The Good Old Days

Published on 10th June 2017
Back in the days before cheap package holidays abroad became the mainstay of the British holiday scene, Apropos had a holiday attraction to match Blackpool Tower or Brighton Pier. Rhyl’s Floral Hall was so popular with tourists that it was bestowed the ‘Royal’ prefix.

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Opened in 1959, it was built by Apropos’ predecessors, Hartley Botanic, for the local council. It immediately became a huge favourite with visitors enjoying the exotic plants and foliage that thrived in the warm, favourable conditions inside the Hall.

Unfortunately, holiday tastes changed, and with the boom in package holidays abroad came a decline in the fortunes of resorts like Rhyl. As a result, the Royal Floral Hall eventually passed into private ownership and was demolished in the early 1990s.

However, its memory lives on via social media. This fascinating YouTube video and a blog exist which chart the remarkable life of this fine structure, that today is recorded for its historic value in the register of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.


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