The Great Orme
More than 200 metres above the sea, The Great Orme is an astonishing coastal landmark. The limestone headland, whose name means 'sea monster', has ancient origins and protected nature reserve status. Take an enchanting guided walk up to the top, head to the summit on the Great Orme Tramway, search for species (you can't miss the goats!) or expand your knowledge in the visitor's centre.
West Shore Beach
Part of the World Heritage Site, Conwy Castle was built for King Edward I at the end of the 13th century. Some 700 years later, it is still breathtaking. Go on a guided tour to take in the full picture, including easily-overlooked nooks and crannies and tales of medieval history locked in the walls.
Stroll across Llandudno's main beach and head up onto this classic Victorian pier. It comes complete with traditional Welsh gifts, Punch and Judy stalls, penny arcades and retro stores. This landmark was originally built in 1876, and it remains a wonderful place to grab an ice cream while watching the coastal world go by.
Oriel MOSTYN Gallery
Arguably one of the most picturesque galleries in Britain, Oriel MOSTYN Gallery is housed in an elegant building with a 20th century façade. It hosts contemporary art shows all year round, from showcases by major established artists to the works of hotly-tipped newcomers.
Welsh Mountain Zoo
Seals, chimps, tigers, bears, beautiful birds and exotic creatures can be seen at the Welsh Mountain Zoo. It is a conservation centre with revolving displays and a year-round programme of events. Beware the penguins and hawks; when they come out to play, they can be very friendly!
Where else can you see lapwings and goslings against a backdrop of Eryri's (Snowdonia) mountains and Conwy's medieval castle? RSPB Conwy is a 47-acre wetland centre with precious species of fauna and flora and untamed landscapes. The visitors' centre has toilets, a cafe, a shop and binocular-hiring facilities.
Mynydd Marion Nature Reserve
May and June are the best months to see orchids and other colourful grassland flowers on Mynydd Marion Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, between Colwyn Bay and Abergele. It’s set on a craggy limestone ridge from which you can get a real sense of the coastline and the distant mountains of Eryri (Snowdonia) and the Clwydian Range.
Bryn Euryn Nature Reserve
Climb to the top of this nature reserve on a limestone hill for panoramic views of the surrounding area, overlooking Rhos-on-Sea. A network of walking paths at Bryn Euryn winds through woodland and across grassy knolls, leading to the ruins of Llys Euryn – a historic 15th century house and 6th century hilltop fort.