location Prestatyn, Denbighshire, North Wales Coast

Family Activities in Prestatyn

Near The Beaches Hotel in North Wales

The Beaches Hotel is the perfect location for your Family Break in North Wales. You certainly will be spoilt for choice with an abundance of things to do for all the family in and around the Prestatyn, and wider North Wales area. 

Spend hours of fun with all the family on the Blue Flag Barkby Beach located directly outside our hotel. Glide through Gronant Dunes, a nature reserve, spend rainy days in our Leisure suite, or head to the nearby Nova Centre for hours of fun in the soft play area. Explore the some of the Ocean’s wonderful creatures at SeaQuarium in Rhyl, enjoy a fun or ‘competitive’ round of family crazy golf, only 5 minutes walk from the hotel, or head to the magnificent Chester Zoo for the day, one of UK’s largest zoos with over 20,000 animals. 

We have compiled a detailed list below of wondrous things to do with the kids during your family break here at The Beaches Hotel with something to entertain the little kids and bigger kids too. 

Why Stay With Us

After a fun day out with all the family return to the warmth and comforts of The Beaches Hotel. Relax in your stylish family room, avail of our fantastic leisure facilities and enjoy a family meal in The Promenade Bistro Bar with delicious cuisine, fantastic service and stunning sea and mountain views 

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Barkby Beach

Located directly outside The Beaches Hotel is the stunning Barkby Beach and Prestatyn Central Beach. This long, sandy beach has rocky breakwaters and a wide promenade and ideal for picnics. Prestatyn Central which connects with Barkby Beach has been awarded the iconic Blue Flag. This is one of the world’s most recognised voluntary awards for beaches and marinas. It is awarded after a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria have been met and importantly, are maintained. 

Barkby Beach is flanked by the sand dunes and grass of Gronant Sand Dunes, a protected nature reserve which has a beautiful decked walkway.

Spend the whole day at Barkby Beach. Go grab some buckets and spades, get building sand castles, paddle in the warm pools when the side is out. An ice cream van is parked to the left of The Beaches Hotel all day during the holiday season serving up that classic 99 whippy ice cream. Outdoor dining is available at The Beaches Hotel in the Promenade Bar which is the perfect place to enjoy lunch, a cold drink or a coffee as you look out on Barkby Beach and the Irish Sea. Start or end your day with a revitalising walk along the Promenade at Barkby Beach at sunrise or sunset.

Prestatyn Sailing Club is also based at Barkby Beach, which is popular for windsurfing and sailing. Ket skiing is possible with a permit. 

To the east, the beach is dog friendly all year round however, there are restrictions in other areas during peak time (May - October).

Barkby Beach
Beach Road East
LL19 7LG

Barkby Beach is located directly outside The Beaches Hotel which connects with Prestatyn Central Beach. Learn more about hotel guest car-parking here. There are public toilets and car parking for the public. 

The map below from BlueFlag Global confirms the status of the beach:  

Image: Dave Jones, Facebook; Blue Bug Photography & Blue Flag Image: Naoise Culhane on behalf of FEE International 



Video: Dobby Drone Productions 2019 sourced from YouTube 

Bridlewood Riding School

Beautifully located in the North Wales countryside, Bridlewood Riding School offers safe riding lessons in a stunning setting. Visitors are warmly welcomed to the school and they offer lessons for both adults and children with safety being their utmost priority.
There are various activities at the school and also a Pony Club which runs every Saturday and Sunday afternoon for the little ones. Booking can be made via the website for all of the activities that are offered.

Located just outside Prestatyn in Gronant, Bridlewood Riding School is just a 10 minute drive from The Beaches Hotel.

Bridlewood Riding School
Maes y Coes Farm
Ty'n y Morfa

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Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden, a National Trust site, is a place of beauty, peace and tranquility and well worth a visit when in North Wales. Home to an extensive national plant collection and champion tree specimens, Bodnant Garden is less than an hour's drive away from the Beaches Hotel. Take in a beautiful sea drive passing, Colwyn Bay and Conwy on route and then appreciate the Carneddau Mountains of Snowdonia which form a backdrop at Bondant Garden. 

