A Weekend in Conwy

If you are in or near North Wales, we highly recommend a weekend in Conwy.  Across from Llandudno and easily accessible by train or car, much of the town is still contained within the town walls and is overseen by the 13th century Conwy Castle of King Edward I.  Granted, Trevor has a vested interest in Conwy as his maternal grandmother was born in the town.

Conwy Castle from the waterfront
Conwy Castle from the waterfront

While many people visit Conwy as a day trip from Llandudno or Betws-y-Coed, it is even better to do it the other way around.  Conwy has a great waterfront on the estuary, the obligatory British ice cream stands (popular no matter the weather) and the smallest house in Britain.

Conwy waterfront and the small house in Britain
Conwy waterfront and the small house in Britain (the small red house)

It is possible to check out the remains of the castle, which is easily visible from anywhere in town, and also walk around much of the original town walls.  Other historic sites include the 19th century suspension bridge and the 14th century merchant house Aberconwy.

It will never cease to amaze us that no matter how cold or drizzly it is (we were there last in August, and it was maybe 12C and overcast), British tourists will order ice cream and pretend they’re on a beach vacation.  We’re not sure if that makes them hardy or delusional.

Conwy waterfront
Conwy waterfront

For a bit more activity, you can also hike up Conwy Mountain behind the town.  Covered in purple heather in the summer, you get great views back over the town and across the estuary as you make friends with the local sheep.

Conwy town from Conwy Mountain
Conwy town from Conwy Mountain

 

Estuary from Conwy Mountain
Estuary from Conwy Mountain

 

Heather and sheep on Conwy Mountain
Blooming heather and sheep on Conwy Mountain

While Conwy may not be as well known as other small-town British tourist destinations such as the Cotswolds, Peak District or Lake District, it is well worth checking out.  It’s also a great jumping off point for hiking Snowdon or continuing on to Anglesey and taking the ferry to Dublin out of Holyhead.

Additional pictures are available in our Wales gallery (Click Here).

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