By Jack Feeney
There are so many things to do in Conwy, but here are the top 10.
Scout for wildlife at RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve
The Conwy RSPB Nature Reserve, is a wetland on the east bank of the Conwy estuary, and home to a plethora of wonderful wildlife.
Conquer the towers of Conwy Castle
Few buildings of this age have survived in such pristine condition, which gives visitors a rare chance to get an authentic snapshot of Wales’ medieval past. The real highlight on a visit here is climbing to the top of any of its eight imposing towers for a breathtaking view of the surroundings.
Snap a selfie in front of Britain’s smallest house
This blink-and-you-miss-it landmark is probably painted red for a reason – if it weren’t, you could spend hours searching for it. The miniature property is just 72 inches wide and 122 inches high and was once home, believe it or not, to a fisherman more than six feet tall.
Eat an ice cream on a Victorian pier
In between the doses of nostalgia from childhood trips to the beach, indulge in some fish and chips and an ice cream from one of the stalls that line the long Victorian walkway in Llandudno.
Ride up the Great Orme
One beautiful limestone headland; two fun ways to climb it. First, the Great Orme Tramway – a scenic way to reach the Orme’s summit via a cable-pulled Victorian carriage. The second is on a Llandudno cable car, which lifts passengers hundreds of feet in the air and provides a jaw-dropping panoramic view of the seaside and mountains.
Search for Wonderland on the Alice Town Trails
One of the magical creations in Llandudno is this homage to the town’s link to the famous Lewis Carroll story. Dozens of bronze-case rabbit footprints lead a trail past some wonderful Alice in Wonderland sculptures, which make for lovely photos. It starts outside the Tourist Information Centre on Mostyn Street.
Have a cream tea at Tu Hwnt i’r Bont
While not in Conwy town itself, a trip must be made to Tu Hwnt i’r Bont and one of the area’s most beautiful buildings. Now an idyllic tea room, a canopy of leaves coats the front of this 15th-century farmhouse.
Take a stroll through Bodnant Garden
Bodnant Garden is widely regarded as one of Wales’ finest gardens attracting many visitors every year. The impressive 80-acre outdoor space is famous for its grand Italian-style terraces, breathtaking wild flower meadows and immaculately-kept lawns.
Ride the waves at Surf Snowdonia
Surfers will love Adventure Parc Snowdonia, a purpose-built surfing lagoon near Dolgarrog. Surf is always up as the artificial facility generates a constant thrashing of waves. Alternatively, thrillseekers can ditch the board and get catapulted into the water via a massive air-filled float.
Sink a pint at The Albion Ale House
Following a string of CAMRA North Wales pub of the year award wins, you would do well to find a more homely place than The Albion Ale House. Of course, with high praise from a real ale association, the selection of local brews is plentiful. It’s found on Upper Gate Street.
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