Enjoy immaculate lawns, grand terraces, rustic woodland, glorious roses and the not to be missed famous Bodnant Garden Laburnum Arch. Believed to be the longest and oldest of its kind, the 55 metre-long archway of trees creates a golden chain of flowers at the end of May. This spectacular display which was created by the garden's Victorian founder Henry Pochin is the most visited and photographed part of Bodnant Garden.  There's a one-way path that runs clockwise around the garden and dogs are welcome when on short leads at all times. Refreshments are available at Bodnant Garden Pavilion Tearoom. 

Bodnant Gardens is located close to the town of Llandudno and is an approximate 35 minute drive from The Beaches Hotel.

Bodnant Gardens
Bodnant Road
Tal y Cafn
Colwyn Bay
LL28 5RE

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Caernarfon Castle

Recognised as one of the greatest buildings of the Middle Ages, Caernarfon Castle sits majestically on the banks of the River Seiont, a one hour drive from The Beaches Hotel and close to the Isle of Anglesey.

Another of King Edward I castles, Caernarfon Castle was built following a bitter medieval war between two Welsh Princes. The imposing King's Gate and immense curtain walls were designed to withstand major attacks.  It took 47 years to build this impressive structure at a cost of around £25,000 which, 700 years ago, was a staggering amount. Grouped with other castles built during King Edward's reign as part of UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

There are plenty of car parks close to the castle including a long stay car park at the waterfront, adjacent to the castle. There is a gift shop and museum on site and plenty of eateries around Caernarfon. Caernarfon is an approximate 1 and a half hours drive from The Beaches Hotel.


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Castle Ditch
LL55 2AY
Tel: 01826 677617

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Children's Playground

5 mins from The Beaches Hotel is the wonderfully maintained and fun playground at the Nova on Central Beach in Prestatyn. 

Exit the Beaches Hotel through the Promenade Bar and turn left. Continue down the promenade until you reach the Central Beach and you'll see the playground set back on the left ahead of the Nova and before the Beginning and End Sculpture.

Nova Prestatyn
Beach Road West
LL19 7EY

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Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is located less than an hour’s drive or train journey from the Beaches Hotel, Prestatyn. It’s one of the UK’s largest and most popular zoological gardens, with 35,000 animals, 500 different species, 5 national plant collections and 128 acres for you to discover. Perhaps you could drop in to Chester Zoo on the way to and from Prestatyn or plan a great day out while visiting North Wales.

Suitable for all ages, and open all-year round there’s something to see and enjoy in this vast charitable zoo that looks after some of the most endangered species on the planet. As seen on Channel Four’s ‘The Secret Life of the Zoo’, the animals live in carefully and lovingly managed and sympathetically designed habitats.

As well as the incredible wildlife Chester Zoo has award-winning gardens including the beautiful Plant Paradise. During your visit, not to be missed are 1,500 cacti or the insect eating Nepenthes. For Orchid lovers, the National Collection of Orchids is available to view by prior appointment only on 01244-380280 or wander through the Madagascar Grasses where you’ll find a water feature hideaway and a perfect place to capture a selfie.  

Free Car Parking.
Chester Zoo
Opening times can be viewed here.
Advance Online Tickets Only.
Please ask our reception team about booking your tickets to avail of our discount.
(Available to Beaches Hotel residents only)

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Criccieth Castle

Commanding an amazing position with fantastic views over Cardigan Bay. Criccieth Castle was originally built under the powers of Llewelyn the Great & his Grandson, Llewelyn the Last and was overtaken by King Edward I in the Welsh battles.
Criccieth is a beautiful seaside resort on Cardigan Bay, known as the "Pearl of Wales on the shores of Snowdonia". There's so much more to explore in addition to the castle. Learn more about Criccieth.

