by Luke Edwards
Day Out Guides
A small market town nestled close to the coast, Abergele is also just a stone’s throw away from the countryside and the mountains of Snowdonia National Park – making it a brilliant base for exploring North Wales. With all the amenities you could need on your doorstep, including great links to the A55, it’s the perfect place for any North Wales holiday.
Abergele offers something for everyone, whether your hobby is walking, watersports, climbing, fishing or playing golf. Or if you’re more into seeing than doing, there are historic buildings, museums and National Trust gardens within reach too! There really is so much to discover around Abergele. We’ve picked a handful of attractions in and around Abergele with something for the whole family!
Wooded hills surround a lot of the town and are a rather undiscovered gem. Climb Cefn-yr-Ogof, Tower hill or Castell Cawr which has an iron age hill fort, and make the most of the spectacular views over the town and towards the sea. A must visit is the beautiful Pensarn Beach, of which part is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). With its 2 miles of soft golden sand it offers a safe haven for all manner of activities. You can fly your kite on a breezy day, take part in watersports in the surf or just stroll along the prom taking in the sea air. This dog friendly beach is also home to amusements and crazy golf providing plenty of entertainment for the whole family.
Abergele Golf Club welcomes visitors and is deemed one of the most beautiful courses in Wales. With coastal views and the backdrop of the impressive Gwrych Castle, this 18 hole parkland course is second to none. There are also Old Colwyn Silver Birch and Conwy golf clubs nearby, meaning you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to tee off in this neck of the woods!
Gwrych Castle, one of North Wales’ most incredible castles, is a 19th Century country house that has had many owners and uses over the years. The upkeep and maintenance of such a large estate meant, unfortunately, overtime it fell into disrepair. Now owned privately, the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust is serving to guide the planned restoration. With renovations already underway and plans for a visitors centre, there is hope to restore it to its former glory!
Sitting close to the coast, Pentre Mawr Park offers something a bit different from the coastal landscape of it neighbours. A walled garden, ponds, meadows and a wooded area mean there are lots to explore at Pentre Mawr. Fun to tour on bike or foot and complete with play parks for the kids, this dog friendly park is a worthwhile trip for the whole family! Tan-y-Mynydd Trout Fishery offers the chance to relax with your rod all year round, dawn til dusk. Except for Christmas Day, for those even contemplating fishing on December 25th! Being this close to the coast also offers an alternative to coarse fishing, so why not try your odds in the biggest pond around – the Irish Sea!
Knightly’s Fun Park, based at Towyn, is just a 10 minute drive from Abergele. Home to traditional funfair rides and arcades the park does exactly what it says on the tin. Looking for a fun place to take the kids, Knightly’s has it covered!
There are miles of coastal path to join right on your doorstep, so it’s easy to get the whole family moving this holiday.
The North Wales Path runs parallel to Pensarn beach along the coast. It runs for 60 miles from Bangor to Prestatyn, meaning miles and miles of coastal North Wales views to enjoy. The Wales Coast Path also passes along Abergele’s seafront, continuing all the way to Chepstow!
Why not swap four wheels for two? Savour that fresh sea air and take in the stunning views along the way!
With the chance to hire bikes from a kiosk on the promenade, you don’t even have the hassle of bringing your own bikes. Buster’s Holiday Cycles offer a home from home biking experience, with all the things you need to get kitted out for a day of family fun! If it sounds like there is too much to see in one day then don’t despair, during the summer holiday there is the chance to secure 5 day hire from only £35.00 when pre-booked by calling 07858 633874.
The National Cycle Network which links Holyhead to Reading, passes along the front at Abergele. From Abergele you can join the North Wales Coast Cycle Route, explore east and west, and see the sights of the North Wales coastline from two wheels!
With many popular places closer than you might expect, you’d be surprised how far afield you can discover when staying around Abergele!
Hopefully we’ve been able to show you that Abergele is somewhat of a hidden gem in the North Wales coastal crown. It may be small but it is a mighty great place to be based when looking for adventure! Offering the best of all worlds with mountains, coast, countryside and towns – with something for everyone, you’ll never be bored when you book a break near Abergele!
Love holidaying with family and friends? We have a fantastic range of holiday cottages in Conwy, Llandudno and surrounding areas.
Derwas is a large holiday cottage great for gathering everyone together. With a perfect mix of old and new this well equipped, characterful cottage can be found in the charming countryside just outside of Abergele. Offering stunning views and the chance to really get away from it all.
Start planning your next get-together right now!
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