Prestatyn Things to Do
My number one thing to see is the view from Gwaenysgor Hill. You'll need a car to do this unless you can cope with a long walk up a very steep road, but it's well worth it. From the look-out, you can see all of Prestatyn and most of the other towns and villages as far as Llandudno in one direction and Mostyn in the other. You can see all the...more
Prestatyn Beach.Whether you are dipping your toes after a long walk of the Offa's Dyke Footpath; building sand castles, wondering the sand dunes for flowers, or splashing in the waves at sunset - you really should see Prestayn Beach.Wind FarmsOff shore you'll see wind generators and distant gas drilling rigs, maybe some passing ships on the...more
Beach Road East, Prestatyn, LL19 7LG, United Kingdom
Good for: Solo
I have been a regular in the Halcyon Quest's pub for many years, but have never stayed in their...more
4 Aspen Close, Prestatyn, S21 1TA, United Kingdom
Good for: Couples
I know another tip has praised Harun's already. The food is alright but the portion size is unfair. My friend and I ordered exactly the same kebab and paid the same price, but they gave him twice what I had! If they know you you get preferential treatment, but this is unfair to other paying customers. I have not been back there since.more
Rozi's started as a restuaurant in Prestatyn and now has three or four takeaway branches across Denbighshire - a testament to how popular it is. The curries are delicious, and the menu caters for all tastes. If, like me, you hate spicy curry, it has a vast arrange of tasty mild curry such as the Korma, Pasanda, Butter Chicken and Dansak. The staff...more
I've been going to this restaurant for as long as I've lived in Prestatyn. It's not fine dining, but it rarely disappoints. It's suitable for everything from family events to dates to post-pub grub. They have an extensive menu catering for all tastes (even an English selection) and the big portions are almost always very tasty. The decor is a bit...more
I'll just give a quick run down of some of the pubs in Prestatyn. There are no nightclubs (except for the residents' only ones in Pontins), theatres or cinemas, but you can find these in Rhyl, five minutes' drive west along the coast.
Cross Foxes - the longest serving and enduringly popular spot at the top of the high street. Has its ups and downs and clientele ranges from chavs to suits. Big screen for sports, DJ at weekends and stuff like quiz nights, karaoke etc sometimes on weeknights. Not exceptional, not bad. Just reliable. Standard range of drinks.
Halcyon Quest - a couple of minutes stroll from the Foxes, this is the most traditional pub in town. Still better known by its previous name 'Macauleys'. No TV or live entertainment, but a decent atmosphere and better range of beers than the Foxes. Nice beer garden open in the summer. B&B available.
Archies - the trendiest spot in town, near the top of the high street. An older crowd than the Foxes; the types who drink wine and Belgian beers rather than Breezers and Stella (but of course they are available too). Not a bad place, but the live music at weekends isn't very good and attracts a door fee.
Offa's Tavern - right next to the train station. A quiet place which presumably makes a living from its location and from selling decent pub grub. Too far away from the top of town bars to be included in a pub crawl and not enough to attract you away from them. Nothing wrong with it, just doesn't stand out.
Dress Code: Cross Foxes and Archies have a 'shoes only' policy at weekends.
Road - Unless you're travelling from somewhere else nearby (in which case, chances are you know your way around!), then take the A55 expressway from heading west or east (depending on your starting point). The A55 covers almost all of the North Wales coast. Prestatyn is clearly signposted from there. Just take the Prestatyn exit and follow the signs.
Rail - there's just one line in and out of Prestatyn, but it's a convenient one. In one direction, you can get to and from the other end of North Wales, direct to Holyhead via Rhyl, Llandudno and Bangor. In the other direction, trains go directly to and from Chester, Manchester, Birmingham and even London (once or twice a day). All other major UK destinations can be reached by taking a direct train from Prestatyn to Crewe and changing there.
Sea - you can go to and from Ireland by boat from Holyhead, which is an easy drive or train ride from Prestatyn.
Air - an hour's drive will get you to Liverpool and Manchester airports for both domestic and international flights.
Bus - not really worth bothering with unless you can;t drive and you want to go somewhere that doesn't have a train station. They're not much cheaper than trains and take ages to get anywhere. For example, a bus to Chester takes two hours, the train just 30 minutes.
Coach - National Express coaches pick up at the main bus station and go to most major UK cities either directly or with a connection.
Taxi - unless you're too drunk to drive or you've missed the last bus or train, forget it. There's a monopoly going on there - one company bought out all the others and therefore are your only option if you want a cab. As a result, they're overpriced, often overbooked and impossible to flag down. And if you want a taxi in the early hours of the morning, be sure to book in advance - despite their proclamations of a 24-hour service, between about 2 and 6am, they usually don't even answer the phone.
Prestatyn Warnings and Dangers
The 'danger area' of Prestatyn is a 200-meter radius of the town's railway station. Late at night it is a hang-out for the town's youths, and people have been attacked and badly injured at the railway station. It is not well-lit or manned at night, and can be quite an intimidating place to disembark.
The view from Gwaenysgor Hill, as explained in a previous tip, is - and has been - the premier thing I've shown visitors. Ignore the title of this tip, this is just the best place to put my thoughts.Prestatyn is a decent town. Not great, but a lot better than most British towns of a similar size. It warrants a visit, if not a long stay as a...more
Sitting on the hillside overlooking Prestatyn, the sea and the Vale of Clwyd - one is like a angel sat upon a cloud, surveying the beauty of Wales.See this BBC website for a panoramic view - the best bit is at the end when it points east towards Prestatyn - really beautiful.http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/northeast/panoramics/pages/prestatyn.shtmlThe...more
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