Conwy town and its castle

Conwy is one of the best-preserved medieval fortified towns in Britain. There are over 200 listed buildings in the town dating from the 14th to the 19th centuries. The most famous of these is of course Conwy Castle which was built by King Edward I between 1283 and 1289. Also not to be missed is Plas Mawr Elizabethan Town House, possibly the best preserved Elizabethan townhouse in Great Britain, home of the Wyn family in the 16th century.

Conwy castle taken with Welsh flags taken from a hill a few fields away.

Conwy Castle

Llandudno and Deganwy Castle

On the other side of the Conwy Estuary and at the foot of the Great Orme sits Llandudno, the Victorian seaside resort developed by the Mostyn family in the 1840s. The town is named after the 6th century Saint Tudno. Take a detour to the remains of Deganwy Castle much of whose stonework was used by Edward 1st to build Conwy Castle and then check out some of the eateries overlooking the marina.

View from hill overlooking Llandudno and pier.


Great Orme's Head

The dramatic limestone outcrop of Great Orme’s Head is a habitat for many species of nesting birds as well as an excellent area for climbing and walking. Take a rest at the Visitor Centre where excellent displays describe and illustrate the Great Orme's history, geology and wildlife. A camera link to the cliffs provides live footage of the seabirds during the breeding season.

Things to do on the Great Orme

There is so much to do on the Great Orme that you could spend a whole day up there. Take a break in your journey with the old Victorian tramway from Llandudno or experience the rocky outcrops from the dizzy heights of the cable car from Happy Valley. Alternatively, you could cycle or walk up to the top of the Orme and reward yourself at the aptly named Rest and Be Thankful café or take a trip through the Bronze age in the Great Orme Copper Mines.

Headland of the Great Orme.
Passengers on Great Orme Tramway, Llandudno as it passes the coast in the background.

The Great Orme and the tramway, Llandudno

Staying in Conwy and Llandudno

If you want to explore the area further, Conwy and Llandudno offer the perfect base with their welcoming hotels, bed and breakfasts and hostels and homely self catering cottages. There are beautifully situated caravan and camping sites in the surrounding countryside too. The area is also known for its Welsh black beef, salt marsh lamb and fine seafood, which means its restaurants and independent food shops are well supplied with quality local produce.

Find out about appropriate clothing and footwear as well as more info on protecting and enjoying the countryside in the Countryside Code.

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View of Llandudno seafront from out at sea.

Llandudno viewed from the sea

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