If you do like to be beside the seaside, then Colwyn Bay station is spot on. Arriving by train to Colwyn Bay brings you right onto the promenade, with views out across wide sweeping beaches and the Irish Sea. And the journey to get there’s not bad either, as the North Wales Main Line hugs the coastline for long stretches of its route between Crewe and Holyhead.
Colwyn Bay station first opened in 1849 as part of the network which brought huge numbers of holidaymakers to this whole stretch of coast during Victorian times. Tourism is still the main draw for visitors, and there’s plenty to see within easy reach. As well as the beach, of course, the town centre is a few minutes' walk from the station. There are also buses every ten minutes to Rhos-on-Sea just along the promenade with its tiny 6th-century St Trillo chapel and Penrhyn Bay around the headland. It's also the nearest station to the Welsh Mountain Zoo, one of North Wales’ top attractions.
There are two platforms at Colwyn Bay station. Westbound trains towards Holyhead depart from platform 1, and eastbound trains towards Manchester Piccadilly, Birmingham International and London Euston depart from platform 2. Outside the entrance, there’s a pay-and-display car park, taxi rank and cycle storage. Inside there’s a ticket counter and machine, with barriers leading through to platform 1, where there are also toilets and a waiting room. There’s a footbridge to platform 2 with stairs and lifts.