location Prestatyn, Denbighshire, North Wales Coast

Local Activities in Prestatyn

Near The Beaches Hotel in North Wales


The Beaches Hotel boasts an idyllic location on Barkby beach and with an abundance of activities close by to keep you entertained during your stay here in Prestatyn. Whether you are looking for a relaxing break by the sea or an energetic, action-packed, activity filled break, Prestatyn in North Wales has it all. 

Lovers of the great outdoors have plenty of countryside, cycle routes and walks and hiking routes to discover and enjoy. Prestatyn will not disappoint. 

Golfers are spoilt for choice with an abundance of world-class courses with some magnificent courses within easy reach of us here at The Beaches Hotel. 

If shopping is one of your favourite hobbies, then you have come to the right place. Parc Prestatyn is located in the heart of Prestatyn town centre just 4 minutes’ drive from us and is Prestatyn’s award winning beautiful Victorian High Street, boasting quirky boutique shops, character and Welsh hospitality. Further afield under 45 minutes from Prestatyn is Llandudno, full of your high street favourites and fun and unique shops along the way and Chester City with shops galore. 

With a wide variety of activities and things to do in Prestatyn and the wider North Wales area, you will be spoiled for choice and kept busy during your stay with us at The Beaches Hotel. 

Why Stay With Us in Prestatyn

There is no shortage of activities to enjoy during your stay with here at The Beaches Hotel on Barkby Beach. After a busy fun-filled day return to the comforts of our hotel and enjoy a warm and friendly welcome, a delicious meal in our recently renovated Promenade Bistro Bar and return to the warmth of your guestrooms where a great night’s sleep is guaranteed. If you have time why not make use of our fantastic leisure facilities and enjoy a leisurely dip in our indoor heated swimming pool. For more information on local activities both indoor and outdoor around the Prestatyn area see our list of recommendations below. 

Enjoy a Range of Activities in Prestatyn

The Beaches Hotel is the Ideal Base 

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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Image: Bridlewood Riding School

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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Image: Crazy Golf, Rhyl on Facebook


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 

Images: Blue Bug Photography

Video: 2018 Source: Tim Teece, YouTube 

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

Tickets are only available online for Seal Cove Demonstrations and need to be purchased in advance of your visit. Seaquarium Rhyl is now open daily. Learn More

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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Image: Chester Zoo



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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Offas Dyke Path

The end or the start of the Offa's Dyke path, the 177 mile (285km) national trail mostly straddling the border of Wales and England is found in Prestatyn, only a short walk from the Beaches Hotel. Experienced ramblers can start their 14-day walk at either end though it's popular to start the 'sea to sea' journey at the Servern Estuary at Sedbury. 

The path is named after King Offa. He's credited with commissioning the Dyke, which comprises of a built-up ditch and ramparts to separate his kingdom of Mercia from the rival kingdoms found in modern day Wales. There may well have been Roman efforts that pre-date these earthworks but the name has stuck since the 8th Century.  

The trail has ‘way marks’ but we'd recommend getting a good guidebook. This established trail was opened in 1971 and has become a firm British favourite walking trail especially between April and October.

For those new to walking, and only wishing to take on a day's ramble research the 'Bodfari- Prestatyn' section. This part of the path is where you can enjoy a series of stone stiles to the north of Marian Cwm which are unique to this section of the trail. On this stretch, appreciate marvellous views of Snowdonia and the North Wales coastline.

We always recommend letting someone know your walking trail plans before you set off, taking that map or guide, wearing appropriate footwear and packing waterproofs. 

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Photo Credit: JACK REDGATE from Pexels

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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