IN Accommodation / Activities / Historical Sights / October 1, 2019

Looking for an interesting day out, packed with interesting historical tidbits and the opportunity to get a breath of fresh air? Look no further!

Rhyl is famed for its reputation as one of North East Wales’ premier tourist destinations, and it’s not hard to see why. During the summer, the beaches are packed, the pubs are heaving and the streets are bustling with tourists looking for a good time. Under the sweltering Welsh summer sun, it can be easy to miss the outstanding historical heritage that this seaside town is home to. If you’re thinking of stopping by this quintessential Welsh holiday destination, then you could do a lot worse than stopping by some of these places of interest.

Ty’n Rhyl

There aren’t many houses that can claim to contain a portion of King Henry VIII’s bedstead, but Ty’n Rhyl is one of them. Whilst the authenticity of this artefact has been rigorously backed up historical research, you’ll find it on display nonetheless at this centuries-old home. Dating back to 1672 (a fact that has been backed up historians) this grand home is also said to contain fragments of Rhuddlan Castle, 1672 clearly being a time when local monuments were fair game when it came to sourcing building materials. Ty’n Rhyl is now one of  the finest restaurants in Prestatyn which you can also stay at, if you’re willing to part with the cash.

Former Dudley Arms Hotel

Now operating under the name of The Cob and Pen, this Victorian-era pub was once the Dudley Arms Hotel, an institution that was a central part of the Rhyl community, and home to its fair share of events and scandalous affairs. Historical records speak of dead bodies being found, suicides being halted and even thieves operations being foiled under the roof of the Dudley Arms. During its peak of popularity in the Victorian era ‘smoking concerts’ were held for the men in the local area to meet, listen to music and smoke. Naturally, women weren’t permitted to attend these affairs. Today, landlord Amanda Phelan welcomes all to this friendly family pub.

Rhyl Lifeboat Station

First established in 1852 by the Shipwrecked Fisherman and Mariners’ Society, Rhyl’s Lifeboat Station has proved useful on more than a handful occasions, saving the lives of swimmers, tourists and sailors in the process. Now operated by the well-respected charity, the RNLI, Rhyl made history in 1962 by making the first-ever rescue from a hovercraft. Three crewmen were rescued from the aforementioned vehicled, just moments before it crashed into the promenade – thankfully, no one was injured. The current boathouse was opened in 2002, however, it still occupies the same spot that the first building was founded on.

Former Bee and Station Hotel, Rhyl

Built-in the late 1860s, this is another pub of distinguished pedigree that is well worth a visit. Functioning as a popular guest house for travelling visitors for decades, you may be surprised to hear that it was home to a thriving Jazz club during the 1960s, attracting connoisseurs from across Denbighshire for a number of years. After the dissolution of this club, music continued to thrive at The Bee in the shape of a popular Folk club which ran for nearly 34 years, before the closure of the pub in 2005. The building was refurbished and reopened by the council and is now home to offices and the Lego Innovation Studio.

Interested in exploring more of Rhyl? Walk the tour using the History Point mobile app Tour.