Review of "Rhyl (Wales)"
Well what can I say about Rhyl? If you've never been there you've probably missed it at it's former best.I have visited Rhyl yearly for about forty years, more so nowadays to recall my childhood memories more than anything.
Once a very thriving and bustling holiday resort, We live in Stoke-on-Trent the centre of the Potteries, Father worked down the mine and Mum worked in the pottery industry, Rhyl became the biggest attraction of the year for all that worked in the area, as we had what became know as the (Potters Holidays). Where it was arranged so the miners and there wives all had the same break, literally 1000's of cars would make their way to Rhyl, It now takes me 1 ¼ to reach Rhyl, but I remember the days when it took my Father 7hrs in his blue Ford Popular, pulling a trailer laden with tent and camping gear, and us 6 kids all feeling travel sick in the back.During the Height of the summer season, parking can be a bit difficult, as it is still a popular place with many, more so people from Liverpool now than the Potters, But there is ample parking available, and with a little patience you should find somewhere without to much difficulty.
The main attractions for kids, is based the actual fronts facing towards the sea, here you will find, amusements galore, there are several penny arcades, okay not so much penny but pounds now, Grabber machines laden with almost impossible to obtain cuddly toys, watches and prizes line the length of Rhyl front.If like me you enjoy a spot of prize bingo, nowhere better than the famous Les Harkers Bingo, this place has been going as far back as I care to remember, but still very reasonably priced and some great prizes on offer.
Also along the front there is some smashing little cafes offering good food at very reasonable prices, you can get a full English breakfast for as little as 99p. And excellent pots of tea on offer.There have been some recent improvements added to the front on the promenade side of the road, with rides for the younger generation, also an old time amusement arcade, with working fruit machines from yesteryear, you purchase old pennies from the man on the door, and when you win the machine pays out in small packets of sweets, the kids really enjoyed this.
Heading towards the centre of town which you will find best access turning into it on foot at the side of Woolworth's, He you will find every shop you could possibly want, from cheap pound shops, to expensive jewellery shops, If coin or stamp collecting is your thing, there is a superb shop in the centre of town, offering everything for the avid collector and they are very friendly, helpful and make you feel welcome.You will also find down there the Famous Madam Toussads Wax Museum and Rhyls rock making shop, where at certain times you can watch them making the actual rock its self.
At the Far end of Rhyls front there is the Fun Fair, offering all the usual attractions, old and new, with still a very traditional feel to it, The car park at the rear of the Fair has a thrice weekly car boot sale, great for all those bargain hunters, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, see display boards for further info.Opposite the Car boot is Rhyls Marine Lake, a man made lake, with a range of water sports available, and a miniature railway, great ride for the smaller kids.
Rhyl has seen better days, and hit a bad spot in recent years, but slowly money is being invested in the area, as you will see and hopefully be restored to its former self.There are many Boarding houses to choose from offering bed and breakfast facilities.
Also a few Hotels with a greater range of meals on offer.Millers cottage and many others available for all you're touring and camping needs.
All in all if you've got the weather there's nowhere better than a trip to Rhyl.
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