Conwy Travel Guide

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Conwy Highlights

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     Castle, Sea, Bridge, Mountain, National Park, Harbour and Shops 

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     Can get very busy in the summer 

  • In a nutshell
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     A true taste of wales 

Conwy Things to Do

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  • Conwy Estuary

    The estuary is the final stage of the short River Conwy, which rises in the moors of North Wales, some 25 miles further inland. At Conwy the estuary is crossed by three magnificent bridges, strewn with pearls of white sailing boats, and overseen by the fatherly castle.The castle once perched on a rock overhanging the estuary in what must have made...

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  • Conwy Castle

    Conwy castle was built in only four years from 1283 to 1287 by the English King Edward I as one of the key fortresses in his 'iron ring' of castles to contain the Welsh. The rectangular castle springs from the rock on which it stands giving it its strength, high walls and the eight large round towers also give the castle an imposing presence.Conwy...

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  • St.Michael's Church

    Situated beneath the town walls this pretty little Roman Catholic church has an impressive grave yard with a giant cross and the medieval walls of the town depicting the stations of the cross.

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  • Lancaster Square

    The main square in the town of Conwy,Lancaster Square is host to several events and festivals throughout the year,including the 700 year old'Conwy Honey Fair',which was founded by King Edward I in the 13th century and is held on September 13th.A Grade II listed statue of 'ap Gruffydd'd Granfather-Llywelyn ap lorweth'(Llywelyn I the Great') who...

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  • Saint Mary and All Saints Church

    The church was founded in the 12th century as the Abbey Church of the'Cistercian Abbey of Aberconwy'.This was the buriel place of many of the Princes of Gwynedd,including 'Gruffydd ap Cyan,Llewelyn ap Maelgwyn Liywelyn the Great and his sons Dafydd and Gruffydd.'After King Edward I conquest of Wales in 1283 he chose to build Conwy Castle and its...

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  • Visitors Centre

    Conwy visitors centre is just a few minutes walk from the castle and has a wide range of information,maps and memorabilia about the town of Conwy and surrounding towns and areas.There is also a clothes shop inside the centre selling traditional Welsh clothing,rugby shirts etc.Staff are friendly and very helpful.Open every day(except Christmas Day)...

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Conwy Restaurants

  • Mmmm smells good...

    I haven't in fact eaten here but the lovely aroma's coming from this Indian Restaurant deserve a mention. It looks lovely from the outside & I will definitely be paying this place a visit on my next visit to Conwy so watch this space.

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  • Great Fish & Chips

    great fish and chips available from here to eat in the Restaurant or to take away and eat like we did, on the Quay side.

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  • Fabulous fish & Chips

    This is a great Fish and Chip Shop, they are a little more expensive than others in Conwy but well worth the money, by far the best Fish and Chips I have had in a long time. We took ours away and sat by the sea front to eat them but there is some indoor seating available if the weather is inclement. The batter on the Fish is delicious.

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  • The Mulberry on Conwy Marina

    If you continue walking from the quayside along the Marina Walk after 15 minutes you will come to Conwy Marina where The Mulberry pub is. The view is outstanding overlooking the boats and yachts on the marina. Food and service always excellent. Open for breakfast from Easter 09 from 9am I believe. We've had lunch and dinner here and it is...

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  • Great Marina View

    The Mulberry on Conwy Marina with great views. Open from 9am for breakfast from Easter 09. Great menu from homemade soup to ribeye steak and fish dishes. Sunday carvery 12-4 is very popular with 3 choices of roast meats and fresh vegetables. Homeade steak pie and fish and chips always good.

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  • scones and tea

    The restaurant is found just after leaving the castle . There is another with tables outside next door, but because it was a dull day we opted for this one.We ordered fruit scones with jam and whipped cream to have with our pot of tea. It was good.The tea room was nothing special but the service was fast. Afterwards we browsed the attached gift...

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Conwy Nightlife

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  • Tipple by the water

    Situated right on the waterfront this charming pub is perfect for sitting outside and enjoying the lovely views of the harbour and surrounding area.Not a large pub but and not a lot of outdoor seating but most people just take their drinks over to the harbour and sit down there.Efficient staff as this place can get very busy during the summer...

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  • Relax and recharge

    Situated in the heart of the town this delightful pub with its newly refurbished look will help you unwind and relax after all that walking.decor is bright and clean with numerous mirrors and pictures dotted around.Popular with locals and visitors selling local and imported ales and a variety food for lunch or snacks.The inside is spacious with two...

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  • A nice friendly pub

    This is a nice friendly pub with a games room, a large tap room lounge and a Beer garden at the rear. The last time I went in was on a Tuesday (late afternoon) and it was quiet with only us in, but I have been in a couple of years ago on a Saturday night and it was packed. There was a very friendly atmosphere that made us feel welcome and we had a...

