Colwyn Bay

Colwyn Bay

Colwyn Bay, Welsh Bae Colwyn, town (1991 pop. 27,002), Conwy, N Wales. It is a popular seaside resort. Colwyn Bay has an amusement park, several theaters, a zoo, a botanic garden, and the Pwllychrochan Woods.
Colwyn Bay (Bae Colwyn) is a town and seaside resort in Conwy county borough on the north coast of Wales. The A55 road passes through the town, running parallel to the North Wales Coast Line.

The town is served by Colwyn Bay railway station.

Prior to local government reorganisation on 1 April 1974 Colwyn Bay was a municipal borough with a population of c. 25,000, but in 1974 this designation disappeared leaving five separate parishes, known as communities in Wales. In the 2001 Census the community of Colwyn Bay contained just 9,742 people, with the others as follows: Mochdre (1,862), Rhos-on-Sea (7,110), Old Colwyn (7,626) and Llysfaen (2,652). This gives a total figure for the five communities of 28,992, generally referred to as the population of Colwyn Bay.

Attractions

Attractions in Colwyn Bay include its Victoria Pier and Welsh Mountain Zoo. The town is situated between the sea and the Pwllycrochan Woods on the towering hillside. A business and commercial centre with rail links and close access to the activities that are available in the surrounding countryside. Colwyn Bay hosted the National Eisteddfod in 1910, 1947 and 1995.

The western side of Colwyn Bay, Rhos-on-Sea, includes a number of historic sites associated with St Trillo and Ednyfed Fychan, the 13th century general and councillor to Llywelyn the Great.

The Welsh Language

According to the census of 2001, 20% of the population can speak Welsh fluently. The highest percentage of speakers is in the 10-14 years age group, where 38% can speak the language. There is a Welsh medium primary school in the town, called Ysgol Bod-Alaw

Education

Colwyn Bay has three secondary schools - one private and two state. Eirias High School is in Eirias Park and Ysgol Bryn Elian is in Old Colwyn. Ysgol Bryn Elian mainly serves Old Colwyn and Eirias High School mainly serves Colwyn Bay, Rhos on Sea and Penrhyn Bay. Rydal Penrhos is a private school, which is on multiple sites in the town.

Notable people

Notable people from the town include:

See also

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