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Conwy County Borough Council


In a nutshell. One of Britain’s best-preserved medieval towns.

Conwy is a true one-off. Well-preserved ancient walls, the most intact in Europe, enclose a town of narrow cobbled streets, nooks and crannies chock-full of historic buildings. And that’s just the half of it.

The walls radiate out from a gritty, dark-stoned castle that, even after all these years, still preserves an authentic medieval atmosphere – and still has the power to dominate and intimidate.

Conwy Castle, a World Heritage Site, was a key part of the ‘iron ring’ of fortresses built around Snowdonia in the 13th century by Edward I to contain the Welsh. The views from the battlements, with the mountains of Snowdonia one way, the Conwy Estuary the other, are stunning. And it’s from here that the entire town comes into perspective, ringed by a circuit of walls over three-quarters of a mile long and guarded by no less than 22 towers.

A Conwy ‘must-do’ is a walk along these walls, before venturing into the streets below to visit places like Aberconwy House (a rare 14th-century merchant’s dwelling), Plas Mawr (the UK’s best-preserved Elizabethan town house) and the dinky Smallest House (see if you can fit inside). And complete your history lesson by calling into Conwy’s Tourist Information Centre to see the flagship exhibition that tells the story of the Princes of Gwynedd.

Other attractions include the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art and Thomas Telford’s Suspension Bridge. Maritime Conwy lives on along the quay – especially when the summer River Festival is in full nautical swing. And back in town there’s a unique mix of shops to delight and entice – everything from award-winning butchers to trendy boutiques and galleries.

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Wall Entry Point

Conwy Castle & Town Walls – UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Aberconwy Abbey
- St Mary and All Saints

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Princes of Gwynedd Exhibition

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Conwy Suspension Bridge and Toll-keeper’s House

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Royal Cambrian Academy

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Smallest House in Great Britain

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Sightseeing Cruises

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Bodlondeb Woods and Nature Reserve

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Conwy Golf Course

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Castle Hotel

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Serviced Accommodation within Conwy town:


  • Visit Wales 4 Star Guest House
  • Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence winners
  • Located within the historical town walls of Conwy
  • Gwynfryn is a large 19th Century Victorian house, built in 1873
  • 5 rooms which tastefully furnished with own distinctive character, many maintain original features including open beams, fireplaces, and large sash windows
  • Free parking
  • Prices from £65-85 per room per night including breakfast

Serviced Accommodation within Conwy town:

Bryn Guest House

  • Visit Wales 4 Star Visit Wales Bed & Breakfast
  • Large Victorian family home built circa 1860
  • Stands in extensive, walled gardens bordering on one side of medieval towers and town walls of Conwy
  • Free Wi-Fi & Parking
  • 4 bedroom, 3 en-suite and 1 with private bathroom
  • Prices from £80 per room per night including breakfast
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Quay Hotel

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The Groes Inn

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Serviced Accommodation within 3 miles of Conwy town:

Glan Heulog Bed & Breakfast

  • Visit Wales 4 Star Guest House
  • Victorian house situated in an elevated position just outside Conwy town
  • Breakfast is served in an elegant dining room with views overlooking the Glan Heulog garden and the castle walls
  • 10 minute walk to Conwy town (0.4miles)
  • Free Wi-Fi & parking
  • 6 en-suite rooms, prices from £30-37 including breakfast per person per night

Serviced Accommodation within 3 miles of Conwy town:

Bryn Derwen

  • Visit Wales 4 Star Guest House.
  • Located in an elevated position, just a short 10 minute walk from historic town walls (0.4miles)
  • Free Wi-Fi & parking.
  • 6 bedrooms, all en-suite, individually styled, retaining many original features and offering modern facilities and comfortable furnishings.
  • Prices from £55-£70 per room including breakfast.
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Self-Catering Accommodation
within Conwy town

Garreg Lwyd

  • Visit Wales 4 Star self-catering property.
  • Cosy, grade II listed, c1825 stone built artisan cottage located in Conwy town, overlooking the famous Elizabethan town house Plas Mawr.
  • Free Wi-Fi and parking.
  • Fully equipped cottage suitable for 2 couples or small family, consists of a double and twin room.
  • Prices from £270 - £530 per week.

