Conwy Area and Useful Tourist Information
The town of Conwy sits ins the shadow of the great fortress of Conwy Castle, but it is a great point for exploring the wealth of places that North Wales and the surrounding area has to offer.
Known for its phenomenal historic interests and being a walled town, those that visit get the opportunity to experience a truly unique and fascinating experience. From wandering along the castle walls to enjoying the view on the quayside, there are a number of pleasant activities to be enjoyed. Some may already know that Britain’s Smallest House is located within Conwy, while the Bird and Nature Reserve is located just a short drive away.
Accessible from Conwy are a number of other towns, attractions, nature spots and other things to do, thanks to the close proximity, central location and convenient transport systems. So, whether you would like to ascend Mount Snowdon, enjoy a coastal walk or look around some of the museums and art galleries, there is something for everyone in Conwy and the North Wales area.
Conwy town provides a base to which explore other nearby towns and areas. As you’ll find below, there are a number of noteable places and regions to which Conwy can provide you the idyllic base to explore. Whether you go a few miles down the road to Llandudno, adventure into the Snowdonia National Park, or drive over to experience Anglesey, Conwy is suitable for you.
Few places command the attention and desire to visit than that of Conwy. Even fewer places have managed to preserve and incorporate every possible aspect of history into the town planning, from the centre piece of the castle, to original walls and 13th century buildings.
On your approach into Conwy, you will see the mighty turrets of the castle rising high above the town, illustrating their purpose when King Edward I of England built it those many years ago.
The medieval town is considered as one of the finest in the country and in fact the world, with many global visitors making the trip over to see Conwy.
Blessings of Conwy are delivered through world-class historic attractions such as Plas Mawr, the best surviving Elizabethan Manor, 13th century church, original castle walls and the incredibly fascinating, Smallest House in Great Britain.
Conwy is the only place where you could find a combination of the finest preserved historical castles in Europe, as well as hearing Europe’s oldest living language… Welsh! A number of cosy pubs await your visit, where you’ll be able to sip Welsh ale next to the wood burner.
- Conwy is among the most popular destinations within the whole of Wales, unsurprisingly, the castle, scenery and historical interest are stated as some of the main reasons to visit.
- The language of Conwy is ‘officially’ Welsh, however – English is widely spoken and heard in the town.
- Conwy Castle was built during the years of 1283 and 1289, led by Edward I of England.
- The oldest structure is indeed the town walls, however, the church within Conwy is widely recognised as the oldest standing building.
- The Conwy suspension bridge, built in 1826 was designed by Thomas Telford to fit with the style of the castle.
- The Smallest House in Great Britain is officially located in Conwy. The cosy home measures up at 3.05m x 1.8m and can be visited on the Conwy Quayside, overlooking the river, harbour and quayside.
Getting to Conwy
Conwy is easily accessible from all around the UK thanks to it’s fantastic transport links. There are several train lines operating trains to Conwy Train Station and nearby Llandudno Junction Train Station.
Manchester to Conwy – 1 hour 20 minutes
Liverpool to Conwy – 1 hour 10 minutes
Birmingham to Conwy – 2 hours 20 minutes
London to Conwy – 4 hours 30 mins (2 hours 30 minutes by train)
North Wales Travel Status – https://www.bbc.co.uk/travel/northwestwales/incidents/road
By air, train, bus
Manchester Airport – http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/
National Rail Trains – http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
Bus Travel Wales – http://www.traveline.cymru/
Annual Events in Conwy
Conwy has many fantastic annual events that take place throughout the town, quayside and castle. While dates for each year differ, a rough idea of event timings can be seen below. For more detailed information and other events please see the Conwy Events page, which lists individual times, dates and key information.
Conwy Seed Fair – 26th March 2016
Conwy Pirate Festival – 27th, 28th and 29th May 2016
All Wales Boat Show – 9th, 10th, 11th June 2017
International Bluegrass Music and Dance Festival – 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th July 2017
Conwy Classical Music Festival – 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th July 2016
Conwy Honey Festival – 13th September 2016
Gwledd Conwy Feast – 22nd and 23rd October 2016
Conwy Half Marathon – 19th November 2017
Walks and Hiking near Conwy, North Wales
Some may already be aware that North Wales is famous for its special landscape that has made it the perfect place to go for coastal walks, or hilly/ mountainous treks.
There are a number of nearby relaxing and more challenging walks near to the Conwy area, as well as a huge number of others just a short distance away – with a great selection continued towards the Snowdonia region.
Walks in or around Conwy:
North Wales Path via Conwy Mountain
Conwy mountain is a hilly area that sits just west of the town and is a part of the North Wales Coastal Path. Expect wonderful scenery, a moderately challenging walk but one which means you’ll be able to go over an enjoy a cup of tea and Welsh cake locally after.
Conwy Town Walls
Constructed between 1283 and 1287, these walls were built in alliance with the castle to offer further protection to the town within.The walls are 1.3km long and consist of 21 towers and 3 gatehouses. The walls are today a part of the UNESCO world heritage administered by Cadw and have been described by several historians and travel writers as one of the most impressive walled circuits in Europe.
North Wales Coast Path; eg. Conwy to Deganwy
A very pleasant walk is one that takes you from the town of Conwy, along the coastal front and around to Deganwy. The delightful coastal pathway is a lovely 40 minute each way walk that enables you the chance to see Deganwy, another pleasant nearby town.
Towns near to Conwy
There are several towns very close to Conwy that are well worth visiting should time and travel allow. Transport to all of the below is available with local transport infrastructure, through bus service, trains, mini bus and taxi services.
Llandudno – 5 miles – North Wales’ largest beach resort with award winning beaches, sea view hotels, restaurants, activities and scenery.
Colwyn Bay – 5 miles – Just a few miles down the road, this seaside town homes a lovely beach, promenade and town with all the amenities you could need!
Betws-y-Coed – 17 miles – North Wales’ most popular inland town, which has a vast array of hills, forests, rivers all set around the main town area. Much of it was built during the Victorian period and it is known as the ‘gateway’ to Snowdonia.
Caernarfon – 23 miles – A town that has something in common with Conwy… It’s castle! Caernarfon is another historic castle ‘walled town’ that offers visitors a unique experience, with many visitors enjoying its offerings.
Resources to prepare for your time in Conwy and North Wales
Cadw Welsh Historic Monuments – http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/
National Museum for Wales – http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/
The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales – http://www.rcahmw.gov.uk/
The Prince of Wales – http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/
North Wales Coastal Path – http://www.conwy.gov.uk/
Visit Conwy – http://www.visitconwy.com/
North Wales – http://www.northwales.com/