If you're looking for one of the best campsites in Wales, look no further than Bron-y-Wendon Touring Caravan Park.
How do we know it is good? Well, it is featured in the Top 100 Sites Guide 2014, which is put together by Caravan Sitefinder, Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome, plus it has been rated as a five-star touring park.
Whether you're looking for holiday cottages in Wales for the perfect getaway, or you want somewhere to spend your motorhome or caravan holidays in Wales, Bron-y-Wendon Touring Caravan Park could be just what you are after. There are also 20 static caravan pitches, under the Bron-y-Wendon Holiday Park umbrella which brings the entire site together. There are no tent pitches, and also no serviced or seasonal pitches.
There are 130 touring pitches, of which 90 are hardstanding and 20 are just for motorhomes, and they all have electric hook-ups. The pitches are arranged in small groups across the touring park. There are some dedicated 'awning pitches' and only breathable groundsheets are permitted.
This is a dog-friendly campsite, but owners must keep dogs on their leads and clean up after them. There are designated dog walking areas on the site where four-legged visitors can be exercised.
In addition, you'll find a pair of clean, well-maintained, heated washrooms, which have showers, some individual cubicles for washing, shaver points and hairdryers, plus there are dedicated disabled washrooms. There is also a well equipped laundry, a tourist information centre with an internet connection and a games room with table tennis and a television. A public telephone, Elsan points, fresh water points and gas sales are all on site, too. As an added bonus, the beach is just a short stroll away.
The two- and three-bedroom holiday cottages give you another option for your holidays in Wales. Drink in the coastal views from the patio or garden. A cliff top farmhouse has been converted into cottages with gas central heating, each of which has been furnished and equipped with items including digital TVs, DVD players, a microwave, a dishwasher, an electric cooker and a washing machine. There is ample car parking space, and guests can also use the Wi-Fi and games room at the touring caravan park.
As well as being near the sea, Bron-y-Wendon Touring Caravan Park is near the village of Llanddulas, where you'll find shops and pubs. It is also close to the A55, which means that it’s really simple to access, too.
The holiday park is within easy striking distance of the Snowdonia National Park, which will provide you with much to keep you busy on your Welsh adventure, whether you like mountain biking, walking and other outdoor pursuits, or if you just like taking in the view from the comfort of your car. The seaside resort of Llandudno is also only about a 20-minute drive away to the west, Bangor and the crossing to the island of Anglesey just over half an hour away by car. Head east and after about 20 minutes in the car you'll be in Rhyl, Prestatyn just a little further along the North Wales coast. All of which means that despite the tranquil feel to the campsite, there are still lots of things to see and do in the local area.
Visitors to the campsite have commended it for its cleanliness, the peaceful, pretty setting, the landscaped gardens and the dog walk. It is a well-maintained campsite that gives you tremendous sea views. So if you're thinking of spending your motorhome or caravan holidays in North Wales, why not head to Bron-y-Wendon Touring Caravan Park.
Games and TV Room
Snowdonia, Llandudno, Anglesey, Conwy and Chester are all within easy travelling distance.
Places of interest include the Snowdon Mountain Railway, Ffestiniog Railway, Welsh State museum and Mountain Zoo, and Conway and Caernarfon Castles. Snowdonia, Llandudno and Chester all all within easy reach.
Dog walking area. We are adjacent to the Millennium Cycle Route and Wales Coastal Path.
Based on 7 review(s)
Flintshire 05 Jan 2014
For several years we have spent New Year away from home in our caravan with friends and my parents who also have their own vans. We have always used the same Caravan Club site just outside Chester, a site that we also use frequently for weekends away. However this year deciding that we had been creatures of habit for too long we thought we would try somewhere different and more convenient for us to all get to. Having seen Bron Y Wendon many times whilst travelling the A55 we looked them up on their website and spread our wings. However having just returned I have to say that we were very disappointed to say the least......
Firstly to give them credit the pitches and in general the site was well presented and immaculately clean from the moment you enter the driveway and the views from the pitches are fantastic; there is some noise from the A55 and the train track at the bottom of the site but to be honest that didn't really bother us.