Self-Catering Accommodation
within Conwy town

Bwthyn Haf

  • Visit Wales 4 Star self-catering Property.
  • Grade II listed terraced cottage in Conwy town.
  • Bwthyn Haf translates into Summer Cottage in Welsh.
  • Traditional fisherman’s cottage, within the walls of Conwy.
  • Cottage sleeps 4, and has 2 bedrooms consisting of one double and one adult bunk beds.
  • Prices from £300 to £510 per week.

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North Wales Holiday Cottages & Farmhouses

  • North Wales Holiday Cottages & Farmhouses (NWHC&F) is a holiday letting agency acting on behalf of the owners of privately owned holiday properties in Conwy town and surrounding areas.
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Restaurants within the walls

Dawson’s Restaurant at the Castle Hotel

The Head Chef, Andrew Nelson is ably supported by his team of young aspiring Welsh chefs, including the current Junior Chef of Wales - Chris Tull. Consultant Chef/Director Graham Tinsley is the Manager of the Welsh Culinary Team and as you can imagine, passionate about his food. There's plenty of local flavour on the long menu in the shape of some excellent regional produce - Conwy mussels, for example - and there's attention to detail in the execution. AA 2 Rosettes.

Watsons Bistro

Described as a hidden gem, this family run Bistro uses only the finest locally sourced produce to create dishes that are all homemade, from the bread rolls made by Uncle Ron, the Master Baker to the sumptuous desserts and homemade ice creams and sorbets.

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Just outside Conwy – within 3 miles

Signatures Restaurant

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  • Awarded best place to eat in Wales in the National Tourism Awards for Wales
  • Choose from a selection of mouth-watering, contemporary British dishes - all freshly prepared and by Executive Chef, Jimmy Williams and his team of highly skilled professionals in the theatre kitchen

Groes Inn

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  • The Groes has held an AA Rosette for over 10 years and were awarded ‘AA Pub of the Year 2013/14
  • They have a two dining spaces: A handsome dining room with a bright, airy conservatory and a heart-warming pub with cosy log fires and chalkboard menus
  • They have menus that change monthly to reflect what’s good and fresh, and where possible source their produce from local suppliers


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  • Family owned restaurant specialising in French-style authentic country cuisine
  • Provide fine food and fine wines in an atmosphere of relaxed conviviality
  • Fresh ingredients, meats, fish and seafood including Conwy Mussels

Nikki Ipps

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  • Coming from a family of Traditional Chinese Chef Patrons in Hong Kong, Nikki Ip has  business established on personal reputation for producing the finest Chinese Cuisine
  • Each dish is a traditional Chinese recipe developed personally by Nikki
  • His dishes set his restaurant apart as a great dining experience
  • Nikki has won numerous awards and has been highly acclaimed in both the national and local press

Grill Room at the Quay Hotel

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  • The Grill Restaurant introduces you to a mouth-watering selection of award-winning culinary delights
  • AA 2 Rosettes
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Local Specialities

Local. It’s a word that crops up a lot on our menus. That’s because Conwy County produces some of the finest food and drink in Wales. Our landscape reflects quality, variety and freshness; the juicy grass on our upland hills turns out our world-renowned Welsh Black beef and Welsh lamb, while our rivers and long coastline supply lots of lovely fresh fish and shellfish including Conwy’s famous mussels. And many of our food producers here in Conwy have picked up an award or two for being quite exceptional.

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You’ll love our shops. They’re mostly small and specialist, personable and friendly, the kind of places where customer care comes naturally.

Conwy has a unique mix of shops to entice and delight from an award winning butcher and chocolatier to trendy boutiques and galleries. You’ll find the very best art at the Royal Cambrian Academy or for a wide range of ceramic work, homeware and sculpture head to the Potters’ Gallery.

In addition to a wealth of outdoor shops, Betws-y-Coed has a great selection of work from local potters, and craft workers working with wood and slate. And for those distinctively patterned Welsh weaves and tapestries go to the working woollen mills at Trefriw in the Conwy Valley.

We have our High Streets too, of course. Amidst the wide awnings of Llandudno’s main shopping street, you’ll find lots of independent shops and family businesses alongside big high street names.

Tourist Information Centres are not just places that tell you about local events, attractions and activities, or for booking accommodation. They’re also handy for a spot of shopping, selling a wide range of books and souvenirs. And Conwy Castle Visitor Centre also has a gift shop full of quality items including Celtic jewellery, pottery, books and traditional love spoons.

