With a dramatic castle and pleasant quay, set against a surprising rugged scenery of Snowdonia, the medieval walled town of Conwy, and it’s lovely encompassing natural countryside is an ideal stop on a north Wales tour. Whatever you enjoy, whether its hiking the mountains, exploring the shores, going touring, or whether you only need to unwind and appreciate excellent food and wine, you will find that Conwy County has a little bit for all.
Conwy is a small fishing town nestled on the river Conwy in north Wales. It has the back drop of the Snowdonia mountain range and the estuary mouth which leads into the Celtic sea. Its quite a unique place with incredible vistas of mountains rising straight from the sea. Neighbouring Llandudno and Old Colwyn and facing eastern Anglesey seaboard its positioned, perfectly for exploring north Wales by sail.
Back ground of modern day Conwy
A fishing town and boat building town in its past, its shallow estuary waters prove a difficult navigation even for the more hardened skipper. Its known mosty to myself for its modern day marina and yachting. Many a day have been spent sailing to and from this non tidal harbour. Conwy is perfectly positioned as a marina to head in every compass direction bar south.
Sails around Anglesey, Isle of man, Ireland, Scotland and many more can al be started from here. With the far Carneddau mountains of Snowdonia and the Conwy castle- it is a dramatic port to sail into. I have worked on most of the local wind farms from this place also, as most of the wind farms are based on shallow sand bars in the eastern Celtic sea wind farms where ideally placed in these waters that where sub 20m deep.
Windfarms such as Gwynt Y More, Burbo Bank and north Hoyle and now Rhinannon all will be within a stones throw of Conwy so there are many local work and industry related survey boats working routinely from this area now.
Llywelyn the Great or Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (1173-1240) established a nunnery at Conwy, and he was later covered there.
However, the current castle town of Conwy was established by the Edward I. In 1283 he went to Conwy and decided to construct a castle and another town there.
Edward moved the priests to Maenan to clear a path for his new town however he kept the Abbey Church.
A designer called James of St George was utilized to fabricate Conwy château and the town dividers. It took four years to assemble Conwy Castle, from 1283 to 1287 and it took 15,000 men to construct it. Conwy Castle was ensured by eight towers.
Conwy Castle was blockaded by the Welsh in 1295. At the point when Owain Glyndwr drove a resistance in 1403, the renegades caught Conwy Castle by sheer force.
In the interim dividers were raised around the new town. They were 30 feet high and a few feet thick. 21 towers fortified the dividers.
Castles, Quay and Mountains
Move to the highest point of one Conwy castle’seight towers to get a shocking perspective of Conwy, and after that investigate the inward and external wards with their numerous rooms. Or on the other hand for nothing, examine the manor dividers with their 21 towers that encase Conwy town. Over the estuary is Bodysgallen Hall, which consolidates a medieval pinnacle that was conceivably worked as a watchtower for Conwy Castle.
Conwy Quayand Marina is an awesome place to sit and watch the world pass by, regardless of whether it’s with fish sticks and french fries from the wrapper, or a drink outside the Liverpool Arms. Investigate the muscle exhibition hall, littlest house, RNLI boat shelter, or basically take in the staggering perspectives.
Roll over the Sychnant Pass, stop up and take a meander around an extraordinary system of ways and pleasant lakes. Visit the summit with its unusual perspectives and Iron Age hillfort, or pay different mind to an extensive variety of untamed life, for example, ravens and choughs.
Beaches and coast
Conwy isn’t the most blessed place when it comes to its beaches and coast, however we are talking about north Wales here, you can’t ever really be more than 5 miles away form a deserted sandy shoreline. Further around the corner you have many beaches at both Llandudno and back down the A55 just 7 miles (or there abouts) you have Penmaenmawr also. Of course you also have another 30+ to choose from within a 25mile drive in the car back on Anglesey also. The coast here is a shallow estuarine environment thats quite tidal., which means mudflats and steep rocky shores. Still don’t let that put you off, its promenades are stunning and its nice almost to have time away from the beaches too every now and again.
Heaps of our guests these days want new encounters, or to seek a most loved movement or side interest.
They’ll take after walkingand legacy trails, perhaps with a guide or beat their own particular ways to some of our shrouded jewels.
As far as dynamic activities in Llandudno, the easygoing walker will extravagant going out for a stroll on the renowned Llandudno Pier, and for the more decided walker, endeavouring to vanquish the Great Ormewill be a compensating accomplishment.
Food and Amenities
There’s a wide assortment of alternatives and a significant number of the bars in Conwy’s middle serve decent food from both their bar menus and more restaurant style suppers. Conwy plays host to the Gwledd Conwy Feast and the Conwy Honey Fair among a shifted program of yearly occasions. You can view the list of restaurants over here.
The summer months
Conwy like its brother town Llandudno is busy in summer months, maybe no quite as busy but still for its size it draws quite a following. The castle is the main spectacle and also the old fishermen quay, the walled city inside of the castle and the smallest house in Wales. There are often fish markets on the quay, water sports going on in the sailing side of things. They have a good annual pirate weekend and open beach front festival that is fantastic, its called the Conwy feast or Gwledd Conwy
Things to do when you stay here
Paying a visit to the Conwy Castleand the walls of it.
The red painted smallest house in Britain
The Conwy Water Gardensthat are made in Snowdonia National Park of Conwy Valley.
VisitingSuspension Bridge of Conwywhich is owned by the National Trust.
Places to Stay
Best Hotels – on Trip advisor
Luxury Hotels on The Hotel Guru
You can go for Best Cottages over here.
What we love to do there from a pure Locals perspective
for me visits to Conwy reeve around showing some of our visitors various top sites in the town, these include, The castle , the Marina and the Quay along with a castle wall walk. I love to go and see some of the old traditional wooden boat restoration projects that are going on on the Quay at present, a flash back from the towns rich cultural past. I also love to go to the Mulbery arms restaurant and Marina bar for some coffee and wifi time- they have wonderful views there across the estuary, plus I love to look at all the new yachts there. The high street there also has improved dramatically and there are some wonderful pop ups and independent stores there which we love. Food for us is not such a cultural one, but they have an amazing Chinese in the town – which on a winters eve is a great treat!
Beach style Packing list
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