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Conwy

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Conwy is a small walled town on the coast in North Wales. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and a perfect base for exploring everything North Wales has to offer. The gateway to Snowdonia and easy access to the Island of Anglesey, the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno and the timeless Llyn Peninsula.

Aberconwy House in Conwy town centre

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Half way along the A55 Chester - Holyhead road.

1 Parking south of the castle.

By train[edit]

Conwy is readily accessible by train with direct services to Llandudno Junction from throughout the UK and London Euston (about 3 hours). From Llandudno Junction to Conwy it is a 5 minute taxi ride. There is smaller rail station in the centre of Conwy which is on the main Holyhead line with a taxi rank outside the station.

By bus[edit]

Arriva buses available from Bangor - Llandudno (5/X5) and Betws y Coed - Llandudno (19). Nation Express coaches serve Bangor and Llandudno from other parts of the U.K.

Get around[edit]

The town is small and easy to walk about.

If you are venturing out of the town centre area, you may want to catch a bus. There are various day and rover tickets available that enables you to hop on and off buses and trains for the area. Booklets can be found at the tourist info centre (right near the train station).

See[edit]

Conwy castle with the town of Conwy in the background
  • 1 Conwy castle. M-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 11AM-4PM, extended hours in Spring/Summer/Autumn.. Built by Edward I in 1289, it is smaller than Beaumaris or Caernarfon castles, but it has a lot of charm. It sits at the mouth of a tidal inlet, and the views of the sea on one side and gently rolling green hills on the other are lovely. Offers joint ticket with Plas Mawr. Tours are 1 hour long and cost £1. £6.75/adult £20.25/family £5.10/concession. Conwy Castle on Wikipedia
Kitchen in Plas Mawr
  • 2 Plas Mawr (The Great Hall), Hight Street, LL32 8DE, +44 1492 580167. Mon - Sun: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. One of the finest surviving town houses of the Elizabethan era to be found in Britain, partially restored and otherwise maintained in its original condition. Fascinating look at what a wealthy merchant's life was like at that time. There is beautiful original and restored plaster work and paint. Head up to the small tower for a 360 degree look at the town and castle. Offers joint ticket with Conwy Castle. £5.75/adult £4.35/concession £17.25/family. Plas Mawr on Wikipedia
  • 3 Aberconwy House, Castle Street, LL32 8AY, +44 1492 592246, e-mail: . Believed to be the oldest town house in Wales dating from the 14th-century. Restored to reflect daily life of yesteryear. Get a joint visit ticket with the Conwy Suspension bridge (both run by the National Trust).
  • 4 St. Mary's Church, Rose Hill Street. A beautiful church with a grassy, pleasant cemetery with some interesting old headstones. Church of St Mary & All Saints, Conwy on Wikipedia
  • Sightseeing boat. takes you on a 30 minute ride up and down the Conwy river. Normally runs on school holidays and most weekends through spring and summer.
  • Working riverfront. you can even buy Conwy mussels that have been brought in by the fisherman and here is the 'smallest house' in the UK. Perfect place to eat fish & chips with wonderful views. If you continue walking along the Marina Walk for 15 minutes you will come to Conwy Marina with wonderful views from the marina pub overlooking the boats and yachts. Conwy Golf Club (voted Welsh Club 2007) is also on the marina as is a beach.
  • 5 The Smallest House in Great Britain (Quay House), +44 7925 049 786. 10AM-4PM Spring-Autumn. Recognised by the Guiness Book of Records it is along the quay. The house is 72in wide by 122in high. £1/adult, 50p/child. Smallest House in Great Britain on Wikipedia Smallest House in Great Britain (Q211480) on Wikidata
  • 6 Bodnant Garden (4 miles south of Conwy). 20 Feb - 31 Oct 10AM-5PM, 1-21 Nov 10AM-4PM.. is probably the best in Wales, with wonderful flowers and plants, including the beautiful Laburnum Arch of golden blooms that bloom in late May, as well as the Pin Mill. Adults £7.50, children £3.95. Bodnant Garden on Wikipedia Bodnant Garden (Q4936690) on Wikidata

Do[edit]

Conwy town walls and castle
  • Town Walls. The original town walls are still standing and can be walked along. Climb into one of the 22 towers and stroll along the outline of the original town of Conwy. There are some wonderful pictures to be taken here and it's free to walk the walls. free.
  • Conwy Brewery tour, Unit 2, Ty Mawr Enterprise Park, Tan y Graig Road, Llysfaen, LL298UE, +44 1492 514305, e-mail: . Must prebook tours. They offer standard tour/tastings as well as brew your own beer packages. £10-350.
  • 1 Surf Snowdonia, Dolgarrog, +44 1492 353123. artificial wave pool Surf Snowdonia on Wikipedia Surf Snowdonia (Q20878249) on Wikidata

Buy[edit]

There are a number of independent specialty shops, including one that has a goth clothing department in its basement. There are a few art shops and a high-end chocolate shop. Just opened is a surf-style clothing store on the high street. Also on the high street is an almost-always-busy butcher's shop that sells baps and fresh-made sausages, Welsh Oggies and Welsh Rarebit. Bangor Road has a 'Fair-Trade shop' that sells foodstuffs and gifts (just before the gate exiting the town's main road, past Lancaster Square).

