For generations of people in the North West of England and Wales, Rhyl is synonymous with British seaside holidays – sticks of rock, sandy beaches, fish and chips and a walk along the prom before heading back to the B&B. It’s fair to say it did lose some of its shine around the turn of the millennium, but it’s since had a complete makeover and some impressive investment. Rhyl is now firmly back on the destination list again, especially for families and day-trippers.
Thanks to expansion both ways, Rhyl and neighbouring Prestatyn, another dearly remembered resort, have met in the middle along the seafront. They now market themselves together almost as a single destination – two for the price of one, if you like. Whether you’re visiting on a sunny day to dip your toes in the fresh Irish Sea or are staying for a bit longer to experience the towns have to offer, there’s no better way to get to Rhyl than by train. The station is right in the heart of town, so you can have sand between your toes a few minutes after hopping off the train.
Are you ready to re-discover this gem of North Wales that’s been loved since Victorian times? Jump on board to discover all you need to know about trains and tickets to Rhyl.
Popular Avanti West Coast trains to Rhyl
Don’t even think about driving the coast road at the height of the season! Wherever you’re travelling from, it’s a doddle to get to Rhyl by train.
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Things to do in Rhyl
If you love getting up close with animals, you’re going to be smitten with SeaQuarium. It’s an aquatic zoo, full of beautiful creatures from around the world in copies of their natural habitats. The highlight has to be the underwater tunnel, from where you can view sharks and conger eels swimming above your head. Needless to say, it always makes a big splash with kids.
In the 1980s, everyone was talking about Rhyl Sun Centre, the all-weather indoor swimming and slides attraction where it was always warm. It closed down in the 2010s, but in 2018 its second incarnation, SC2, had £15 million investment – and it shows. It’s a modern, family-friendly place to spend hours swimming, splashing and sliding, but now you can also do ninja tag, eat some great food and visit the outdoor pool area. It’s well worth a second look.
OK, it’s not technically in Rhyl, but if you’re staying there, why not treat yourself to a train ride to Holyhead? It’s all about the journey. Zooming along the beautiful coastline, you’ll pass miles of beaches on your right, and mountains and castles on your left. Then you’ll cross Robert Stephenson’s iconic Britannia Bridge before slipping through Anglesey’s green and pleasant countryside. And all the way, you’ll have Avanti’s famed service, from WiFi to the onboard shop to keep you comfy.
Ways to save
We want to make it easy to save money when you travel with us, so check out the ways to save page for details. Here are the highlights.
First, book in advance – the further ahead the better, and you’ll save automatically compared with buying on the day from the station. Even better, if you book directly through this website or our app, you’ll save more because we don’t charge a fee, unlike other online ticket sellers.
Are there three or more of you travelling together? Make a group booking for a saving, and you’ll probably be able to sit together if you’ve booked in advance.
A Railcard is a great way to save if you’re making lots of journeys by train over the course of a year. It’s a one-off purchase that gives you fantastic discounts – either a third or a half – whenever you travel outside of peak hours. In fact, simply travelling off-peak will save you money too, so unless you need to be in Rhyl early in the day, take it easy and turn up refreshed and with a few more pounds to spend on your seaside break.
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