Top Places To Visit in Conwy in North Wales
Conwy or Conway as it also known is a beautiful walled town located directly on the coast in North Wales. It is situated opposite the town of Deganwy, with the River Conway dividing the two. With a lovely harbour area the castle and protected by the castle walls, there is a lot going on for such a small town and it is definitely worth a visit.
Top Things To Do In Conwy
Here is a list of the top things to do whilst in Conwy.
Even if you don’t visit the castle you can’t help but notice its huge presence in the town. It was built by Edward I, when he conquered Wales, in just four years between 1283 and 1287, under the direction of master architect Master James of St George- This fortification was built in conjunction with the construction of the still unbroken 1,400-yard (1.3km) ring of town walls around Conwy. Apparently the bill for all the work was around £15,000, which was a huge in those days.
To get the full experience when you visit the castle you need to climb the walls for yourself and walk around the battlements to see the magnificent view across towards Snowdonia and to the town and the harbour below.
One of the most magnificent medieval fortresses in Europe and World Heritage site this really is a must see.
Address: Rose Hill St, Conwy LL32 8AY, UK
Open: All year round
Visit the Conwy Castle website here
Visit The Smallest House in Britain
The smallest house in Britain is located directly on the quayside and you can pay a small fee to visit it. Known as Quay House or as “Y Tŷ Lleiaf ym Mhrydain Fawr” in Welsh, it was built in the 16th century. It ws inhabited until 1900 by a 6foot 3 inch fisherman called Robert Jones , who was unable to stand up in fully in wihilst inside. Eventually the council declared the house unfit for human habitation and he was forced to move out, but apparently the house still remains in his family.
Stroll Round the Narrow Streets in the Walled Town
Enjoy a pleasant stroll around the narrow streets of the walled town. Filled with charm there are plenty of shops, cafés, restaurants and pubs to visit. Maybe purchase some souvenirs or
Enjoy An Ice Cream
Parisella’s Ice Cream Parlour is well known for the quality of its delicious home made ice cream. You can either buy a cone or tub to take away or sit inside and truly indulge. As well as ice cream they also do magnificent sundaes and also offer a range of savoury options too. They also have a kiosk right on the harbour too.
There are regular boat trips you can take in Summer from a number of boat tour operators like Conwy Boat Tours and all the information is available on the quay. You go out quite a way and get to see Conwy Castle, the harbour and the walled town from a totally different perspective. As the boat is covered you can take the boat trip whatever the weather. Onboard you get some commentary pointing out local landmarks and you event get great views of the Llandudno Orme and Puffin Island. You can buy drinks and snacks on board.
A short drive away from Conwy you come to Bodnant Garden near Tal-y-Cafn. A beautiful and historic National Trust property it offers stunning views of the Conwy Valley and far beyond towards the Carneddau mountains. It’s a great place for a family day out and there’s lots to see and do whilst you’re there. It was built in 1874 and after being in the same family for five generations it was donated to the National Trust in 1949.
Visit the Bodnant Gardens website here
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