The castle was built in 1277 by Edward I and is constructed of limestone, the castle was planned as a concentric castle and has a unique 'diamond' in layout as the twin-tower gatehouses and two round towers are situated at the corners of the square baileys. The outer ring is surrounded by a curtain wall that has small towers and turrets. The castle...more
Rhuddlan is another of and is well worth a visit. It is not on the scale of Caernarfon, Conwy of Beamaris but was equaly important.Building started in 1277 making it the second of King Edward I's great castles in North. When trhe Castle was being built a channal was dug along the flow of the river making it straighter and deeper so that ships could...more
Rhuddlan Castle is the oldest continuously-occupied urban site in Wales. English Invaders won a famous victory over the Welsh in the vicinity in 796; in 921 they established a fortified borough here but the Welsh had re-occupied it by 1050. When the Normans came into North wales their leader established a motte and bailey Castle in 1073 together...more
That old favourite which is part of your staple dietif you grew up in a seaside town or many of the big cities in the '70's and 80's!Fish and Chips“What could possibly be more romantic than fish and chips? Going to a movie, where you cuddle close to each other and then buying your paper-wrapped piece of cod or haddock, and sitting side by side on a...more
Amusement arcades line East Parade in Rhyl add a splash of clour at dusk. To the right is the Skytower, and in the distance can be seen the Snowdonia mountain range. I used to spend hours upon hours in these arcades starting at the palace and working my way down. Fortunately, I was good at playing games and could make 10p on space invaders last for...more
The lights and atmosphere of the massive Ocean Beach Fun Fair at Rhyl. Great memories of visiting here after a day on the seafront visiting the arcade(fan of the arcades) and chillin on the atmosphere of the fair. Even though, I didn't ride much I always remember it being a little expensive as we never staying for more than a few hours..IMPORTANT...more
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Achievements * League of Wales: o Winners (1): 2003-04 o Runners-up (1): 2004-05 * Cymru Alliance: o Winners (1): 1993-94 * Welsh Cup: o Winners (4): 1951-52, 1952-53, 2003-04, 2006-06 o Runners-up (4): 1926-27, 1929-30, 1936-37, 1992-93 * FAW Premier Cup: o Runners-up (1): 2003-04Records * Biggest League of Wales win: 15-2 v Ebbw Vale AFC in 1997....more
Ground Capacity:4,000 with Seating for approx 1700Record League Gate(Welsh Premier): 2741 v TNS 11/4/04Prices:First Team Games:Adults: £6Senior Citizens: £4Under 15's: £2Programme: £1.50Reserve Team Games:Adults: £3Senior Citizens: £1Under 16's: £1Food & Drink:There is no social club at Belle Vue, but food and soft drinks can be bought from either...more
MORE CLUB HISTORYIn a post-War purple patch. Rhyl won the league title twice - in 1947-48 and 1950-51 - and the Welsh Cup twice in succession. In 1952 they beat Merthyr Tydfil 4-3 and became the first non-league side in the modern era to retain the trophy, by defeating Chester by 2-1 the following season. Rhyl had been losing finalists to Cardiff...more
Rhyl is a place generally to avoid. It is worth seeing to be believed - and to experience part of British life not usually seen by visitors.
The beach is long and sandy - but few go there any more.
The town has declined further than most of Britain's victorian seaside resorts. Any slight pretence of style and quality left years ago and the town is suffering a disproportionate number of social problems.
So many former hotels and guest houses are now home to the 'unemployable' with behavioural and or drug problems. The area is poor, dirty, and an eye soar. Attempts by the local council to reinvigorate the tourism trade serve mearly to lure more "unemployed tourists" from the English cities of Liverpool, Manchester etc - and they spend so little to contribute nothing to the economy.
Plus points for Rhyl:
Sandy Beach (great if no wind)
Lots for Kids to do
Shops - the best between Chester and Llandudno (wow) - and serving the towns Location - inland to the "Vale of Cwyd".
Theatre and cinema
Suncentre swimming pool
See Rhyl Website
Nearby (3miles inland) the Excellent Rhuddlan Castle - well worth seeing. Rhyl is only 30 miles from the lovely town of Chester, and west is the Snowdonia National Park. Inland are many country lanes excellent for quiet cycling tours.
Great countryside and Welsh towns nearby like Rhuddlan, Ruthin, Denbigh and St. Asaph - so use Rhyl as a transport hub to access these.
Rhyl is on the main North Wales coastal route linking England with Dublin - Ireland - so has excellent rail and coach access.
Fondest memory: The old fashioned promenade and beach were havens from the tacky amusement arcades - like a down market Blackpool. BUT now that too has been ruined.
The local council's incompetence in redevelopment verges on suicide. They take the prize for white elephants and must surely be questioned for corruption. Can they really spend money so badly for so long?
Rhyl is safe and small - easy to walk around and fun if you like pubs and the life of bingo, burgers and gambling. Its a fun place if you go with the flow - but generally a place to pass through - it holds little interest.
Head to Prestatyn (4 miles east) for a quieter version - a town struggling since the Kwik Save Supermarket chain upped roots. Now quiet and parochial, Prestatyn at least has charm and a beautiful hillside. Prestatyn is one end of the Offa's Dyke Long Distance Footpath.
Warning Eyesoars - this whole coastline is littered with hidious caravan parks - white oblongs clustered like maggots on the wounded body of a beautiful coast. From Rhyl west towards Abergele is the worst 5 mile section. It's OK if you like living close to people and hate greenery, individuality and quality. Otherwise hope for global warming and sea rises!!! Come in Towyn, you time is hopefully up!
Off shore you will see one of Britain's main wind farms - so maybe Rhyl's watery grave can be delayed (I know stories of tree stumps far out to see in the sands - remnants of an old forest - which if true shows the encroachment of the sea, now stemmed by concrete barriers.)
The Irish sea is Radioactive, by the way, thanks to Sellafield Nuclear Reprocessing Plant in Cumbria (England). Something to consider before you or your children build sand castles - ingesting particles of alpha emitting radionuclides. Umm. an area to research cancer?