Located in the North of Wales, closer to Liverpool and Manchester than it is to Cardiff, this UNESCO World Heritage Site and walled city hugs the coast, making it a very charming destination. From beautiful scenery and historic monuments, Conwy offers plenty to do for the interested visitor.
Best times to go
If you like a sun and a little bit of warmth (don’t expect Miami heat in Wales!), then the best time to visit is April to June, where the average temperatures range from 12 Celsius to 17 Celsius. If you prefer a cooler setting, go in September or October, when prices will be lower after the end of the summer season.
Conwy has a well-functioning public transport and good roads, and a car is probably the best choice for you if you can afford it. The drive from London to Conwy is between 4 ½ and 5 ½ hours, depending on the traffic.
Places to See:
Quay House – The smallest house in Britain, measuring only 10 x 6 ft., is a delightful little number painted a bright red and is officially in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Conwy Castle – Built by Edward I, during his conquest of Wales, more than 700 years ago, the stone castle is shaped like a rectangle and contains eight towers and two outposts. Initially used to defend the River Conwy, the castle was restored in the second half of the 19th century.
Bodnant Gardens – This garden is over 80 acres and contains many beautiful pieces, including a waterfall, gorge garden, the spectacular Laburnum Arch, a riverside garden, a boat house and skating pond, a lily terrace, and a winter garden. It is classified as a National Trust property.
Aberconwy House – This is the only remaining medieval merchant’s house in Conwy, and it is a wonder to see, especially its slightly uneven floors and strange walls.
Conwy Nature Reserve – A peaceful haven for nature lovers, this nature reserve contains butterflies, ducklings, dragonflies, lapwings, warblers, shelducks, and godwits. It’s a great place for families, due to its friendly atmosphere and family-friendly events.
Conwy Mountain – The best views in the city are found at the top of Conwy Mountain, a towering summit overlooking the Conwy Quay. It was formed hundreds of millions of years ago, when an ancient volcano erupted and left deposits which eventually formed into a mountain.
What to Eat:
Glamorgan Sausage – made of leek, mustard, and Caerphilly cheese, and rolled in breadcrumbs. A delicious vegetarian piece.
Rarebit – Toast a piece of bread, put some mustard on it, add Welsh cheese, a bit of ale, bacon, and ham, and you’ve got a delicious, filling sandwich.
Welsh Cawl – A heavy, but fantastic lamb stew, it’s a fragrant mixture of onion, carrots, leeks, potatoes, bay leaves, parsley, rosemary, basil, cabbage, and salt and papper.
Welsh Cake – A sweet and savory cake baked on a griddle and flavoured with dried fruits and mixed spice. Typically served with sugar.
Bara Brith – A spiced fruit bread made with tea, sugar, egg, orange zest, orange juice, honey, dried fruits, and cold tea, it’s a brilliant and rich addition to any meal.