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Did you know?

  • Conwy Castle was originally painted white and the towers sported conical roofs. What a sight that must have been.
  • A tunnel opened in 1991 now takes through traffic under Conwy and the river. Before then, all traffic had to pass through narrow arches in the town walls.
  • Penmaenmawr, a few miles west of Conwy, was the favourite holiday spot of Victorian Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone.
  • The tomb of Nicholas Hakes in St. Mary's Church, Conwy, inspired William Wordsworth to write the poem "We are Seven".
  • A large and beautiful pearl found in a Conwy mussel in the 17th century is part of the Crown Jewels.
  • A red dragon has appeared on our flag since Celtic times and is a potent symbol of Welshness. You’ll see dragons adorning everything from town halls to ale pumps.
  • In Welsh legend, the summit of Snowdon is the burial place for a fearsome giant, Rhitta Gawr, who King Arthur defeated in a dual.

Getting to Conwy

By air

Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham all have a number of international flights.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Manchester Airport

Birmingham International Airport

By Rail

The rail service from Manchester Airport to Llandudno Junction (nearest main line station to Conwy town) takes around 2hours 20 minutes.

By car from the airports

There’s quick, straightforward access from the North West along the M56 and A55. Motorway links with the Midlands are good too, and the same roads – the M6, M5 and M1 also bring North Wales within easy reach of the South of England.

By coach

National Express operates services from London and Manchester with connections from most UK towns.

By sea

Irish Ferries and Stena Line operate regular and high-speed services to Holyhead from Dublin and Dun Laoghaire.

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Travel within Conwy County and North Wales

Rail services run through the regions of Wales – usually on highly scenic routes such as the Conwy Valley and the Cambrian Coast. There are a number of Rover and Ranger tickets available, which all offer unlimited travel for one day on specific areas or the Arriva Trains Wales network. They can be purchased from station booking offices or on board the train.

There’s a good local bus service too, and a cross-country long distance network between North and South Wales.

Local Sightseeing Tours

Boutique Tours of North Wales, Llandudno

Operate private and small group (shared) sightseeing tours of North Wales, The Snowdonia National Park and The Isle of Anglesey. So if you want to discover more of the destination and make the most of your visit, then our tours will help capture the very best of area with stunning scenery, great history and amazing culture.

Judy Brough

Qualified Wales Blue Badge Guide and experienced driver guide providing personal driver guide service for small groups of up to four persons in a fully licensed and insured large MPV.

Celticos - Sightseeing Tours

c/o Conwy Tourist Information Centre, Muriau Buildings, Rosehill Street, Conwy.
Operate guided walk and ride minibus tours where you will have the opportunity to discover the hidden treasures, experience the panoramic scenery of Destination Conwy, including the Conwy Valley and the Snowdonia National Park.

Llandudno & Conwy Open Top Sightseeing Tour

Starts from Llandudno but can also be joined at Conwy
Discover the hidden mysteries & secrets of the magnificent towns of Llandudno & Conwy, Hop On & Hop Off one our open top turn buses departing from Llandudno Pier Entrance every 30-60 minutes, every day from March to October.

Great Excursion of North Wales

Llandudno (5 miles from Conwy)
These tours are different, contemporary, all about having a bit of fun and meeting fellow visitors while exploring beautiful North Wales in spacious luxury mini-coaches with panoramic windows, and all tours are fully guided.

General Information

Conwy Tourist Information Centre
Muriau Buildings
Rose Hill Street
LL32 8LD

Our friendly staff can help you with:

  • Attraction information
  • Itinerary planning
  • Event information
  • Public transport information
  • Books, maps and publications
  • Gifts and souvenirs
  • Bed booking service
  • Local theatre bookings
  • Local coach bookings
  • Event bookings

Telephone: +44 1492 577566

Wales Official Tourism Guides Association [WOTGA] Local Members

Judy Brough

Telephone: +44 1492 581685
Mobile: +7980 013630

Amanda Whitehead

Telephone: +44 1492 460983
Mobile: +447876241160

Michael Thompson

Telephone: + 44 1492 874188
Mobile: + 44 7785 737 520

Please see website for detailed information of all the WOTGA guides.

Conwy County Borough Council