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Colwyn Bay can now boast two Blue Flag beaches – Porth Eirias beach and Rhos/Colwyn Bay beach.
In 2013, Colwyn Bay saw the start of a multi-million pound Waterfront Project, giving the seafront of this historic seaside town a new lease of life.
State-of-the-art technology was used to dredge a sandbar 20 miles out to sea and pump tons of soft golden sand back to widen and plump up the shore.
Visitors to Colwyn Bay can now enjoy the wide sandy Porth Eirias beach and admire the seaside views from the improved promenade and its attractive seating and landscaped areas.
Porth Eirias is the iconic development right at the heart of the promenade. It's home to celebrity chef Bryn Williams’ award-winning bistro that wows with idyllic views over the sea. And there’s also a bike shop that sells a wide range bikes and offers a repair service.
During this summer (2021) you’ll find a temporary Tourist Information Centre at Porth Eirias. Pop in to speak to the friendly team and browse a small selection of Welsh crafts, jewellery, local produce, walking books, guides and maps.
Things to do on and around Porth Eirias beach:
- Children will love the surf board, balance beam and basket swing in the playground to the front of Porth Eirias
- Stop for refreshment at Bryn Williams’s Bistro, or an ice cream from one of the many kiosks
- Build a sandcastle or play beach games on the sand
- Cycle, walk or jog along the seafront to neighbouring Rhos-on-Sea
- Take a walk on the ‘new’ pier. (A £1.5m project will reinstate a smaller version of Colwyn Bay’s pier, initially opened in 1900. The pier is scheduled to be completed in late spring 2021)
- Porth Eirias Beach is just a few minutes’ walk to Colwyn Bay’s railway station and town centre
And back in town, it’s hard to list everything that visitors can enjoy in Colwyn Bay.
There’s fantastic independent shopping as well as high street favourites, and a vast range of locally produced food and drink on offer.
Theatr Colwyn is Wales’ oldest working theatre and cinema, now modernised into a 21st-century entertainment space.
There are national cricket fixtures, prestigious rugby matches, two nearby golf courses and a huge leisure centre with water activities, fitness and an events centre.
Or you can simply walk and admire the Victorian architecture of the town and shopfronts on the Colwyn Bay Heritage Walk.
If you are looking for green spaces, Parc Eirias has 50 acres of parkland and includes outdoor facilities such as floodlit synthetic sports pitch, tennis courts, bowling greens, children’s playground and picnic area.
Pwllycrochan Woods offers footpaths and waymarked nature trails
And if animals are your interest, the Welsh Mountain Zoo – National Zoo of Wales – sits behind Colwyn Bay offering panoramic views along with meeting tigers, bears and a host of other exotic wildlife.
Porth Eirias Beach information:
- Porth Eirias beach is managed by the Harbour and Seaboard Service, Conwy County Borough Council
- 2021 Blue Flag award-winner
- There is disabled access
- There is no lifeguard on the beach
- And remember, do not feed the seagulls and please throw your rubbish away in the public bins provided.
Dogs on the beach
Bringing your dog to the beach can be a massive highlight for you and your pets. We encourage you to ensure your dog is under control at all times both on and off the lead, and to be aware of the restrictions in place at some of our beaches.
In general dogs are not allowed on the beaches (except for registered guide dogs and trained assistance dogs) between1st May to 30th September, but some may prohibit dogs all year round while others have no restrictions at all to enjoying a seaside stroll with your pets.
We always ask that you pick up after your dog as it is an offence not to clean up immediately.
For more information about facilities available at each of our beaches see our corporate website.