For the town in Gwynedd, see Tywyn.
Welsh: Tywyn

St. Mary's church, Towyn
 Towyn shown within Conwy
Population 7,864 (including Kinmel Bay) (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSH974794
Principal areaConwy
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town ABERGELE
Postcode district LL22
Dialling code 01745
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK ParliamentClwyd West
Welsh AssemblyClwyd West
List of places

Coordinates: 53°18′07″N 3°32′24″W / 53.302°N 3.540°W / 53.302; -3.540

Towyn (Welsh: Tywyn), is a seaside resort in the County Borough of Conwy, Wales.

It is located between Rhyl, in Denbighshire, and Abergele in Conwy. According to the 2001 Census, together with neighbouring Kinmel Bay (to the east), it had a population 7,864, of which 10.7% could speak Welsh. Only a third of the population were born in Wales.[1]

A combination of gale-force winds, a high tide and rough seas caused Towyn's flood defences to be breached at about 11.00am on 26 February 1990. 4 square miles (10 km2) of land was flooded, affecting 2,800 properties and causing areas of the resort to be evacuated. The coastal defences have since been reconstructed and significantly enhanced.[2]

Towyn has a notable church. St. Mary's Church was designed by the renowned architect George Edmund Street, and was consecrated on 17 June 1873. It is known for the distinctive tiling on the roof. The same architect also designed the building which now houses the youth club in nearby Abergele.

The principal economic activity in Towyn is tourism, concentrated in the summer season. A mix of static caravans and touring caravan pitches provides accommodation.


  1. 1 2 Towyn & Kinmel Bay Key Statistics (PDF), Conwy County Borough Council, retrieved 4 December 2007
  2. Towyn and Kinmel Bay Coastline, Conwy County Borough Council, retrieved 18 March 2009
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