Some of Helens favourites...

If you're unfamiliar with the the Conwy area, please note that Conwy is also the name of the county as well as the town, it makes for lots of confusion as Conwy county in North Wales covers quite a large area, these are my own personal recommendations, I so love people who have a passion for what they do ....

Where to stay in Conwy:

Gwynfryn b&b Conwy - Run by my pals, Colin and Monica based in the centre Conwy town, on the square. Monica never fails to make me laugh on the glummest of days. Won lots of awards on Trip Advisor and some great guest reviews, lovely decor with colour themed rooms.

Bryn b&b Conwy - Located on the hill in Conwy, just within the walls, peaceful but central, stylish but traditional, Alison is a great cook and is happy to cater for anyone with special dietary requirements. Her breakfasts are award winning...

If you're planning on camping Conwy Touring Park are a mile or so out of town or if you're really looking for a taste of the countryside Cefn Cae in Rowen offer glamping, camping and holiday cottage breaks in an idyllic farm setting. Or Cae Wenol Yurts, again within a couple of miles of town

Where to eat in Conwy:

Amelies - 10 High Street Conwy, up the stairs, lovely atmosphere, nicely decorated, imaginative menu, with a couple of veggie options.

The Castle Hotel - Back on form and serving mostly well presented, interesting locally sourced food, known for their mussels! Fair choice of drinks too, probably need to book in advance!...

Where to eat outside of Conwy:

Ty Gwyn, Betws y Coed -on the left hand side as you approach Waterloo bridge, I love this place, being a vegetarian they always have at least three good choices (this overwhelms me) the decor is charming old country pub/shabby chic and the prices are very reasonable. Worth the trip out.

(Can you tell, food is important to me?)

All the touristy things you should do whilst you are staying in Conwy:

Conwy is one of the first Towns in the UK to have all of our places of interest QR Barcoded, it's a great project that we are all quite excited about. Using your internet enabled Smart Phone you can take a History trail through the town or a Ghost tour, find out all about our points of interest or pick up fascinating historical gems. You can even download a Turner painting of the Castle in 1800 and compare it with the same scene today. Download a QR Scanning App to your phone and get going. Visit the History Points Website for more info.

Visit the medieval Conwy Castle or if you don't have the stamina, at least walk the walls (free on charge) its a bit hairy in parts, but well worth it for the stunning arial views of the town (careful you don't lose a child here and there) on the corner of Castle street, Conwy is Aberconwy House, a National Trust owned former merchants house

Visit the Smallest House in Great Britain on Conwy quay and marvel at how anybody could have lived in such a small space, let alone a 6ft 3ins fisherman.

Plas Mawr one of the finest examples of an Elizabethan Townhouse, it's on the High Street, Conwy, beautifully restored and well worth the visit.

Royal Cambrian Academy - Off the High Street, Conwy (behind Plas Mawr in fact!) Ever changing art gallery, displaying some of Wales' finest..

Make sandcastles on the beach and paddle in the sea, Conwys' Morfa beach, barely a mile from the centre of Conwy town, it's a great beach, with views across to the Great Orme in Llandudno.....

Go for a river cruise along the Conwy estuary, departs from the quay in Conwy, every few hours: www.sightseeingcruises.co.uk

Conwy mountain (not a real mountain just a hill, really) is a fifteen minute walk from the centre of town, not a particularly tough walk, but some stunning panoramic views over the sea, Great Orme, Conwy river and Conwy town itself, sturdy footwear recommended (Conwy Outdoor Shop have a fine selection of boots and maps!) the likelihood is that you'll bump into a few wild ponies (the renowned Carneddau ponies) take a picnic,make an afternoon of it, you'll be glad you made the effort. The easiet route there from Conwy town: Cross the stone bridge over the railway line just before the Bodlondeb main entrance, to Cadnant Park, keep right, look out for Mountain Road the 2nd turn, down Mountain Road then take a left along the stone wall, keep walking and you're there...there are a whole variety of footpaths up, some gentle some a quick climb.
If you really want to indulge your romantic streak the sunsets overlooking Penmaenmawr and Puffin Island from Conwy mountain are stunning. There is a fast route up there, find the car park/pull in at the top of Sychnant Pass take the right hand path (facing down the valley) follow the main path as it snakes around eventually to the left, spot the farm, take the path to the left of the farm (you'll come across a watering hole, take the right hand path around it) bear right over the hilly bit, drop back into the dip, find a rock......

