Beaches in North Wales
We can think of few better places of escape than North Wales. One of the most rural parts of mainland Britain, the coast is no exception to this rule.
The area is awash with unspoilt beaches, coastal coves and magnificent mountainous scenery to add the icing on the cake to its appeal. We’ve put together a guide of beaches along the hundred-plus mile stretch of coastline. This encompasses towns close to the relatively built-up English border, all the way along to the undiscovered Isle of Anglesey, which is nearer to Ireland than it is to the vast majority of England. Seaside staples tie in with secluded outposts to make the set of beaches in North Wales one of the most special in the whole of the UK.
Looking for the cream of the crop? Check out our list of the best beaches in North Wales.
Beach walks: spoilt for choice
When it comes to walking along the beaches in North Wales, you’re spoilt for choice. Our parks are always a great place to start, least of all to save you having to get into the car and keep that ever-expensive petrol money for the whole holiday experience. When you stay at Hafan y Môr, head west to Pwllheli and stop off for some refreshments in the town.
Criccieth and its beach is another option to the east, and this is also accessible from Greenacres Holiday Park. A simple stroll from here gives you one of the finest beaches in North Wales- Black Rock Sands. If you do fancy jumping in the car, head round the River Dwyryd past Porthmadog and onto the enchanting Harlech Beach. Traverse its entire two-mile stretch, and you won’t be disappointed. When at Presthaven, sample the sea breeze on a stroll in Prestatyn and relax on the town’s beach.
Beach history: full of fortifications
At the western outlier on the British mainland, beaches in North Wales are full of fortifications that hark back hundreds of years to more turbulent times. Criccieth Castle is a classic example of this remnant of the past, standing tall over the beach and adding character. In Prestatyn, you can discover Offa’s Dyke, the ancient border of England and Wales which is marked these days by a path that conveniently converges on the seafront.
Jump in the car and head across the water to the Isle of Anglesey and be rewarded by magnificent lighthouses that have kept ships safe in the past and present. Llanddwyn is our pick of the bunch. Treaddur Bay Beach near Holyhead’s coast has been excavated in recent years, revealing a secret past burial ground beneath the sand. Both of these beaches in North Wales are a short car journey from all three of our holiday parks in the region.
Beach attractions: an abundance of variety
You name it, North Wales has it. There are magnificent days out for all the family along the beaches in North Wales, with the spectacular Snowdonia dominating the horizon. The unmissable spectacle is a constant draw for visitors, so be sure to pay homage to it with the family on a day out here. Head for the peak of Mount Snowdon on the convenient Snowdon Mountain Railway that takes you close to the top and prepare to make memories that last a lifetime.
There’s classic seaside fun on all our parks in North Wales, and a terrific coastal town is never far away for a fix of fish and chips and a go on the amusements. Prestatyn and Rhyl are two premier places that spring to mind, especially if you’re with us at Presthaven. Hafan y Môr is one of our biggest parks, like a theme park all on its own, and Greenacres is just a stone’s throw from the sights and sounds of Porthmadog.