Review of "Rhyl (Wales)"
Hooray ! Violet at last, or is that purple?
Rhyl has many memories from my childhood since I have been back there as long I can remember. Its living population is around 25,000 and this can climb (at least it used to) over 100,000 in the summer tourist season.It is a coastal town on the North Wales coast and has neighbouring towns of Prestatyn to the East and Kinmel Bay, Towyn and Abergele to the West. These are all popular tourist attractions.
In the very old days- early eighties, Rhyl had a drive through high street where you could park in the town and shop in the usual high street shops. Nothing unusual here - except when the built the White Rose Shopping centre and the pedestrisation of the high street. This greatly improved the shopping experience and attracted bigger names to Rhyl such as Currys, and Dixons (remember them) as well as expansions of Woolworth's and other High street retailers.
THE BEACH FRONT
If you were to drive from East to West along the coast road, the attractions are like a minature version of Blackpool except there is no pier and no spikey tower. However, there is a lift tower which is like an revolving lift capsule which is the tallest structure on the North Wales coast. On a clear day you can see Blackpool tower and even the Isle of Man.
Apart from the array of arcades and bingo halls, the promenade has lost much of is character and appeal which once attracted thousands of tourists. Much of the open space has been built on with a mindless array of walkways, colourful structures and a rush of modern urban society. This includes a Sea Life Centre, a cinema a minature golf course and a ghastly arch bridge which greets you as you come out of the high street after the much loved clock tower. Except the clock tower is hardly noticable anymore.
THE SUN CENTRE
This has always been a source of attraction since its inception in the 80's. With its wave machines, you can actually do some body surfing, with the boards provided. There a water chutes, slides, kiddy pools and a proper beach like major pool. Great times have been spent here.
At the far end (West) there is, or I believe was, a funfair, with a rollercoaster and many traditional rides, a great day out. Except, I was there a couple of weeks back, they,ve seemed have taken it down. I wonder why.
Beyond the funfair, the town road and the beach roads meet at a roundabout. This is greeted by an eyecatching bridge over the River Clwyd. A blue arched structure takes over across to Kinmel Bay where the local Asda is situated.
The beach front is littered with many hotels and B&B's with many of the side roads offering the same. On both East towards Prestatyn and West into Kinmel Bay and Towyn there many caravan parks where people can stay.All in all, if the weather is good, the beach itself and the Sun Centre are very good attractions to Rhyl. But its ultra ambitions to modernise and shake a drug ridden reputation, in my view has backfired since the level of natural beauty around the beach areas has diminished and the long walks are now twists and turns of an urban park. However, if you like it this is for you.
The East beach front, near the Sun Centre still holds its charm of natural beauty, waves crashing on the steps, and freedom to walk on a relatively peaceful beach with parking space on the road.The town is full of sentimental value for me as I have been going there for a large part of my life as are other places in the area.
Thanks for reading - Mak
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