from Rhyl station so you could stroll down the pedestrianised High Street, turn right just beyond the clocktower and walk along the coast in both directions. When you’ve had enough, catch the bus back to the station. Here are a few of the things you could explore along the way.

    • Comedians, concerts, dance shows, panto… there’s something for everyone at Rhyl’s Pavilion with its 1000-seater theatre right on the sunset-catching seafront. The first Pavilion, on the prom near Rhyl Pier, was built in 1891 and burned down ten years later. The current incarnation opened in 1991, exactly a century after the original theatre and its Victorian origins are commemorated in the new first-floor 1891 bar and restaurant, hosting Northern Soul nights, Christmas parties and more.
    • To get to the Pavilion and 1891 quickly, hop on good old bus 35 outside the railway station and get off, a couple of minutes later, at the stop called Pavilion Theatre.
    • Walking back along the seafront, you will reach the River Clwyd and Marine Lake. Cross the footbridge over the river for refreshments at the Harbour Hub cafe. From here you can stroll out through the dunes along boardwalks to see the marram grass and wildlife of the Horton’s Nose nature reserve. Nearby, Kinmel Bay sandy cove is a great place to watch the afternoon sun dipping behind the Great Orme, which rises over the waves on the horizon.
    • Ready to head home? Walk a couple of minutes along St Asaph’s Avenue, past Asda, and turn left at the end to find Kinmel Bay bus stop. Bus 12 runs every 12 minutes from here during the day to Rhyl railway station (half-hourly after 6pm and on Sundays).
    • Still time before your train? Stroll straight into Bodfor Street, past the clock outside the railway station. Cross into Queen Street and turn first right into Market Street to find the excellent new Artisan cafe and bistro, just minutes from the station and a tasty, relaxing place to wait for you train.
    • Thanks to Visit Wales for help with this feature and photos of Rhuddlan Castle.