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History of Colwyn Bay

  • council: Conwy
  • population: 9,742
  • phone code: 01492
  • postcode area: LL29, LL28
  • county: Conwy

Colwyn Bay is situated in the heart of the North Wales coastline and couldn't be easier to get to whether you are travelling by coach, by car or by train.

Accessibility is excellent from all parts of the UK. The North Wales A55 Expressway which has direct access from the M56 has opened up the whole of the coastal area, considerably cutting travelling time. Colwyn Bay offers ample affordable municipal car parking facilities and extensive free car parking at the Bay View Shopping Centre.

National Express coaches link in to the North Wales coast from all parts of the UK. Tel: 0870 580 80 80 or visit

Colwyn Bay Railway Station is within a two minute walk of the town centre. There are express rail links providing direct, fast and efficient services from key UK destinations. First North Western operate a network of services covering the North West of England and North Wales with an hourly service from Manchester to Colwyn Bay. Virgin Trains operate daily direct services from London Euston and stop at Crewe for connections with trains from Scotalnd, the North East and North West through the Midlands and South West. National Rail Enquiries: Tel 08457 48 49 50 or visit

Colwyn Bay town offers traditional high street shopping combined with indoor mall shopping where there is something for everyone, whatever the size of your pocket!

The town offer a host of familiar household retail names but with a significant number of independent retailers, you will often find something just that bit different in the 'bay'.

Whether it's the butcher, the baker (alas no candlestick maker) you need, it's all in Colwyn Bay. The town still proffers family run independent florists, greengrocers, rare book shops, newsagents, ladies and gents clothiers, baby goods, upholsterers, jewellers, saddler, fancy goods, hardware, furniture, hairdressers, cafes (including internet cafes) the list goes on (see our web map for details)

The pedestrianised town centre has a popular twice weekly general market every Tuesday and Saturday. In addition to a weekly Farmers Market every Thursday where you can buy a wide range of quality local produce and goods.

If you have any mobility problems whether permanent or temporary, Colwyn Bay's Shopmobility can help. Here you can hire a wheelchair (3 a day) or motorised scooter (5 a day) to help you get around the town's shops, stores and attractions. Advance booking recommended.
For further information on this and other services Tel: Nick Rees on 01492 533 822 (open Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm. Chairs/sooters available over the weekend)

Out and About
Being a seaside town Colwyn Bay is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts with its safe waters and three miles of award winning golden sands. Prior to shopping, people flock to the promenade with its wide walkways and popular cycle track.

The whole family will love the Welsh Mountain Zoo, set in tranquil garden surroundings and home to a fascinating mix of rare and endangered species as well as a collection of British wildlife.

Theatre Colwyn offers first class shows, films, stage productions and a range of family seaside entertainment.

If you are a keep fit enthusiast, there's a fitness suite, squash courts and swimming pool at Eirias Park Leisure Centre and if you're outside, there's the coastal cycle track stretching mile after mile along the scenic coast line.

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