The castle stayed in English hands till around 1404 when it was eventually burnt down by Owain Glyndwr who made the town it stands in Welsh once more.

Criccieth Castle is approximately an hour and a half drive from the Hotel

Criccieth Castle
Castle Street
LL52 0DP

Tel: 01766 522227

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Crazy Golf, Rhyl

Located just a 15 minutes drive from The Beaches Hotel, this Crazy Golf will keep the kids and adults entertained. Prices starting from £3.00 and packages available including rounds of Crazy Golf, drinks and ice creams!
The Crazy Golf Course is located directly next to an adventure playground so there's hours of fun to be had, all in one place. Not to mention, there is also direct access to the beach and an array of gaming arcades located along Rhyl Promenade.
There are various cafes and kiosks if you fancy a bite to eat to fuel the kiddies and give them more energy!

Crazy Golf
West Parade
LL18 1HH

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Conwy Castle

Often described as King Edward I most "magnificent" Welsh castle, Conwy Castle stands majestically with breathtaking views of the sea and mountains. A UNESCO World Heritage Site,  Conwy Castle is just a 30 minute drive from The Beaches Hotel, Prestatyn. This medieval fortress has restored staircases allowing you to climb right up and enjoy views from the battlements. 

Conwy is such a picturesque town, we highly recommended a day trip to explore the Castle, the town walls that connect it and the winding streets below. There are so many lovely little eateries and unique shops. You can spend the whole day in Conwy.

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Advance Online Booking Essential - You can book your timed entry ticket, 24 hours in advance.
Conwy Castle
Rose Hill Street
LL32 8AY

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Gronant Dunes

The Gronant Sand Dunes, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), stretch from Prestatyn to Talacre Beach and the iconic Point of Ayr lighthouse. This magnificent feature on the North Wales Coast can be accessed within just a couple of minutes walk from The Beaches Hotel, along Barkby Beach. 

Follow the Barkby Beach to the right as you leave the Beaches Hotel from the Promenade Bar and you'll see wooden signposts leading you into the dunes. There is a beautiful decked path that stretches into the dunes and gives a wonderful elevated view of the sea and the beach below. The viewing platforms are perfect for nature lovers and visitors to enjoy the wildlifeA preservation area and nature reserve, the Gronant Dunes support rare plants such as sea holly, marram grass and rare dune fescue and animals which include the brown hare, skylark, mining bee and sandhill rustic moth. Look out for the Natterjack Toad has been reintroduced along with Sand lizards. Between 2003 to 2006 young sand lizards, which are a larger breed, were reintroduced back at Gronant dunes after their disappearance.

Winter is an ideal time to visit Gronant dunes where bird watchers will enjoy spotting wading birds and waterfowl. Walkers and dog walkers will enjoy the stretch, the views and the variety of walking from Barkby to Talacre. 

Gronant Dunes
LL19 9SS

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Cycle Route 5

Discover the amazing traffic-free sea front cycle Route 5. Cycling couldn't be easier when you visit North Wales. 
This picturesque part of the National Cycle Network route connects Prestatyn to Abergele and is maintained by Sustrans. The full NCN 5 Route connects Reading to North Wales and takes in historical towns as well as the beautiful countryside and North Wales coast. 

Route 5 is well signposted and the 9.9 mile stretch takes about 48 minutes, although you might be tempted to stop and take in the view as you go along. This is a family friendly cycling route and if you didn't pack your bikes, you can rent some at the social enterprise, The Bike Hub in Rhyl for either half day or full day. The Cycle Route is easily accessible from The Beaches Hotel.

See Route 5 on OS Map 

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Video: 2018 Source: Tim Teece, YouTube 

Dyserth Waterfall

Dyserth Waterfall

Just a 10 minute drive away from The Beaches Hotel is this stunning beauty spot, Dyserth Waterfall. Walk beside the waterfall and the two stone structures that are believed to have once held a mill wheel. Ramble up the surrounding hillside to enjoy views towards Prestatyn and the Irish Sea.

