Prestatyn has been one of the most famous seaside resorts in North Wales since the trains first arrived in 1848. Holiday-makers poured in from the smoke-filled cities of Victorian Britain to take the fresh Welsh air and follow the craze for sea bathing. They’re still doing much the same today. After all, a magnificent promenade with three separate beaches and four miles of golden sand never goes out of fashion. But there’s a lot more to Prestatyn than seagulls and sandcastles. The town is tucked between the sea and the wild flowers and ancient woodland of Prestatyn Hillside. And it ends with a view that’s breathtaking in more ways than one.
Prestatyn has many layers. It’s not just a coastal resort – it’s also a busy shopping centre with a brand-new retail park and a quirky independent High Street. It’s a gateway to the great outdoors, lying at the northern tip of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s a heritage town with the remains of a Roman bath house that’s nearly 2,000 years old. And more than ever it’s a destination for walkers. Prestatyn is at the start of Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail, which traces the eighth-century handiwork of King Offa of Mercia for the entire length of Wales. This town trail follows it right up the High Street. Stop at the Hillside Shelter or carry on all the way to Chepstow, it’s up to you.
The video below shows you a bit about the town of Prestatyn and gives you taste of what to expect from the beautigul town.
Courtesy of At Prestatyn team and David Francis Pictures
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