Our main reasons for complaint were concerning the poor value for money and the rules, rules and more rules and the way in which they are imposed by the staff. I understand obviously that everywhere has rules but some of these seem over the top.
On arrival my parents and our friends were not allowed to pitch their own vans, (ours had been dropped off earlier by request of the park as we were not finishing work until later so they towed it to pitch for us). The response to why they couldn't pitch their own vans was a rather frosty 'we don't want people to drive on the grass'; considering the pitches were hard standing and straight off Tarmac and they both offered to use their movers for final positioning neither could see any problem but they were refused entry past the gate. Instead they had to wait for a tractor to arrive to tow them to pitch, leading to a considerable delay, not amused and begs the question as to what stops people driving across the grass on departure?
We had to pay £1 per night extra for dogs (a total of £5 per night between us all), so what does the dog get, no dog bins or a dog walk, why the charge?
My mum is currently undergoing cancer treatment and as a result has to be visited daily by a Community Nurse. They insisted on a charge of £1 a day for the nurse to come on site and a £4 refundable deposit for a barrier card. After a lengthy disagreement and a threat to leave they finally decided to waive the fee but where is your compassion?
The reception staff were really 'queer' when we had a visitor, they would not let them park their car on the car park in front of reception even though it was empty and had been for the last three days. Again they wanted £1 per person entry fee and £4 refundable deposit for a barrier card. Couldn't be bothered arguing so they just made the 30 mile return trip without visiting, very uninviting and unfriendly!
The 'top' toilet block, which we were told was very nice and had been fully refurbished a few years ago, was locked throughout as it was out of season. We accept and understand that but the other toilet block was in the middle of being refurbished and the Gents in particular in my humble opinion not fit for purpose. There was no heating in there throughout our stay and it was freezing and the only time I did try to get in to one of the showers, the first one nearly scolded me and the second took several minutes to even get Luke warm, so I abandoned it and decided to use my vans facilities. Not a problem but it is when you consider the considerable cost per night for the use of the facilities, so come on Bron Y Wendon, stop ripping people off!
So unfortunately we will have to look elsewhere, as it stands I wouldn't use or recommend Bron Y Wendon, which is a real shame as it's such a lovely site. It just appears to be unfriendly, up accommodating and poor value for money, for a lot less than half of the price of a night on this site I could get a CL with no facilities!!
Property manager response (17 Jan 2014)
Many thanks for the comments regarding Bron-Y-Wendon following your recent stay. On the day of arrival, one member of the group was offered the facility of dropping the caravan off at the Park before our normal opening time of 8am as they were working in the area and it would save them towing the caravan to and from work. A member of staff volunteered to come to work early in order to see the owners, obtain the hitch lock keys etc. and arrange to move the caravan to the pitch. We therefore offered the tractor to site the caravan while the owners were at work and the caravan would be sited for their return later in the day. We will frequently use the tractor to both park and remove caravans from the pitches and normally this, we thought, would help caravanners, especially when they are new to the Park and unsure of the layout. Towing a caravan off a pitch is often easier than reversing onto a pitch, and therefore not using the tractor is the option for the customer. Replacement toilet cubicles are being fitted along with additional tiling at the moment. There is only one gent’s shower not yet started but there are still seven other showers for forty pitches and during the quiet winter periods we have not experienced this ratio to be inadequate. There are four different boilers feeding the showers which are all customer individually controlled for temperature. We are therefore most surprised that any customer could not obtain a powerful and hot shower. It is not a comment we normally receive as the quality of the fittings has ensured the high quality of showering we are expected to provide in a five star park. We have no other comments about this matter and would always recommend that you ask for assistance when you call into Reception. There are two shower blocks open during the winter and the central heating is timed to switch on at 4am to ensure the blocks are warm for the start of the day. One block also has under floor heating and the other electric panel heating to provide supplementary additional heating during colder periods. It is difficult to know why any area was not found to be warm as this would have needed to be checked at the time of the problem. We have not experienced any problems and not received any other comments. We routinely check thermostats, timers etc. to help ensure we provide facilities of a high quality. All our winter pitches are situated around the two shower blocks open during the winter period, hence why the third shower block is closed, which shortens the distance customers need to walk. Like many parks we provide a barrier system to gain access to the majority of the pitches. Many customers want such a system and many insurance companies also insist on such a system. The downside of a barrier system is that a card/key is required. We charge a refundable deposit of £4 for each card issued. If we allow cars to park in the caravan storage bays by reception rather than showing visitors where to park adjacent to the caravan they are visiting, we would have little or no areas to park caravans and motor homes while they are visiting Reception or waiting for the unit to be collected. We charge a nominal £1 visitor charge, per car, to cover the additional cost associated with controlling the number of people on the Park. We think we should not allow people just to walk onto the Park without knowing where or why they are on the Park. If there is any further assistance we can offer please contact us again. We would be pleased for you to visit the Park again and help us to provide you with the service we all expect.