There is a small car park at this attraction but alternatively you can take the Prestatyn-Dyserth Way, a 3 mile walk that will take over an hour passing woods and trees along the disused quarry railway line. At the bottom of the waterfall you will find the little ice cream and drinks shop - perfect for on a sunny day.

A useful Prestatyn-Dyserth Way Map from Denbighshire Countryside Service.

Dyserth Waterfall
Waterfall Road
LL18 6ET

Open Year Round. FREE Entry. Learn more.

Image copyright Photographer Joe Quinn (2015)


Marine Lake

This man-made lake which is fed by water from the sea dates back to 1895 when it was originally used as fair attraction to attract the many visitors who flocked to Rhyl with it boasting a boating lake and even a log flume. The fairground eventually moved to the famous Ocean Beach however, the lake is still a very prominent feature of Rhyl today.

There are some fascinating facts dotted around which you will find on your walk with information about the lake and the wildlife which lives in and around it.

The miniature railway, which is still in use today and is a wonderful ride for the little ones and grown ups alike, came to being in 1911. This is ran by a charitable organisation who run various activities on the train throughout the year.

Water sports including water skiing and wake boarding also take place for those permitted to do so.

This really is a stunning walk for everyone and is dog friendly. There is also a free park on site for the youngsters to enjoy.

Marine Lake is a 15 minute drive from The Beaches Hotel and there is adequate parking there. It is also right next the new Marina Cei shopping park.

Marine Lake
Wellington Road
LL18 1AQ

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Pavilion Theatre

The Pavilion Theatre, Theatre y Pafiliwn, is located on the waterfront of the seaside town of Rhyl, 10 minutes from The Beaches Hotel. The spacious theatre has over 1,000 seats and is home to a variety of musical, theatrical and comedic productions as well as hosting community dance and theatre shows and popular school productions.  

The theatre has seen many stars over the years on the stage including John Bishop, Little Mix and the Strictly Come Dancing stars! As it is such an intimate venue, watching a show or your favourite artist at the Pavilion Theatre will feel like its being performed just for you.

East Parade,
Rhyl, Denbighshire,
LL18 3AQ
Box Office 01745 33 00 00 
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Images: Kyle Head on Unsplash and Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl

Rhuddlan Castle

Sitting on the banks of the River Clwyd stand the ruins of the impressive Rhuddlan Castle. 
Completed in 1282 it was to become Kind Edward I's chosen domain for many bloodshed battles during his conquest of Wales! Edward I muscle power triumphed for many years - He even diverted the River Clwyd for 2 miles for the castle so that he could have easy access to the sea and a deep channel for his ships!

It was here at Rhuddlan Castle that the 'Statute of Rhuddlan' was proclaimed, a constitutional document that shaped Welsh history and governance for 250 years. 

Only a short drive (approx. 15 minutes) from the Beaches Hotel by car or by bus. We highly recommended visit when you come to Prestatyn to ramble around this impressive structure, climb the spiral staircase, take in the stunning views of Clwydan Hills and enjoy the walks along the river. This castle, like many in North Wales really captures the imagination of children as they run around the grounds. 

Rhuddlan Castle,
Castle Street,
Rhuddlan, LL18 5AD.

Rhuddlan Castle has car park, bike storage, water refill station, gift shop, toilet facilities and is dog friendly. 

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Roman Baths

Tucked away between 42 and 42a Melyd Avenue, in a residential area of Prestatyn are the remains of a Roman Bath House. These modest, yet well preserved remains were discovered in 1934 and are believed to have been part of a ‘small military station’. It was used by 20th legion (XX VV) soldiers that were posted not far away at Deva, Chester around AD120.  It’s thought their presence in the area has to do with lead and silver mining in Fflint.

