‘Dump’ UK seaside town named Britain’s worst that depressed locals regret moving to | UK | News

January 20, 2024
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In March 2023, Rhyl in North Wales was named the country’s worst seaside town despite drawing flocks of tourists every year. Now, the town has been branded a “dump” as visitors complain about the area being “shoddy” and “rundown”.

Many of the town’s amenities have shut down as holidays abroad have become cheaper, meaning Rhyl’s appeal has weakened. The once-popular Pavilion theatre, its old pier and its beach funfair have all closed in recent times.

Like many coastal towns that used to go-to holiday destinations, it’s become bleak and uninspiring for those visiting.

Recent visitors have branded the place as a “dump”, claiming that it failed to live up to the limited hype it had left. One Tripadvisor user wrote of the place: “Got moved here in June and what a big mistakes it was. Rhyl is such a dump it’s depressing.
Would not advise visiting at all.”

Another said: “Never been in such a shoddy run down place, even worse than Holyhead. Went on a lovely sunny day, when wet in mid winter it must be even more miserable. Couldn’t even get a decent meal and ended up in McDonald’s! Don’t waste your time going”.

A third attacked the town, saying: “The town itself is a shadow of its former life and it’s heartbreaking to see it on its knees. This town like many others were hit hard before Covid and after they are really up against it.”

Last year, Rhyl was awarded the unfortunate title of ‘UK’s worst seaside town’.

However, not everyone is so negative about Rhyl as YouTube sensation Walk With Me Tim once visited the town and shared a video of his experience. The video, released in summer 2022, has been viewed nearly 350,000 times and his review of the place was far less brutal.

He said that its beach was “beautiful” and “absolutely massive” and that it took an age to reach the water’s edge. Looking out from the harbour as the sun shone, Tim told his viewers that the view was “absolutely amazing”.

Despite its negative reviews, WalesOnline reports that over the last few years, the town has worked hard to get rid of the negativity. News plans mean nearly £25m is being spent on the town centre to help improve it, as part of the Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns initiative.

More than £65million in investment has also been attracted for projects like the SC2 Waterpark, Pont y Ddraig bridge and harbour improvements. The Pavilion Theatre has been renovated and the 1891 Restaurant has been opened. Rhyl also now has a Premier Inn and Travelodge.

Wales Online also spoke to Rhyl residents who were far more positive about the town.

One said: “In Rhyl you have some really decent, down to earth people with no airs and graces. I have the best neighbours. There are plenty of working people in Rhyl. Unfortunately some extremely bad decisions by DCC are leaving a town centre empty. They seem to think only of tourism and not about the locals.”

After seeing the rankings, Jess Hymus-Gant wrote: “What a shame. I’ve lived in Austria, Germany, Spain, México and I have chosen to settle in Rhyl and raise my family here. Yes it has its problems but believe me, so does everywhere else. In Rhyl you have some really decent, down to earth people with no airs and graces. I have the best neighbours. There are plenty of working people in Rhyl. Unfortunately some extremely bad decisions by DCC are leaving a town centre empty. They seem to think only of tourism and not about the locals.”

UK’s 10 worst seaside towns

  1. Rhyl

  2. South Shields

  3. Weston-Super-Mare

  4. Blackpool

  5. Morecambe

  6. Cleethorpes

  7. Southport

  8. Torquay

  9. Southend-on-Sea

  10. Scarborough



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