Cumbria 23 Sep 2012
Views outstanding site well laid out and neatly maintained, staff had to be coaxed to say morning or hello but seemed efficient,expected a "bit"of traffic noise during the day but boy it was constant 24 hrs, could have done with a map of the site limited info on brochure website said there was a games room, there a week and still don`t know where, Ladies loos/ showers good I was told, but Gents quite poor I thought, web site said privacy cubicles couldn`t find those either only thing 5 star is the price, sorry but quite disappointed.
Shropshire 12 Jun 2012
First and last time we visit,not a good experience.
Asked for hardstanding when booking was allocated gras.
Not only was it a grass pitch it was a about 20 yards from the railway line. Every time a train went past caravan shook upto midnight and 4am onwards (so not much sleep)
Site certainly doesnt warrant 5 star more like 2-3.
The toilets are dated the showers were horrendous. No matter where you put your clothes etc (unless outside the cubicle)they got wet. On a couple of occassions the water pressure was sadly lacking and you had to stand with your back against the wall just to get a trickle of water over you. There was nothing to clean showers with after use so you were walking in someone else's mess.
Property manager response (12 Jun 2012)
Thank you for your report about your experiences while staying at Bron-Y-Wendon. The Park has been consistently graded by various organisations over the years. The Park has consistently achieved and maintained its grading award. Coincidentally one of the grading organisations stayed on the Park during your stay. We are awaiting the formal report but when the assessor made known to us his purpose for the stay on the morning of his departure his debrief was for one of praise for the quality of the Park. As you are aware we ask customers for a pitch preference when allocating pitches and it can be difficult for everybody to be allocated a hard standing during the very busy periods such as the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend. We would always advise customers with any specific problems to contact Reception during their stay. Often there will be alternative pitches or we can advise on the use of the showers which have doors between the showering and dressing areas to immediately resolve any concerns. We have dedicated cleaning staff from 8am - 8pm and on the mornings of busy weekends there are two or three staff looking after the cleaning of the Park. Unfortunately, we have not had any problems reported to us about the flow rates of water. Each of the three shower buildings have multiple pumps on independent systems to ensure the consistency of flow rates. We have checked the flow rates and can not replicate the problems you mentioned, but again, contacting Reception at the time may allow us to see the problems and quickly rectify anything found. Several members of staff use the facilities and were on duty during your stay and they did not have any problems. We would very much like to contact you directly in order to more fully understand the details of your experience. If you would like to ring us on 01492 – 512903 and ask to speak to Simon.
Lancashire 14 Apr 2012
I phone in April 2012 to book for 4 nights in May on a hard standing pitch I was told there were hard standing available but if somebody came and wanted to book for more than the 4 nights we were told they could relocate us to a grass pitch and give our pre booked hard standing pitch to the longer stay,needless to say we did'nt book and won't
be in the future
Property manager response (17 Apr 2012)
As part of our customer service we will always do our best to accommodate requests for specific pitch preferences. However, along with many other high graded Parks, we are not able to guarantee pitch preferences. The AA Campsite of the Year for 2012 is an example of another Park with similar conditions where the right is reserved to allocate a pitch at discretion as part of managing the Park. We are always reviewing our practices and looking at new ways to improve what we can offer our customers and as such we will discuss the issue you have raised of pitch preferences with the Agencies who grade us. We do hope you will wish to come and stay at our Park so you can see for yourself the quality and service we offer our customers. If you get in contact with us we would be happy to send you a voucher towards the cost of a stay with us.
