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Holidays in Conwy

Conwy holidays: an estuary town dominated by an ancient castle

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Conwy Castle

Conwy, with its medieval castle and ancient grey stone walls, has been designated as a World Heritage Site for its historic importance, beauty and royal associations. Conwy occupies a headland around the Conwy River Estuary and our places to stay in Conwy are surrounded by excellent views of the North Wales coast and the Irish Sea. The famous Conwy suspension bridge was built to replace the estuary ferry and is right next to Conwy Castle.

Conwy Castle is one of the most impressive fortresses in Wales, with its thick stone walls and position at the estuary. Other castles like Caernarfon also have a town wall but Conwy’s is mostly preserved since being constructed in 1283. It was commissioned as a crucial link in Edward I’s ‘iron ring of castles’ mounted to supress the rebellious Welsh population. The town wall was built to populate a small colony of the English in the face of very strong opposition from the Welsh people.

The Conwy coast

Today the castle can still be seen from most approaches. Its eight towers and connecting walls are still intact, and well preserved. Virtually the whole castle is accessible. Excellent views of Conwy, the sea and the surrounding countryside can be seen clearly from the top of any of the towers.

Conwy is full of interesting independent shops and good amenities. Unsurprisingly there’s a great selection of pubs, restaurants and takeaways with an emphasis on freshly-landed fish. For a quality experience why not try Watson's Bistro, a popular restaurant in the town, making the most of the region's local produce?

The town is characterised by grey stone buildings and the old-fashioned fishing harbour from which a fully operational fleet sets sail every morning. Conwy has a beautiful backdrop of mountains, castles, sea and a quayside alive with boats and yachts, seals and dolphins.

“Conwy Castle is one of the best-preserved fortresses of its age in the world…”

Nearby you can also visit Llandudno, Colwyn Bay and the Great Orme, or the National Park of Snowdonia on your holiday in Conwy. Llandudno is a traditional Victorian-style seaside town with ornate town houses lining the promenade. It is characterised by its beautiful pier, which has been compared to an Indian pavilion floating on a lake. It’s an unusual example because of its ‘Y’ shaped concourse. Just beyond Llandudno is Great Orme’s Head, as the coastal path takes you further into the Welsh countryside.

We have a lovely range of Conwy cottages - why not visit our collection to feel inspired?

While you’re there

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High flying adventure for all ages above the treetops

Parisella's Ice Cream Parlour

Award-winning ice cream and sorbet in Conwy

Conwy Castle

A medieval castle in a traditional walled town in North Wales

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