Old Colwyn

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Old Colwyn
Old Colwyn in the Afternoon.jpg
Old Colwyn seen from Rhos-on-Sea
Old Colwyn is located in Conwy
Old Colwyn
Old Colwyn
Old Colwyn shown within Conwy
Population 8,113 (2011)
OS grid reference SH864784
  • Old Colwyn
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town COLWYN BAY
Postcode district LL29
Dialling code 01492
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
53°17′28″N 3°42′14″W / 53.291°N 3.704°W / 53.291; -3.704Coordinates: 53°17′28″N 3°42′14″W / 53.291°N 3.704°W / 53.291; -3.704

Old Colwyn (Welsh Hen Golwyn), is a town just to the east of Colwyn Bay, in Conwy County Borough, Wales.

Prior to local government reorganisation in April 1974 it was part of the Municipal Borough of Colwyn Bay, but the reorganisation established it as a separate community, whose population at the 2001 census was 7,626,[1] increasing to 8,113 at the 2011 census.[2] It hosted the National Eisteddfod in 1941. It also harbours the 3rd Colwyn Bay (Old Colwyn) Scout Group headquarters and is home to the area's comprehensive school, Ysgol Bryn Elian


In Old Colwyn is an area of woodland called the 'Fairy Glen'. This area of woodland is said to contain many different spirits including fairies, hence its name, which dates from the Victorian era and is a common name from that period (e.g. the "Fairy Glen" in Penmaenmawr). This area has recently undergone a regeneration with funding from the council and it is now possible to walk through it easily. The Fairy Glen is subject to an ownership dispute between Conwy County Borough Council and the water company, Dŵr Cymru, each claiming that the maintenance of the area is the responsibility of the other.[citation needed]

Old Colwyn was once overlooked by the Hotel 70 Degrees, (just above Tan-y-Lan) so named because the architect who designed it used 70 degree angles in its construction.[3] Built in 1972, it was demolished in 2007, to be replaced by a housing development. It also has easy access onto the promenade and beach, as well as a protruded cliff area known as Penmaenhead, marked by a disused stone utility house. This is a popular spot amongst teenagers for the dangerous practice of "cliff jumping" when tide is in and the water is deep enough, though to date nobody has been hurt.[citation needed]

Old Colwyn once had a station on the North Wales Coast Line from Chester to Holyhead; the line remains open but the station closed in December 1952. There is still a "Station Road."

Old Colwyn is home to Colwyn Bay Football Club, their ground is situated on Llanelian Road.

Old Colwyn can proudly claim to be the birthplace of Colwyn Bay.[clarification needed]

Former Tramway[edit]

The Llandudno and Colwyn Bay Electric Railway operated an electric tramway service between Llandudno and Rhos-on-Sea from 1907 and extended to Colwyn Bay in 1908. The service closed in 1956.[4]


Old Colwyn has one Infant school (Ysgol T Gwyn Jones) one Secondary school (Ysgol Bryn Elian) and one Primary school (Ysgol Hen Golwyn).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Conwy
  2. ^ "Town population 2011". Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  3. ^ BBC News - Hotel 70 Degrees
  4. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.

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