Nestled in the Bay of Colwyn with the foothills of Snowdonia and the beautiful Pwllychrochan Woods as a backdrop, the town of Colwyn Bay is in an ideal location for short break or longer stay holidays. Colwyn Bay is located on the North Wales coast in the county of Conwy. The town is close to the ancient Walled Town of Conwy a World Heritage Site, and is the gateway to the Conwy Valley and the Snowdonia National Park.
Take a pleasant stroll along the promenade to Rhos-on-Sea with its picturesque harbour and delightful shopping centre.
Alternatively, visit the hidden gem of Colwyn Bay, the beautiful Nant-y-Glyn Valley. A ten-minute walk from the town centre will take you to another world of pastoral delights. This secret valley in the heart of the Welsh countryside is but a short walk from the hustle and bustle of the town yet all you will hear are the sounds of sheep, cattle, and the birds in the trees.
Colwyn Bay town itself offers traditional high street shopping combined with indoor mall shopping where there is something for everyone, whatever the size of your pocket!
The town offers a host of familiar household retail names but with a significant number of independent retailers, you will often find something just that bit different in the 'bay', from Budget shops to highly specialised shops.
The Colwyn Bay Farmers' Market, found in the Bay View Shopping Centre car park each Thursday, offers fresh local produce straight from the farm.
Whether it is the butcher, the baker (alas no candlestick maker) you need, it is all in Colwyn Bay. The town still proffers family run independent florists, greengrocers, rare book shops, newsagents, ladies and gents clothiers, baby goods, upholsterers, jewellers, saddler, fancy goods, hardware, furniture, hairdressers, cafes (including internet cafes) … the list goes on.
The busy market in the pedestrianised area of Colwyn Bay, used for the weekly General Market and the French Market on selected dates. Every Tuesday and Saturday there is a General Market Day in the pedestrianised heart of the town and speciality French and Continental Markets on selected dates throughout the year.
Walks, Cycle Trails and Other Activities
There are many walks in the local area. Choose the level ground of the coastal paths or give shanks's pony more of a run out and take the winding country lanes over the rolling hills and far away. Many villages are within easy walking distance, each with their ancient church, including, Llanelian, Llysfaen, Bryn y Maen, Glan Conwy, and many with a pub for refreshment. Climb the lanes to Mynydd Llanelian at 1000 feet and look out over the Conwy Valley to the mountains of Snowdonia. Long distance walkers will appreciate the “All Wales Coastal Path.” The first section of which (from Prestatyn through Colwyn Bay) was opened at Rhos Point in the summer of 2010.
Local attractions include the world famous Welsh Mountain Zoo, Theatr Colwyn Theatre, Eirias Park, and the Harlequin Puppet Theatre in Rhos on Sea. Watch the sailing and jet skis in the safe waters of the Bay of Colwyn, or try your hand at fishing for Sea Bass on hired boat trips from Rhos Harbour, or from the beach and promenade. If you are a keep fit enthusiast there is a fitness suite, squash courts and swimming pool at Eirias Park Leisure Centre, a superb Athletics Arena with all weather running track and the coastal cycle track stretching mile after mile along the scenic coast line.
Throwing the net slightly further afield and all within a 10-mile radius: Bodnant Gardens - world-renowned gardens in the Conwy Valley; North Wales Theatre - located in Llandudno showing first class West End productions and top international stars; Conwy Castle - a magnificent mediaeval castle and Walled Town, one of the finest and most complete walled towns in Europe and a World Heritage Site; Plas Mawr Conwy - the finest Elizabethan Town House in the country; Bodelwyddan Castle and Museum - showing important exhibits from the National Portrait Gallery London.
Welsh Mountain Zoo: The whole family will love the Welsh Mountain Zoo, set in tranquil garden surroundings and home to a fascinating mix of rare and endangered species as well as a collection of British wildlife. The Welsh Mountain Zoo is one of Britain's best holiday experiences - a friendly and caring conservation zoo set in lovely garden surroundings high above sunny Colwyn Bay and enjoying panoramic views over Snowdonia, the Conwy Valley and Estuary and the beautiful North Wales coast. (Its worth the visit just for the fantastic views!) New! Sealions Rock. This fabulous new pool and activity area is the setting for some of the most exciting displays you will ever see. Spend the day in the company of many rare and endangered animals from both Britain and around the world, roam the wooded pathways and relax on the grassy slopes.
Theatr Colwyn Theatre: First class shows, films, stage productions and a range of family seaside entertainment. The venue is 125 years old, the oldest cinema in the UK still operating and the oldest theatre in Wales still operating. It was more than 120 years ago that the venue now known as Theatr Colwyn first opened its doors to the public. Back in the 1880s, it was then called a Public Hall – as the stone plaque at the top of the building still testifies – but its uses were many, just as they are today – a place of entertainment, for discussions, dances and fundraising events. Recent investigations in public archives revealed the venue is now the UK's oldest operating cinema. The first screenings took place in January 1909, when the entrepreneur Harry Reynolds ran the building.
World Heritage Site, and is the Gateway to Snowdonia National Park and the Conwy Valley.
Take a pleasant walk along the 3 mile long promenade to Rhos on Sea with its picturesque harbour and delightful shopping centre. Or visit the hidden gem of Colwyn Bay, Nant-y-Glyn Valley, just five minutes walk from the town centre will take you to another world of pastoral delights.