Visit Abergele and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Abergele, Conwy. The old market town of Abergele lies 1 mile from the sea, half way between the bigger coastal resorts of Rhyl and Colwyn Bay. The wooded hills rise behind it; to the East are the long levels of the great Morfa Rhuddlan. The church is double-naved. The main structure dates from the reign of Henry VIII and was tactfully restored in 1879. The initials and dates on the screen were probably carved by the pupils when the church was used as a school in Tudor times. The marks on the pillars were made by archers who used the pillars to sharpen their arrows. Other treasures include some 15th century stained glass, a l3th century stone cross within the communion rails, a wooden chest carved out of a single log, and a chalice dated 1601. The churchyard contains memorials of the shipwreck of the Ocean Monarch in 1848 and the Irish Mail disaster of August 1868, when the train ran into petrol trucks at Llanddulas station, with the loss of thirty-three lives.
Abergele is connected with its seaside suburb, Pensarn, by the wide Dundonald Avenue. Pensarn has the usual promenade and sea-front of boarding-houses. The sands along this stretch of coastline are firm and welcoming, although the railway runs close to the shore, and the station for Abergele is in Pensarn. With the sands go the caravans. The extent of the caravan sites and holiday camps, which now stretch along the whole length of the North Wales coastline from Point of Air past Rhyl to near Abergele, is breathtaking. This must be one of the most intensively caravanned parts of Britain. Up on the hills behind is Castell Cawr, claimed to be a Roman stronghold. A little further South on the road to St Asaph is Kinmel Park, with its fine tree-filled grounds. The house is now a girls' school, but the park became well known during the First World War as the main Army training centre for North Wales.
To the West of Abergele the hills begin to come nearer the sea. About ½ mile away, at the foot of these wooded slopes alongside the old main road, is Gwrych Castle, once the home of the Earl of Dundonell, who won fame as a soldier in the South African War. Gwrych is an imposing mock antique (half the towers are sham), and can be enjoyed in the spirit in which it was built. If you care to risk the traffic, you can stop to read the long array of historic events inscribed on the tablets at the gates as having taken place in the neighbourhood. Gwrych Castle is now a holiday centre. Beyond the Castle the gap narrows between the hills and the sea. There are extensive quarries in the area, and long jetties run out from the high coastline to allow coasting vessels to load the stone easily. At the village of Llanddulas the Earl of Northumberland lured Richard II to capture, after Richard had returned from Ireland to Conway Castle. From Llanddulas he was taken on his unhappy journey to Flint, where he was handed over to his enemy, Bolingbroke.
The countryside inland from Llanddulas is impressive. The limestone hill of Cefn yr Ogof offers caves and fine views over the coast. The Dulas river runs back into the high ground that guards the valley of the Elwy further South. The roads and lanes become narrower, steeper, and more twisting the further you go inland. Moelfre Isaf (Lower Rounded Hill) makes a fine and exhilarating viewpoint.
Nearby towns: Colwyn Bay, Rhyl, St Asaph
Nearby villages: Betws-yn-Rhos, Bodelwyddan, Bodfari, Cwm, Denbigh, Dinorben, Dyserth, Eglwysbach, Foryd, Gwaenynog, Henllan, Kinmel, Llanasa, Llanddoged, Llanddulas, Llandrillo-yn-Rhos, Llandudno Junction, Llanelian-yn-Rhos, Llanelwy, Llanfair Talhaiarn, Llangernyw, Llannefydd, Llanrhaiadr, Llansannan, Llysfaen, Meliden, Mochdre, Nantglyn, Old Colwyn, Prestatyn, Rhos-on-Sea, Rhuddlan, Tal-y-Cafn, Trefnant, Tremeirchion
Have you decided to visit Abergele or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Abergele bed and breakfast (a Abergele B&B or Abergele b and b)
- a Abergele guesthouse
- a Abergele hotel (or motel)
- a Abergele self-catering establishment, or
- other Abergele accommodation