Located only 5 miles from Conwy is one of Wales's most popular resorts, the town of Llandudno. The most scenic way to get there is to take the road that goes around the bay - and make sure you look back for stunning view of Conwy Castle.
Llandudno has family friendly attractions and its two beaches make it a popular summer escape.
We used it as a base to explore some of the surrounding area, in particular Snowdonia National Park. Llandudno has some fabulous accommodation options and good restaurants, making it the perfect base for us.
The main attraction is the Great Orme, which is a huge limestone headland, offering spectacular views over the region. You can catch the gorgeous Great Orme Tramway to the top. There is also a beautiful pier and a beachside promenade to stroll on.
Conwy RSPB Reserve
The RSPB Reserve at Conwy is a haven for Wildlife. It is situated on the banks of the Conwy Estuary and has several bird hides overlooking the Wetland areas. While I was there I saw a flock of about 200 Curlew flying around, Oystercatchers, Bar-tailed Godwit and many others. This is an excellent place to go for a walk even if you're not really into birding. The paths and boardwalks take you on a circular route around the reserve. I particularly enjoyed the views of the castle whilst walking back up the estuary path towards the entrance.
There is an entrance fee of £2.50 for non-members of the RSPB. There is a well equipped shop by the reception and a coffee shop and toilets in the adjacent building.
Conwy's Harbour used to be a busy port, which shipped slate brought by rail from Blaenau Ffestiniog around the world.
Fishing was a major contributor to Conwy's economy and mussels were picked at the Conwy River for centuries.
Nowadays a few fishing boats can be seen at the quay, but modern yachts are more numerous than ever.
A variety of scenic and educational boat cruises along the Conwy river are available from the harbour.
Smallest House in the UK
Located by the quayside in Conwy is an unusual attraction…the Smallest House in Britain (or so it claims)! This tiny red house is only 3.05m high by 1.8m wide, and is apparently listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
These days it is a tourist attraction, and at a cost of 75 pence you can pop inside for a very brief look around…well, brief as there isn't much to see as it is so small!! Rumour has it that the last resident was a very tall fisherman that was unable to stand up straight in his own home!
The old walls that surround the town are accessible to walk round. 22 towers link the walls and they stretch for 3/4 of a mile. There are a few entrances to the walls and we accessed them near the quay. The trouble was I dont like heights and I here I am trying to be as quick as possible to find the next exit so I could get off them!