Conwy is one of Britain’s best-preserved medieval towns, lined with ancient walls, narrow cobbled streets and an imposing 13th-century castle. Local seafood delicacies can be found at the harbour, while the mighty mountains of Snowdonia nearby offer a range of outdoor adventures.
Things to do in Conwy
Climb to the top of UNESCO-listed Conwy Castle to soak up stunning views of the battlements. Built by Edward I in 1289, this site was a key part of the fortresses built around Snowdonia to contain the Welsh. Walk along the historic Town Walls to see the outline of the original town of Conwy.
Explore the interior of Plas Mawr, one of the best-preserved Elizabethan townhouses in the United Kingdom. The Aberconwy House is a rare 14th-century merchant’s dwelling with period furnishings and presentations that highlight daily life from different periods in its history.
See if you can fit in the smallest house in Britain at Quay House, which is painted red and measures at 1.8 metres wide and three metres high. When you’re in need of some green space, head to 32-hectare Bodnant Gardens to explore grand lawns, tranquil ponds and Italianate terraces.
Take a scenic train ride to Snowdon National Park to trek up to Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and England at over 1,000 metres tall. Its landscapes are dotted with lakes and waterfalls, with trails perfect for mountain biking and horseback riding.
Getting around Conwy
Conwy’s city centre is ideal to explore on foot and there’s a well-connected bus system for travelling further afield. The town is a 1.5-hour drive from Liverpool and a three-hour train journey from London Euston station.