The Snowdon mountain range is within 30 minutes drive, catch the train up to the summit from Llanberis. Check out the weather forecast first and go well equipped, it has it's own little micro-climate up there.

Portmerion, near Porthmadog - Sir Clough Williams-Ellis his life's work is within these walls, bizarrely an Italianate village in the middle of Welshest Wales, a rich mans folly that both feels at odds with its surroundings and entirely at ease. Truly stunning setting overlooking the Mawddach estuary. One of my favourite places. Take a picnic and lunch on the lawn, or better still make an overnight stay at Castell Deudraeth (part of the Portmerion estate) it truly is my benchmark hotel, the one which all others are measured off, you can get some great deals there.

Take a tram up the Great Orme, in Llandudno, or if you're really in for adventure, the cable car. Great views. If you're full of energy, walk it!

The National Trust managed Bodnant Gardens with their renowned Laburnum Arches that bloom in May are a sight to behold. Covering some 80 acres with vistas towards the river Conwy and Snowdonia.

Family things to do in the Conwy area:

The RSPB reserve is just off the A55 just over a mile from the centre of town, they often run nature walks suitable for families with children. Likewise the Royal Cambrian Academy Gallery (RCA) sometimes run childrens art activities. Look in the foyer of the library at the bottom of Castle Street in Conwy for other events and activites that may be taking place.

Further afield, Greenwood Forest Park is about 30 minutes away, great fun for younger kids.

Tree Top Adventures near Betws y Coed a rope adventure through the trees, it's high, it's a bit scary, but otherwise good fun and will keep the most boisterous older kids (and adults) out of mischief for a couple of hours, then hopefully be far too exhausted to give any more aggro for the rest of the day.

If you really want an outdoor multi activity day, Plas y Brenin in Capel Curig offer taster days for a range of outdoor activities; skiing, climbing, canoeing etc.

Not to be missed events in Conwy:

Conwy Feast held at the end of October is a must, now the second largest food festival in Wales. Conwy town plays host to the best of Welsh food producers along with foods and exhibitors from around the globe. Jam (!) packed with activities and entertainment (workshops, cooking demos from celeb chefs, storytellers, live music) it's a great weekend for all of the family, check out the website!.

Conwy Honey Fair & Seed Fair held in September and March respectively, Conwy High Street is closed to traffic for the day and a whole host of local beekeepers appear, to sell their wonderful honey. Lots of lovely plants from local, specialist nurseries and hobbyists. Peter McFadden we salute you....the place is literally buzzing (sorry, I had to!) 

Conwy Classical Music Festival St Marys Church Conwy always held at the end of July

Conwy Pirate Weekend May Pirate Ships, Treasure Hunts, Real live pirates, Smugglers Market, Lots going on throughout the weekend.

Great places to shop in and around Conwy :

Perry Higgins Antiques and curiosities, three crammed floors of just truly great stuff at reasonable prices, kitchenalia, tables, drawers, old pine, shabby chic style hand painted furniture, gardeny things old watering cans, old chairs, battered suitcases, stock is always changing, based in Penmaenmawr, approx three miles from Conwy (off the A55 towards Bangor) if you're into that sort of thing then you really will think you've died and gone to heaven.

Edwards of Conwy and Vinomondo on the High Street in Conwy offer a great selection of food and drink....

Conwy Strollers have a really nice selection of shoes, Sage Boutique a few doors down from us always have a nice collection of clothing.

And then of course there's us The Secret Garden, Castle Street, Conwy gifts for girls, jewellery, interesting clothing and homely interior accessories.

Further afield(ish) from Conwy :

Newborough Beach, Forest and Llanddwyn Island , about 30 minutes drive, follow the directions for Newborough on Anglesey, google it and get there...

Heathers on Conwy Mountain | Conwy Castle | Fishing Boat off Conwy Quay

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