Trains to Prestatyn

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Prestatyn is a seaside resort town located on the Irish Sea coast, to the east of Rhyl, in Denbighshire, Wales.

Prestatyn is a popular tourist destination and resort town. Efforts are being made to revive the town integrating new facilities to attract greater numbers of tourists to the town, such as the opening of retail high street shops, supermarkets and attractions such as tenpin bowling, quad bikes, a dance studio as well as the revival of Ffrith Beach in the attempt to increase the town’s status. The NHS is planning to open a new elderly care home facility in the town to serve north Denbighshire, and the opening of big name shops and supermarkets looks set to increase the town's status as a shopping centre.

Prestatyn’s tourist attractions include the remains of Roman Baths, the Neolithic Prestatyn Castle, built in 1157 on land granted to the Norman lord R. Banastre by King Henry II of England, built on level ground on the coastal plain gifting visitors with an extensive view.

The town lies at the northern end of the Offa’s Dyke Path. Hiking lovers should undertake the North Wales Path, a long-distance coastal panoramic route to Bangor, or the Clwydian Way, a 122mile Circular Route largely set within Denbighshire.

The town hosts two major events each year, the flower show and the carnival. Prestatyn Flower Show is an annual event held in Prestatyn town centre on the last weekend of July. The flower exhibition also includes a small display of classic cars and vintage motorcycles. Prestatyn Carnival is an annual two- day event held in summer in the town featuring field events, competitions and a procession. Each year, thousands travel to the town by train to take part in the festivities. Visitors are advised to purchase train tickets to Prestatyn in advance to secure their seat and take advantage of discounted railway fares.

Visitors travelling to Prestatyn railway station will travel along the North Wales Coast line. This railway line also connects the town with Holyhead to the west and Chester to the east.

Prestatyn railway station was first opened in 1848. It was determinant for the development of the seaside town transforming it from a Victorian city-dwellers village into a well-established seaside resort, bringing large numbers of passenger, tourists and prosperity to the town. During the 1960s the line and station facilities were reduced but kept operational. During 1979, the station was renovated. In 2011 the station underwent a facelift and a new footbridge and lift were installed as part of Network Rail's national access programme.

Passengers arriving at Prestatyn station will notice right at the front of the station a curious-looking sculpture created by Denis O'Connor. On the main island platform passengers can find a ticket office that is open seven days a week and a self-service ticket machine is also available to travellers to allow them to purchase or collect pre-booked train tickets. Live train times are displayed throughout the station. A dedicated customer help point is also available to travellers who require accessibility assistance. The trains station is equipped with a step-free access to both platforms. A footbridge connects the two entrances and a lift offers step-free access. A car park and bicycle racks are available directly outside the train station. The station has no toilets. CCTV and Wi-Fi services operate at this trains station.

At present the station is managed by Arriva Trains Wales. It is connected to Cardiff central, Birmingham International and Manchester with services run by Arriva Trains Wales and to London Euston with services provided by Virgin Trains. Prestatyn station offers hourly train services running from Manchester to Llandudno and Birmingham International and Cardiff to Holyhead. Some early morning and late-night trains run to and from Crewe rather than Cardiff or Birmingham. In addition, there are two trains per hour to Chester and Llandudno Junction. On weekdays six trains per day operate from Prestatyn to and from London, while on Saturdays these services are reduced to four. On Sundays, an hourly service operates each way to Holyhead westbound and Crewe eastbound as well as four trains run to and from London.

Heritage lovers should visit the 1157 remains of Prestatyn castle, book a guided tour to Bodrhyddan Hall, a 17th century stately historic house featuring historical collections, formal gardens and a tea room for refreshments. Or spend a day at Bodelwyddan Castle and Park, where they will find a 19th century mansion featuring Welsh art, Victorian games, artifacts on display and extensive grounds that offer opportunities for relaxing strolls. Nature lovers should consider visiting Rhaeadr Dyserth, it offers visitors a beautiful waterfall, hiking opportunities, a picnic area and scenic views. Restrooms are available to visitors.  Rhuddlan Local Nature Reserve features featuring wildlife, ponds, a cycle path and beautiful views of Rhuddlan Castle. Horse lovers should head to Bridlewood Riding Centre to enjoy rides down on to the sands. On a rainy afternoon, visitors should head for the Scala Cinema and Arts Centre to watch all year round everything from blockbusters to pantomimes. Beach lovers can choose from three sandy beaches Barkby Beach, Central Beach and Ffrith Beach or take a stroll along the promenade that joins the three. Prestatyn offers a range of activities suitable for families with kids include Rhyl aquarium, Rnightly fun parks with rides and attractions. Ffrith Beach Arena Park is an expansive coastal park featuring a sandy beach, opportunities to take bike paths or play a bowling game. Start planning your getaway, book in advance train tickets to Prestatyn, to experience all that the town has to offer.