Conwy Valley is a place of beauty. The stunning River Conwy runs through the vale to the estuary, surrounded by woodlands on one side & heather moors on the other. Mountain lakes, wooded gorges, waterfalls, and beaches, you are spoilt for choice! You will not struggle to find a good walk, a good pub or a family friendly beach to laze away the day on. In the walled town of Conwy, down the narrow streets, there is history at every corner! We just have to mention Bodnant Gardens too! With expansive lawns, grand ponds & impressive terraces & remarkable plants, it is a great place to relax and unwind and well worth a visit. There are too many places to list them all, however the following villages & towns are all popular places to visit!
Conwy town – A walled market town dominated by the impressive castle, steeped in history and full of charm! If you haven’t got the time to visit the castle, you can stroll along the small section castle walls high path for a whistle stop tour (although if you have a small pooch with you, be prepared to carry them in parts where the wooden slats are a tad wide apart for little paws)! The turrets of this foreboding castle can be seen before you even arrive in the town, and there are many historic houses from the Elizabethan period to be found. By the old quayside you may even spot the smallest house in the UK! The individual shops are quirky and interesting, you will almost certainly find something that catches your eye! Many of the pubs and cafes welcome pets and children so there are plenty of places to stop and take five.
Did you know? By the quayside, you can visit the smallest house in Great Britain – officially in the record books! Until 1900 a fisherman called Robert Jones lived there, but had to move out. He was 6ft tall. In fact, there was once a family living in this tiny house! You can still go inside today for a small charge – you will be amazed anyone ever lived there!
Llandudno – An impressive Victorian seaside town with a long promenade sitting between The Great & Little Ormes (which you can access in a twentieth century tramcar), filled with seafront hotels, restaurants & bars and a good shopping centre not far from the promenade. Llandudno has a traditional, old fashioned feel to it and is popular with families with children and also the more mature visitors, particularly in the winter months. There are two wonderful beaches, the award winning North Shore, and quieter West Shore. The theatre, Venu Cymru, is also in the town and hosts shows and concerts, plays and musicals to suit every taste! Every year, it is host to a Victorian weekend, where you will be dazzled by the costumes donned by visitors and locals alike!
Did you know? There are over 30 Shipwrecks in Llandudno bay, including one having crashed in 1642, named the phoenix, a warship that wrecked off the great Orme.
Deganwy – Deganwy sits on the banks of the River Conwy between Llandudno and the ancient walled town of Conwy. The south-westerly facing beach is backed by a beautiful landscape and is a real beauty. Golfers will be spoilt for choice three glorious golf clubs within a short drive of each other. Or, you may prefer a boat trip from Conwy Harbour around the estuary and up the Conwy River to take in the wildlife which is abundant here, or simply enjoy a lovely walk across the Vardre hillside or along the coastal path.
Did you know? Deganwy Castle was demolished by Edward 1st after Conwy Castle was built. Only the ruins remain today.
Colwyn Bay / Old Colwyn – have plenty to offer whatever you seek! The long promenade follows the sweefrom Old Colwyn to Penrhyn Bay and gives easy access the lovely beaches, pier and harbour at Rhos on Sea. Slipways enable visitors to enjoy fishing, sailing and jet skiing. There is also an indoor shopping centre & a High Street lined with shops & cafes if you cannot resist a bit of retail therapy. The Welsh Mountain Zoo is well worth a visit too!
Did you know? Timothy Dalton & Paula Yates were born in Colwyn Bay!
A pleasant seaside town with long, stretches sandy & pebbly beaches, set against the backdrop of Penmaenmawr mountain. There are dog restrictions between 1st May to 30th September. You will find a small promenade lined with shops & entertainment. If wildlife is your thing, Traeth Lafan Nature Reserve is easily accessed located between Bangor and Llanfairfechan.
It is so easy to drive obliviously along the A55 and not think to stop at some of these less obvious villages and towns. However, sometimes good things come in small packages. Penmaenmawr beach looks across Conwy Bay towards Anglesey and is a lovely long sandy beach with promenade. On the prom there are grassed areas, flowered borders, a cafe, amusement arcades, play area and even a paddling pool for the children. There are dog restrictions on the beach during the main summer months.