Cheshire 24 Apr 2011
We visited this site for Easter 2009 & 2010 this year we didn,t because of illness just of the A55 jcn 23 after the turn for Abergele heading towards Conway at llanddulas. 130 Pitches some grass standing some gravel base pitches all have sea views. Pitch costs are good. ON arrival, the frendly staff will show you to sea view pitch if the grass is very wet as it was when we went 2010 they will put your van on your pitch for you.The central receptionand toilets are spotless modern Pitches are set out in clusters so all have sea views lovely coast views from the site ideal base for touring from.
Worcestershire 02 Jan 2011
Important lessons learnt on this trip:
1. Always read reviews of site beforehand
2. Check googlemaps satellite view for location
3. Don't always follow the site wardens advice
This site looked to be the perfect venue for a romantic New Years Eve break for a couple of relatively newbies to caravanning. The website looks great, it's award winning (5 star, Welsh Touring Park) close to a beach - we had high expectations.
Lesson no. 1 - we didn't read reviews.
Leads to lesson no. 2 - this site is literally next to the A55 with a rail line at the foot of the site. The beach is a rocky one which is ugly and difficult to walk on - although there are plenty of gorgeous sandy beaches within a short drive. The noise from the road was unbelievable, especially the lorries when the ferries from Ireland arrive at Holyhead. However, after a few cheeky vimtos we managed to get to sleep ok. However, for a 5 star site we were greatly disappointed by the facilities (admittedly, being low season only one block was open but it was quite poor - 3 showers, one cubicle with sink - the showers were push button with no temperature gauge and no curtains, so all your belongings had to be stowed outside the cubicle otherwise they were soaked. Very poorly heated, breeze block interior with no obvious light switches - if it's dark but the auto lights haven't come on yet, you can't see a thing!). Wardens were friendly enough but failed to point out the necessaries of where everything was located on site, or that the other shower block was locked for the Winter. Some pitches are outside of the security barrier which would be a concern. Layout of the pitches was fab - nicely spaced but loads are sloping...which brings me onto lesson no.3. When a warden directs you to your pitch and instructs you to reverse your van uphill, use your common sense (and skill, if you've got it) and don't follow their instructions. One fried clutch later, and it occurred to us to not just go with what we're told but also use common sense!!
I wouldn't recommend this site and wouldn't use it again, unfortunately. Much better value and experiences found elsewhere.
Cheshire 31 Jul 2008
We stayed at the site over the October half-term with a tourer. The site is well laid out (no long rows of caravans sidde by side) with a lot of the pitches being hard-standing, and well-maintained. Some of it is sloping but it reasonably gentle. The central reception and toilets were modern and clean. I agree with the professional reviews that it is not really a site for young families as it has no specific facilities. However, as it is so close to the coast and places of interest, this is not necessarily a draw-back. The so-called 'beach' (200 yards down the road) is O.K. for walking on with the dog, but you wouldn't spend the day there. It has been and indeed may still be part of an industrial site (quaries). There is a cycle route that runs alongside the beach. The main draw back to the site is that it is squeezed between a railway and the A55 dual carriageway. The trains are not too much of a problem, and neither was ordinary traffic noise as the road runs above the site. However, the rumble of lorries from the local quaries, starting very early in the morning was a pain in the @**~. The only other comment I would make is that the site entrance has a security barrier, but inexplicably, not all the pitches are behind it so some could be vulnerable to theft, particularly as the entrance is so close to the on/off ramp of the A55.
Bron-Y-Wendon Touring Caravan Park, Conwy, Wales.