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A short bus ride from Llandudno, and even walkable if you want to make it a slow day trip, is the stunningly preserved castle of Conwy. Built as a walled settlement for the exlusive use of the English, it gave a taste of what was to come for the Welsh in this part of the world. Even though the walls no longer keep the Welsh out, the situation has changed little: the towns are full of English, and the Welsh stick to the valleys.
Conwy is a must see if you are in Llandudno. Just take Bus 5 or X5 to Conwy station.
Updated Aug 2, 2010
I love these old traditional fairs and its great to see this one still taking place in Conwy. It is a short 10 minute drive from Llandudno.
On 26th March every year this 700 year old charter fair takes place in the main streets, free entry.
Started by Edward 1st, it is held in Conwy High Street and Lancaster Square. Plant and seed stalls, crafts, local produce and charity stalls.
Written Feb 20, 2010
Phone: 01492 650851
With 165 pontoon berths and free car parking on site it is a terrific place to wander.
The Quay Hotel next to the marina has a restaurant, bar for good lunches and evening meals, and spa facilities. The restaurant uses locally produced and sourced ingredients.
Take the A55 to Deganwy and take right hand exit off the roundabout. Follow the road and go straight ahead on the next two roundabouts, heading towards Deganwy and Llandudno.
Continuing along the A546 for approx. 0.8 miles, turning left at the traffic lights. Proceed into the estate, turning right at the next roundabout, from here signposted "Marina Reception".
Updated Feb 20, 2010
Phone: 01492 576888
If you travel by road you will pass Deganwy Castle on the way to Llandudno. It's high up on the hill overlooking Conwy, Deganwy Marina and West Shore beach.
Documents show that Robert of Rhuddlan built a castle here in 1080. The ruins visible today belong mainly to Henry III's castle. The defences of the bailey - earth banks and ditches on the north side, the base of two D-shaped gatehouse towers, and the curtain wall built by Edward I on the south - can still be recognized. The mass of fallen masonry near the base of the gatehouse is a relic of the demolition of 1263.
Great site for a summer picnic as the views are terrific.
Written Feb 20, 2010
The Kashmiri goats, wandering around the Great Orme, so it is said, were originally a present to the Queen Mother and came from India. They have large horns, and a shaggy beard.
The goats sometimes wander off the Great Orme, when they fancy a change of diet and eat the flowers in people's gardens.
Updated Sep 3, 2008
Visit Ochr Penrhyn - Penrhyn side between Llandudno and Colwyn Bay. Walk up the Cow's Nose (Trwyn y Fuwch is the Welsh name for the Little Orme).
There are two pubs here with good ales, one has cider from casks too. If you walk up the hill behind the pub all the way to the top you get a great view.
In the 16th century William Davies published a catholic book in Welsh (how more provocative can you get?) in a cave here. He lasted a while before being arrested and executed and ended up having his body parts displayed at various castles around North Wales.
Written May 30, 2006
Located 5 miles from Llandudno, the walled town of Conwy is well worth a visit. The entrance to the town (from the east) is stunning. You drive over a bridge which crosses the River Conwy, and there is front of you is the fabulous Conwy Castle.
The castle sits on a rocky outcrop, looking over the cobble stoned town and I would highly recommend a visit. Conwy is a walled town, and you can take a walk along the top of the walls, enjoying the view of the harbour.
There are some shops to browse in and the best fish & chips in Wales. If you take a stroll by the quay you may even stumble across the Smallest House in the UK!
Conwy is a great place to visit and an easy commute from Llandudno, by car, train or bus.
Written May 4, 2006
There are 2 under cover police officers who walk around the town, one looks like Fred West, and the otehr is with him, they go around insulting people, as if they are in the Proffesionals, but are really a crap force, as they do nothing to stop crime, its sad bnut thats life, and they should sacked, and locked up in amental assylums
Written Sep 23, 2004
Hiking up on the Orme seems miles away from the promenade and pier. Up here you can be virtually alone ...just the views and simple scenery like this for company.
Check out the travelogues for more views on the hike.
Written Feb 28, 2003
High up on the Great Orme headland is this lovely old church which gave Llandudno its name.
Tudno was a 6th century celtic saint who set up his LLan - a religious site like a hermits cell or small settlement - for the saint and his disciples. The first church was probably wood, but a stone building was here by the 12th century, later enlarged in the 15th century.
After some centuries of neglect it was restored in 1855 after a storm had blown the roof off.
Written Feb 25, 2003
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