Colwyn Bay (Welsh: Bae Colwyn) is a coastal town in north Wales. As with much of the north Wales coast, the town has suffered with the decline in the tourist industry since in the mid-20th century. While it does not have the charm of nearby Llandudno, it hasn't declined as much as nearby Rhyl .
While "not as bad as Rhyl" may seem like a spurious fame to claim, Colwyn Bay still has many interesting locations.
A new water-sports centre is being built near the pier and is likely to attract more week-end holiday makers and 'day trippers' from Liverpool and Manchester which are both about an hour away by car. There is already a dedicated jet-ski area.
The greater Colwyn Bay area includes Old Colwyn to the east and Rhos-On-Sea at the north west end of the 3-mile (5-km) wide bay. If you are driving past is well worth taking the detour to the coast road as there is free parking next to the sea. The pier is the biggest eyesore as it's in a sad state and is closed. This is largely due to eccentric private ownership.
The beach however is sandy and relatively big when the tide is out. A nice aspect of the bay is the train line which runs along half of it and has prevented building behind the promenade, this gives a windswept feel.
Several wind farms are visible from the shore. These are not pretty to some but are hypnotic and others see them as essential to a modern landscape. (Rhyl flats, Gwent-y Mor and North Hoyle.)
- Car - Colwyn Bay is right on the main east-west road passing through north Wales, the A55.
- Rail - Colwyn Bay station is also on the main north Wales route that services Holyhead, with its links to Ireland. The station is at the bottom of the main shopping street - Station Road.
- Bus - The bus service up and down the North Wales coast is good. You can get direct buses to Rhyl, Llandudno, Conwy, etc. The current operator is arriva. Day Rover tickets are good value.
The Welsh Mountain ZooThe best attraction in Colwyn Bay, while not a large zoo, the interesting location on a hillside (not quite the 'Mountain' advertised) allows for more interesting habitats for animals. A free bus usually runs from Colwyn Bay train station. However, check the zoo's website to find out when it's running.
Eirias ParkA large, grassy park about 20 minutes walk from the town centre. As well as the park with its boating lake, there is a fairly well equipped leisure centre with indoor pool, squash and tennis courts, and a good athletics track. There is also a new skate-park on the grounds
Victoria PierOn the promenade is the town's "Victoria Pier" which is in a sad state and in dire need of renovation.
Theatre ColwynTake in a play or a musical. While small, it sometimes gets interesting productions and shows films at the end of their cinematic runs.
The Promenade and BeachAbout 3 miles long. While the beach is relatively sandy, it's not that picturesque. There is an excellent cycle track the entire length and is fun to walk when its cold and windy. Can also be used for water-sports and fishing.
- Walking - Colwyn Bay offers some good opportunities for walking - Bryn Euryn in particular offers great views over the local area and the ruins of Llys Euryn, a historical late medieval house are worth exploring. Pwllycrochan Woods in Upper Colwyn Bay is also well worth visiting.
- Station Road has a WH Smith, Boot's and independent stores. There's also a bi-weekly market on Thursdays and Saturdays, it's not that great but there's some local and freshly grown goods among the tat.
- The Bay View Shopping Centre has a Morrison's and an Iceland, but not much else of note.
- There are a few independent book and antique and second hand furniture.
Roger Jonesan interesting auction house
The Coffee Corneraddress: 38 Abergele Rd.a traditional coffee shop.
phone: +44 1492 532726address: West PromenadeSmall food pub on promenade that doesn't look like much from outside but the food is very good standard and has won local awards. Its worth a try though you may have to book to get the best tables.
phone: +44 1492 535286address: 24–26 Prince’s DriveBuilt in a former cinema, it has nice atmosphere and cheap, mostly edible food.
phone: +44 1492 534239address: 19 Penrhyn RdFairly good Italian food.
phone: +44 1492 533 360address: Pen-y-Bryn Road Upper Colwyn BayGreat, mostly traditional British food, for relatively good prices.
address: Llanelianjust outside of Colwyn Bay in Llanelian. Traditional good pub food. Not quite as good as it's reputation, but well worth a try.
Many locals steer clear of the centre at night, a more salubrious night out can be found in Old Colwyn or Rhos-On Sea.
Colwyn Bay can get rough on occasions
Wetherspoonsusually is kept fairly trouble free.
The Pen-Y-BrynIn upper Colwyn Bay, it is usually a bit queiter if you prefer that kind of atmosphere. It was refitted in 2001 and has oak floors, open fires, bookcases and old furniture.
The Picture HouseThis Wetherspoon pub is the former Princess Cinema. Built in c1914 as the Princess Picture House.
There are still some guest houses above the promenade towards Rhos-on-Sea and a smattering of hotels dotted around
address: 14 Woodland Road EastAn attractive period hotel, beautifully redecorated and centrally located in a quiet and pleasant tree lined street just off the main road in Colwyn Bay. It is within 5 minutes walk of the beach.
phone: +44 8719 846463address: 7 Victoria Ave
phone: +44 1492 530331address: 102 Conway RdB&B
phone: +44 1492 545479address: 18 College Ave, Rhos on Sea