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Conwy Transportation

  • To Conwy from Caernarfon

    From the tourist office in Caernarfon I got the timetable for the local buses leaving Caernarfon, which was good to have as I was making daytrips to other places in northern Wales. Buses in Caernarfon all leave from Penllyn in the town centre. To Conwy:Bus number 5 that runs between Caernarfon and Lludadno passes both Bangor and Conwy. I went to...

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  • Llandudno

    Conwy is a short bus ride from Llandudno. You can take the 5, 9 and their X varieties from Llandudno and be there in about 20 minutes. A return costs about 3-4 pounds. You can also get the train, although you'll probably have to change at Llandudno Junction. It will still probably be quicker, due to the fact that the bus meanders through the...

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  • Open top bus tour

    As long as the weather is fine, there is a lovely little open top bus tour, run by the Citysightseeing Company, which will take you from Conwy to Llandudno past oodles of tourist attractions such as the Great Orme tramway in Llandudno and Llandudno Museum. It will also give you spectacular views of Conwy Castle and the surrounding Countryside. The...

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Conwy Shopping

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  • A memory of your visit

    The shop has a varied selection of craft's and gifts manufactured in North Wales.Men's and Women's clothing,Chocolate's,Souveniers,gifts etc.A great place to get that momento of your visit to Conwy,a fridge magnet? or mabye a book mark or a nice fleece jacket with the Welsh Dragon on it.Whatever you need you will find it here.Prices are pretty...

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  • Into Battle

    Opposite Conwy Castle is the Knight Shop one of Europe's largest retailers and wholesalers of replica militaria and associated giftware.Boasting a 1000sq ft shop and a 12,000sq ft showroom.Selling everything from Costumes,Armour,weapons,Helmets,coats of arma and flags plus much more,all in impressive display cabinets and stands,a must for the...

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  • bugalugs's Shopping Tip

    If you visit Aberconwy House which is owned by the National Trust, there is also a shop. My husband was browsing through the books and decided to buy one on potatoes!!!! What on earth for I asked, he said there was so many recipes using potatoes! Well he bought the book and when we got outside I said but you dont cook (and me, well I do but its not...

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Conwy Local Customs

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    Love Spoons

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    Many customs have survived in Wales one being the giving of Love spoons by the men of Wales. This custom dates back to the 17th century. Traditionally the spoons were carved by the common man who maybe lacking in a formal education were skilled in many arts and crafts, many hours would be spent decoratively carving the handle of the wooden spoon so that he could present it to a young girl in the village as a token of love and affection. The custom continues today and Love spoons are used to commemorate many occasions not just love. You can buy them from many art and craft shops all over Wales and they are now given to celebrate births, christenings, birthdays, engagements, marriage and anniversaries. They make a great gifts or souvenirs

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Conwy Warnings and Dangers

  • Parking on Quayside

    The quayside area is a restricted parking zone, no yellow lines, just signs either end of the quayside entry and not very clear - avoid at all costs as parking attendants will swoop faster than the seagulls!

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  • parking

    The carpark at the castle costs £1 for one hour; £1.50 for two hours , £2 for 3 hours.But since Conwy is so small it would be wiser to park your car behind the castle. There are steps and a ramp leading down, then turn right into the painted tunnel Another car park is there near a Walls icecream shop. Here for £2 you can park for 8 hours , or £1.50...

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  • Anti-slip soled shoes!

    When it's rainy or wet, I recommend to use anti-slip soled shoes if you walk along the "outside walls and towers". And remember: do not climb on the stonework!

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Conwy What to Pack

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    by hayward68 Written Jan 27, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring a waterproof coat so the drizzle doesn't soak you. The sun will probably come out but you don't want it to have to dry you off.

    Photo Equipment: A big zoom lens because some lambs don't let you get too close. This is as close as I got to this wee one, I'd crept as close as I could snapping pics all the way ;-)

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Conwy Off The Beaten Path

  • Great cafe, great location.

    Sit in the tiny cottage, hearing the local people speaking in Welsh, enjoying the soup, the tea and the cakes. If you are planning a wedding - have a look at the wares next door! Then have a drive, a walk or a cycle up onto the moors above the village. Open Saturday only.

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  • River Conwy Gorge along the A470

    Following the A470 between Conwy and Swallow Falls, one passes through a magnificent gorge formed by the River Conwy, with some of the best scenery in North Wales.

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  • Llandudno

    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...

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Conwy Favorites

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  • Town Walls

    Conwy is a wall-protected town. Home to some of the best preserved walls in the UK, you can really get a feel for their purpose, with their stone face and open backed design. The walls were built in conjunction with the castle, and were completed in 1286.Today the walls are still passable, and you can take a walk along many of the sections - which...

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  • Fishing for pearls!

    Fishing was also a main source of income for the locals, especially mussels from the Conwy estuary. In fact a pearl that is apparently very large was actually found here and is now part of the crown jewels. It was found during the reign of Charles II (1660-1685)!

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  • Slate

    Slate was mined in Wales, and much of it was transported by the Blaenau Ffestiniog railway to Conwy where it was then shipped around the world.

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