By Jack Feeney
Conwy and Llandudno are the perfect places to spend a fleeting two-day trip. Their compact size mean visitors can pack in lots of the must-do activities between breakfast and dinner, while their differences mean no two days will be spent the same way. There are also a number of coastal towns and scenic landscapes on the doorstep of Conwy and Llandudno just waiting to be explored.
Start the day with a trip to the town’s most famous landmark, Conwy Castle. Before heading in, grab a bite to eat and a tea or coffee at L’s Coffee and Bookshop on the High Street. Then it’s off to explore the castle’s wards, rooms and towers.
For lunch, there are dozens of brilliant options nearby and it’s hard to really go wrong with any of them. Nearby Anna’s Tea Rooms on Castle Street serves a hearty lunch or traditional afternoon tea.
While in town, spend the afternoon doing a spot of shopping, and explore all the nooks and crannies of Conwy’s historic streets to unearth some real hidden gems. The High Street is full of independent boutiques like bookshop Hinton’s of Conwy and the antique treasure trove Drew Prichard. Make time to stop at the 16th-century Plas Mawr too, a beautiful listed building.
After a hard day’s retail therapy, head to the Quayside for a walk along the river, outside the town wall. Here visitors will find a charming pub, The Liverpool Arms. For dinner, it’s definitely worth making the trip out of the town and towards Conwy Morfa beach for food at Signatures, one of the area’s best restaurants.
What better way to end your day than a trip to Conwy Brewery and enjoy a wide range of ales, lagers, wines and spirits? Visitors even experience how some of the best beers in Wales are made and the brewery offers a design-your-own beer day so you can get fully involved in the production process.
While in town, spend the afternoon doing a spot of shopping, and explore all the nooks and crannies of Conwy’s historic streets to unearth some real hidden gems
Head down the A470 for the 20-minute drive to Bodnant Garden. The beautiful gardens are a perfect place for a morning stroll. Visitors attending in early summer will see the garden in all of its glory, and when the stunning Laburnum Arch – a dazzling 55-metre canopy of golden flowers – is in full bloom. There’s a choice of places here to stop and eat. The garden’s Pavillion Tearoom serves a lovely breakfast or there’s the Magnolia Tearoom close to the garden exit. Then the nearby Bodnant Food Centre is full of lots of local treats, perfect for lunch on the go.
For the afternoon, it’s back into Llandudno for a trip to the Great Orme. For those feeling adventurous, there’s the dry slopes of Ski Llandudno. But for something more relaxed, a trip up the headland via the Great Orme Tramway is the answer. Once at the top, visitors get a stunning panoramic view of the coast.
No trip to the seaside would be complete though without some fish and chips by the beach. So for the evening, enjoy a stroll along the Victorian seafront and watch the sun go down with a chippy tea. Chish’n’Fips on Victoria Street or Fish Tram Chips on Old Road are tidy choices.
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