The evacuation of the Roman Baths in Prestatyn revealed a furnace area, several typical rooms (Caldarium, Tepidarium and Frigidarium) and a plunge pool. Look closely and you’ll see roman pipe work which brought spring water for each of the rooms. Roman Baths in Prestatyn are the first example of a spa in the town. The Caldarium, the hottest room was where the soldiers sweated, exfoliated (or scraped ek!) and then oiled their skins. In the Tepidarium, like a modern day spa, this was the place where the Roman relaxed in the warm air, before heading to a cooler room to chat, lift weights or play board games.

This compact historic site in Prestatyn in North Wales is not signposted, so it’s best to use google maps to help you find it. Information is displayed in English and Welsh.

Prestatyn Roman Baths are a 38 minute walk from The Beaches Hotel or a 10 minute drive.

42 Melyd Avenue
Open Daily | FREE
No designated Parking (Residential Area)

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Roman Helmet Prestatyn

Hillside Sculpture celebrates Roman Heritage in Prestatyn. Situated on Prestatyn Hillside is a stunning artwork in the shape of Roman Helmet, which has been embossed with pictures of Sessile Oak leaves. Prestatyn High School students workshopped this bold design with Cod Steak’s Design company, incorporating what they thought was important about Prestatyn. The Sessile Oak Tree, is common to the area of Prestatyn and is symbolic of strength and resilience. Built in 2009, this sculpture marks is a reward for those walking the final stretch of Offa’s Dyke Trail Path.

Evidence of Roman presence from over 2,000 years ago was excavated in 1984 with the discovery of the Roman Bath House on Melyd Avenue.

From Prestatyn, this is a very steep walk and we recommend extra care when approaching. There is one bench for you to catch your breath and enjoy the view. If you don't wish to take your car, walk straight up the high street to the top then continue forward straight up Ffordlas, past the Cross Foxes and straight to the Roman Helmet. For those with a little energy left, continue up past the helmet and get to the Prestatyn Hillside view point. 

2 Mount Ida Rd
LL19 9EL
North Wales | FREE ENTRY

SC2 Rhyl

SC2 Rhyl, the exciting family indoor and outdoor waterpark in Rhyl has been a firm favourite with kids and parents since it opened in April 2019. Suitable for all ages, there are breath-taking flume rides, beach style padding and slides. During school holidays the waterpark sessions last 2.5 hours. 

The SC2 centre also boasts the one and only 'Ninja TAG Active' arena, the first in Wales and a Junior Tag Arena, the first in the world of its kind. Ninja Tag, is an indoor based game designed to test agility, speed, strategy and awareness as players seek out the large illuminated computer controlled ‘TAG’s with the aim of collecting as many as they can with their wristband sensor. Children aged 5 – 7  have fun in one obstacle arena while those over 8 play in another. Tickets include two 20 minute games with a 5 minute break included between the games. There is a minimum height restriction of 1.2meters. 

Only 13 minute drive from The Beaches Hotel, the SC2 Centre has an array of activities for you and your family when visiting North Wales. There are also 5 on-site food and drink outlets where you can refuel and recharge. SC2 recommend parking at the long stay car park in Rhyl. Booking is available Online only and we recommend guests to book in advance to avoid disappointment. SC2 also offer a Joint Adventure Package price is you book both the Waterpark and the Ninja TAG. 

West Parade
LL18 1BF

Open 7 Days during Summer Holidays & Weekends during Term Time & Winter. 
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Talacre Beach

Boasting miles of golden sands, Talacre Beach sits just across from the River Dee with views stretching over to the Wirral. The most prominent feature at Talacre is most definitely the Point of Ayr Lighthouse. Dating back to 1776, the lighthouse was decommissioned in 1884 but remains an impressive presence which towers 18 meters above the sand.

Talacre is also home to numerous species of wildlife and also the rare Natterjack Toads within the Gronant Dunes

There are numerous shops and eateries around the beach and just a 10 minute drive from The Beaches Hotel. You could spend the whole day there with the family, grab that bucket and spade and get digging! You could get some fish and chips from one of the chip shops or why not take your own picnic.

There is ample parking available (chargeable - rates vary) and there are some stunning walks in and around Talacre - perfect for dog walking. For keen walkers, Talacre village and beach can also be accessed via Gronant Dunes and takes roughly one hour.  

