Kinmel Bay

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Kinmel Bay
Houses on The Promenade, Kinmel Bay (geograph 4175274).jpg
Houses on the Promenade, Kinmel Bay
Kinmel Bay is located in Conwy
Kinmel Bay
Kinmel Bay
Kinmel Bay shown within Conwy
Population7,864 (including Towyn) (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSH988803
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townRHYL
Postcode districtLL18
Dialling code01745
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
53°18′36″N 3°31′08″W / 53.310°N 3.519°W / 53.310; -3.519Coordinates: 53°18′36″N 3°31′08″W / 53.310°N 3.519°W / 53.310; -3.519

Kinmel Bay (Welsh: Bae Cinmel) is a seaside resort in Conwy County Borough, north-east Wales. It is also an electoral ward to the county council and town council. The town of Rhyl lies just across the River Clwyd in the neighbouring county of Denbighshire.

According to the 2001 Census, together with neighbouring Towyn (to the west), it had a population of 7,864, of which 10.7% could speak Welsh.[1]

Kinmel Bay is part of a large urban area which includes Abergele, Bodelwyddan, Pensarn, Towyn, Rhyl and Prestatyn, These are also tourist areas for spring/summer self-catering holidaymakers which include various caravan sites. A ship, La Nave Reyes said to be part of the Spanish Armada and under the command of the Duke of Medina Sidonia, sunk in the River Clwyd near Kinmel Bay in 1588 with the loss of 220,000 pesos of gold and silver. These coins are still being found today.[citation needed]

Kinmel Bay was originally called Foryd before it grew in size, and that was the name of the former train station (See Foryd railway station). Kinmel bay beach is popular with tourists and the local population. There is also a medium-sized Asda superstore that opened in 1981, which is located in Kinmel Bay, and picks up a lot of trade, especially during the summer months, from self-catering holidaymakers. Asda opened a large petrol filling station with a traditional forecourt convenience store which includes a mixture of cash sales and pay at pump by credit/debit card fuel facilities in September 2016. Asda scrapped plans to relocate the store to the former Ocean Beach fun fair redevelopment site one mile away in Rhyl in 2012.


Kinmel Bay is also the name of an electoral ward which comprises the eastern half of the community of Kinmel Bay and Towyn.[2] It elects three county councillors to Conwy County Borough Council. Since 2004 it has been represented by a mixture of Conservative and Independent councillors. [3]

Kinmel Bay is also a community ward, electing town councillors to represent them on Towyn and Kinmel Bay Town Council.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Towyn & Kinmel Bay Key Statistics" (PDF). Conwy County Borough Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2007.
  2. ^ Election Maps, Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Conwy County Borough Council Election Results 1995–2012" (PDF). The Elections Centre. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  4. ^ Welcome to our website, Towyn and Kinmel Bay Town Council. Retrieved 26 March 2018.

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