Porth Eirias BeachConwy Valley, Snowdonia

Porth Eirias, Snowdonia, North Wales

Porth Eirias beach, in Colwyn Bay, is a classic Victorian seaside resort. The name comes from the sparkling, new multi-million pound “Park by the Sea” waterside development that sits just above the sand.

This famous beach, with its generous stretch of golden sand, wide promenade, and seawall are part of the beach culture of North Wales and has been for generations. With an abundance of facilities including the new watersports centre, restaurants and shops, the beach is a great destination for families.


A day on the beach at Porth Eirias has just about everything you could wish for. After a huge regeneration scheme, the new complex and beach management is fantastic. The beach is clean, the facilities are modern, including a great shower block and toilets. There are watersports “on tap” in the complex and with great restaurants and cafes within a minute’s walk. It provides a truly enjoyable day out and is great for families.

Such is the popularity of the new complex and the beach, those wanting to book a watersports lesson should book in advance. Give Colwyn Bay Watersports a call to discuss options on 01492 437177.


At a glance
  • The beach and complex at Porth Eirias is great for families.

  • www.ysgolarytraeth.co.uk offers a great programme of events on the beach. Children can learn about wildlife, sand sculpting and survival skills with qualified teachers. It’s a great, unique addition to a day on the beach and worth looking into if you are visiting Porth Eirias for the day.

  • The beach has great facilities and is easy to access.

  • There are some good rocks for rockpooling on the sand beneath the complex so go armed with a bucket.

  • The watersports centre is located in the building and offers tuition for all ages in paddleboarding, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and powerboating.

  • The “Summer Beach Club” that runs during the school holidays is great fun for 8 - 14year-olds giving them taster sessions in all watersports, water confidence and beach adventures.

Beach info

Beach type

Sand and shingle.



The Porth Eirias complex has great, modern facilities including hot showers and toilets with disabled access, a playground for children and watersports tuition.


Parking at Porth Eirias Car Park is currently free, however, there are plans to place pay and display machines around the area in 2017 so look out for them.



The whole of Porth Eirias has been developed with access for the less mobile in mind. The complex itself has full disabled access throughout. The promenade is great for wheelchair users, pushchairs and mobility scooters and there is disabled parking available.


Dog Restrictions

Dogs are not allowed on the beach including seashore, foreshore and any slope or staircase leading to the beach from 1st May to the 30th September between the Victoria Pier and the entrance to Eirias Park.

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Kit can be hired from the complex.


Tuition is also available.


Kit hire is available


Yes - kit hire is available


Fishing is best from September to February, however, you can catch throughout the year. Look out for Bass, Plaice, Mackerel, Whiting, dogfish, small Conger Eel, Codling and Rockling. All can be caught off the beach at high tide.



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We accept no responsibility for loss or damage to personal effects, personal accident, injury or public liability in relation to a suggested beach on this site (although we do not exclude or limit in any way our liability to you where it would be unlawful to do so). Furthermore, while we try to ensure that all suggested beaches are open to the public, this is liable to change and you should ensure that this is the case before you visit. Please respect private property (including livestock), as we accept no responsibility for trespassing or damage to private property, to either you or any third party. Please take extra care around steep drops on cliff paths. Water quality may vary and be aware that some beaches may not allow dogs.

Always follow advice from relevant authorities, including HM Coastguard and any lifeguards present on the beach. Swimming flags must always be adhered to. Currents can be strong enough to drag even a strong swimmer, and rocks and unexpected shallow or deep water may not always be obvious. Swimming should only be done in calm conditions when supervised from land, ideally by a lifeguard on a flagged beach. Avoid swimming around boats, jet skis or surfers. Check the weather forecast and tide timetables in advance of a visit to a beach. Always pack water and appropriate clothing. Be aware of the risk of sunburn and wear a high-factor sun-cream. Children and pets should be supervised at all times, and dogs should be kept on a lead.

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