Talacre Beach Car Park
Station Road

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SeaQuarium Rhyl

Explore the Ocean's Creatures at SeaQuarium Rhyl. This visitor attraction is only a 11 minute drive from the Beaches Hotel, Prestatyn. Families and couples love their open seafront location which rests on the beautiful North Wales coastline. The 9 zones of the aquarium, including Ocean Tunnel features species from around the world and those closer to home from our local habitats around the coast.

Moon jellyfish will capture the imagination while seasonal displays and interactive exhibits will bring this celebration of sea creatures to life.  Visitors will also enjoy their amazing outdoor Sea Lion Cove where you can meet delightful harbour seals. This state of the art exhibit gives you a fantastic underwater view of the seals in their 33,000 gallon pool. 

SeaQuarium Rhyl,
East Parade
LL18 3AF
01745 344660 - rhyl@seaquarium.co.uk

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Snowdon Mountain Railway

No visit to Wales is complete without a trip to Hafod Eryi – Snowdon. What better way to take in the ancient Snowdonian mountains and landscape than a trip to the Clogwyn Station on the Snowdon Mountain Railway and a visit to the Summit Visit Centre?

The Snowdown Mountain Railway offers two train services, the diesel train and the Heritage Steam Experience (Advance booking for 2022 open now). The 45 minute diesel service has been modified for safety during covid19 pandemic.

The journey takes in the Afon Hwch River, viaducts, waterfall, gorges, abandoned cottages, the ruined farm of Helfa, remnants of medieval settlements and black Volcanic rock. You’ll climb to 1,085 metres above sea level in the comfort of your carriage.

During busy periods such as school holidays and spells of fine weather this popular train service can sell out weeks in advance, so it’s always better to pre-book before travelling to Llanberis Station to avoid disappointment.

Booking hotline - 0844 4938120
Open from 08:30am daily throughout the season.
Note; closed for the season: Reopens 1st April 2022 

Snowdon Mountain Railway
LL55 4TT
01286 870 223

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The Bike Hub

The Bike Hub in Rhyl has everything for your biking needs and more. From bike hire to bike repairs this really is a bicycle haven. There is a cafe on site which serves hot and cold snacks and drinks and is open 7 days.
Situated on Rhyl's beautiful harbour and right next to Pont Y Draig (Dragon Bridge), the iconic Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge, the Bike Hub is just a 15 minute drive from The Beaches Hotel or, if you prefer to cycle along the Coastal Cycle Path, it will take around 35 minutes. 

For bike rental, you can hire bikes for a full or half day but all bikes must be returned by 4pm. 

The Bike Hub
Unit 1, The Quayside Buildings
Horton's Nose Lane
Foryd Harbour
LL18 5AX

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Alice Liddell - The Real Alice in Wonderland

Back in 1861, in a holiday home named "Penmorfa" on the West Shore of Llandudno, The Liddell family visited the seaside resort regularly and, as rumour has it, they were close friends with an Author named Charles Dogson, who we may know better as Lewis Carroll, the Creator of Alice in Wonderland.

It has been widely speculated that the famous book was inspired by the real Alice (Liddell) and her adventures around Llandudno. Although the evidence is a little sketchy, former Prime Minister David George unveiled the iconic White Rabbit Statue in 1933 and the connection was firmly sealed from that moment on.

There is now a series of Wonderland Town Trails with numerous statues along the way.

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The Batch, Rhyl

If you enjoy scrumptious desserts then The Batch is definitely the place for you. Located a 15 minute drive from The Beaches Hotel, Batch is situated on Marina Cei which has a variety of shops including The Range and Aldi. It is also a short walk from Marine Lake so grab an ice cream and go for a lovely walk round the scenic lake.

Takeaway food and drink is available and there is ample seating inside and outside seating. Check out some of the images to see just what treats there are available.

The Batch
Marina Quay
Wellington Road
LL18 1NS

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