Things to do in ConwyPublished on 3 Jun 2016 by Gwion Llwyd
With a foreboding castle set against a mountainous backdrop, the medieval walled town of Conwy has everything on offer: beaches, mountains and bustling villages alongside festivals, art galleries, restaurants and excellent shopping making a great holiday location.
This man-made wave garden creates the perfect waves time after time. A great place to learn to surf or hone your skills. With an additional water climbing wall, onsite cafe, swimming pool, soft play centre, there is plenty to do.
No trip to Conwy is complete without a visit to the castle – its impressive structure is sure to keep you and the family entertained going around and immersing yourself in the history that comes with it.
CONWY VALLEY MAZE
The worlds largest garden maze will keep you and the family entertained for hours! £5 per person.
GREENWOOD FOREST PARK< Voted the best family attraction North Wales it offers a great day out – mini theme park alongside the great outdoors! WELSH MOUNTAIN ZOO
Spend a lovely day learning about the many rare and endangered species from Britain and around the world including Snow Leopards, Chimpanzees, Red Pandas and Sumatran Tigers!
An 80 acre garden with expansive lawns, grand ponds and impressive terraces, a steep wooded valley and stream, as well as awe-inspiring plant collections.
WEST SHORE BEACH
Located in nearby Llandudno, it offers the full promenade experience…beach, ice cream, games and fish and chips!
ZIP WORLD has offers 10 incredible activities in North Wales…
- Blaenau Ffestiniog is where you will find Bounce Below (an underground trampoline experience), Zip World Caverns (an incredible, underground exploring activity) and Titan (first 4 people zip line).
- Conwy Valley is home to Zip Safari (a series of 23 zip lines through the trees), Plummet (jump from a 100ft tower), Skyride (Europe’s highest 5 seater swing), Treetop Nets (nets suspended in trees 60ft above the ground to run around in), Fforest Coaster (an alpine coaster that runs throug the forest at exhilarating speeds) and Tree Hoppers (a woodland experience for younger ones).
- Bangor is where you will find Velocity (the fastest zipline in the world and the longest in Europe).
THE NATIONAL WHITE WATER CENTRE on the river Tryweryn in Bala offers one of the best places in the country to white water raft. The water levels are dam-controlled meaning its rapids still thunder down the river during the summer months so you will never be disappointed by the conditions.
The walks in the surrounding area are both incredible and numerous and whilst in the area, you absolutely should take advantage of this. For some ideas of where to walk, you might be interested in these websites:
Mud and Routes is a great information resource for walking in the area. Simply enter where you would like to walk and it will give you some tried and tested routes.
Geocaching is popular in this neck of the woods and if you love a treasure hunt, then this is a great way to while away an afternoon.
If your interested in tackling Snowdon itself while you are here, then here is a simple guide on how to do it: Our very own ‘Really Simple Walking Guide Up Snowdon’
BEDDGELERT AND GWYDYR FORESTS
These parks and woodlands all have a host of walks and cycle paths avaible to you. They vary from 9km to 21km.
Based just north of Dolgellau, this forest (Coed) is mountain biking heaven. Ranging from routes for beginners to the more advanced it is fantastic. Free to get in, you can either rent a bike there or take your own. If not all the party are up for cycling, there are also wonderful walks; take a picnic as there are lots of picnic tables or there is also a cafe that serves food.
Uplift and downhill MBT trails.There are 4 trails for both novice and advanced riders. Its costs £27.50 for the day. You will need to pre-book a space and you can hire bikes there. Again there is a cafe and other activities on offer.
THE OLD WHITE HOUSE is a traditional pub offering good food. YE OLD BULL INN is a family run pub offering an extensive pub menu
THE BLUE BELL is a local’s pub – good for a drink and they offer food too.
BRYN MORFA is a great traditional Welsh and British menu made with locally sourced food.
AlLFREDO offers Italian in a friendly and family friendly environment.
WATSONS BISTRO is open from breakfast through to dinner and offers a great bistro menu.
THE PRESS ROOM offers light lunches and cakes.
L’s COFFEE AND BOOKS is a cosy atmosphere offering breakfast and lunch and received a certificate of excellence.
TIME CAFE BAR is a great barista style coffee bar.
FISH AND CHIPS
THE GALLEON FISH AND CHIPS has great fish and chips
PARISELLA it is…….
- Llys Medig, 23 Castle Street, Conwy TEL: 01492 592424
- Many places locally only accept cash and so make sure you have enough on hand.
- HSBC: 1 Lancaster Square, Conwy LL32 8HT
- Natwest: Castle Street, Conwy LL32 8WY
- SPAR is located in Conwy itself
- TESCO’s and CO-OP are in Llandudno
The Conwy Valley railway runs from Llandudno Junction, through Conwy and through up to Blaenau where you can get connections to Porthmadog and Dolgellau:
There are a number of bus services that run through Conwy taking you around Snowdonia:
- local taxi firms include:
- CASTLE CABS – 01492 593398
- ROGERS – 01492 572224
If there’s anything I’ve missed or you have any comments please stick them in the comments box below. We’d love to hear from you.
And of course, if you’re looking for some holiday cottages in the area please visit