Eat[edit]

The town has several great fish and chip shops with places to eat and an Indian restaurant that serves good food.

The bakery on the main street has wonderful scones in the morning, if you're lucky and also does lovely giant cream cakes, that are just too nice!

The town is not allowed to have any fast food franchises but does have a little kebab shop.

  • 1 The Galleon, 2A High Street (near the waterfront). fish and chips
  • 2 The Fisherman, 3 Castle Street (near the waterfront), +44 1492 593792. fish and chips
  • 3 The Archway, 12-14 Bangor Road (near Lancaster Square), +44 1492 592458. fish and chips
  • 4 Alfredos Italian Restaurant, 9-10 Lancaster Square, +44 1492 592381. A family run restaurant that serves good food at a reasonable price in a lovely ambience
  • 5 Amelie's Bistro, 10 High Street, +44 1492 583142. serves excellent Welsh fare locally produced
  • 6 Bistro Bach, Chapel Street, +44 1492 596326. serves excellent Welsh fare locally produced
  • 7 The Press Room, 3 Rose Hill Street, +44 1492 592242. serves good food and is found next to the castle and has outdoor seating.
  • 8 George & Dragon, Castle Street, +44 1492 592305. standard pub food
  • 9 Pen Y Bryn Tea Rooms, Lancaster Square (upper end of the high street), +44 1492 596445. nice tea room that serves excellent Welsh Rarebit and home made cakes and also Sunday lunch.

Drink[edit]

There are a few small pubs. Some feature pub trivia in the evenings.

On the other side of Bodlondeb (a short walk around the riverside, or even shorter drive), there is Conwy Marina where you can find an upmarket pub with vast outdoor seating overlooking the marina.

The local Conwy Brewery makes several good beers.

  • 1 Liverpool Arms, Lower Gate Street (On the riverfront), +44 1492 596464. has outdoor seating overlooking the riverfront
  • 2 Tower Coffee House, Castle Square (Across from the castle), +44 7900 565843. built into one of the wall turrets and gives great river views.

Sleep[edit]

There are a number of small B&Bs, and some luxury B&Bs and hotels, available. If you can, reserve a room ahead of time at a Visitor Centre (most Visitor Centres can reserve rooms for you throughout the UK). Alternatively there are many self-catering cottages in and around Conwy.

Hotels[edit]

B&B Guesthouses[edit]

Self catering cottages[edit]

Camping[edit]

  • 11 Berthlwyde Holiday Park Conwy, Llechwedd, +44 1492 592270, e-mail: . Berthlwyde Holiday Park is set in the rolling countryside of the Conwy Valley. The park has its own indoor pool, sauna and sun terrace.
  • 12 Conwy Touring Park, Conway Rd, +44 1492 592856. Check-out: 11am. Large, modern and well-organized camp site 5 minutes' drive up the B5106, or an invigorating walk over the Bryn Seiri hill from the south side of Conwy. Very family-friendly, including an indoor playground next to the site pub's family room. Delays likely at buggy computerized road barrier, particularly around checkout time.
  • The Little Paddock Holiday Park, Gwellyn Avenue, Kinmel Bay, Conwy, LL18 5HR, +44 1745 351607, e-mail: . Holiday park with camping and seasonal touring options as well as holiday homes for sale.

Hostels[edit]

  • 13 YHA Conwy, Larkhill, Sychnant Pass Rd, LL32 8AJ, +44 845 371 9732, e-mail: . Check-in: 15.00-22.30, check-out: 08.00-10.30. Ensuite private rooms and dorm rooms. Reception open from 0800-1030 and 1500-2230.

Stay safe[edit]

Conwy is a safe and tourist-friendly beautiful little town.

Go next[edit]

Bodnant Garden Pin Mill (summer house)
  • Snowdonia is very close, with many small villages to explore and mountains to climb, as well as the spectacular Snowdon Mountain Railway.
  • Caernarfon the Welsh town and castle with royal connections
  • Llandudno Victorian-era seaside resort situated on the picturesque north coast of Wales.



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