Conwy, Wales – A 3-Day Travel Diary

Hello and Bore da (good morning). Today’s post is all about my recent trip I took to Conwy in North Wales. A travel diary as such.

You may have seen on my Packing Tips post that I was getting ready for a trip to Wales for a few days. Well I am back and ready to share my experience on this wonderful part of the UK. Prepare for a photo heavy post, as everything just looked beautiful, even in the rain we had. Without further adue, here is my 3 day travel diary to the wonderful Conwy!

Day 1:

Day one was travel day where we drove down from Leeds. Setting off at around 10 a.m we headed down the M62 and A55, deciding to stop at another Welsh town on the way. Our place of choice was Colwyn Bay. Now to say it was wet and windy is an understatement, but we did have some breakthrough of sunshine, and could walk along the long promenade.
As it was nearing lunch time, we stopped at ‘The Toad’ for a spot of lunch. Mini fish and chips were our choices of lunch, especially since we were beside the sea. Beautiful home cooked in a beer batter, it was the perfect choice for lunch. Since it was in the lunch deal, it only cost £7 too!

A floor sign in Colwyn Bay detailing when the first train station opened.
Fish and chips with slightly mashed peas and tartar sauce in a small dish on a red plate.

After lunch we thought we would have a bit of a walk along the promenade to take in the sights of Colwyn Bay. As we discovered Colwyn Bay was more up hill, and there wasn’t much along the front, apart from road works! Our walk also took us into another seaside town of Rhos-on-Sea.

View of Rhos-on-Sea area of North Wales, including the town in the distance and the beach / sea area.

Again we didn’t see much of the town, but did admire the long promenade. As we had walked so far, we decided to head back to the car and onto or destination of Conwy.

Conwy:

Conwy Town is a beautiful historic town in North Wales with a harbour, castle and quaint streets. We knew we had to head here when we saw the pictures! It is a great base for both exploring the town, as well as neighbouring towns like Llandudno and further a field in North Wales. It is also home to lots of historical attractions and is one of the most popular places to visit in Wales.

Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes drive from Leeds to Conwy, give or take, and dependent on how busy the motorways are. The drive isn’t as scenic as it could have been, but then again that is motorway driving for you. Entering the town the famous Conwy Castle and the surrounding walls greet you. Most streets are one way, so it is easy enough to navigate around the town. Although, it took us a few attempts to locate our Airbnb!

Statue of a knight on a pedestal in Conwy Town centre.

Where We Stayed:

Scouring through Airbnb, we stumbled across this lovely property aptly named Castleview Townhouse hosted by the lovely Samantha. This townhouse is in a wonderful location in Conwy, being right on the high street above one of the shops. Beautiful views of the high street from the front of the property with further stunning views of the nearby church and castle in the distance from the back of the property.

View of Conwy high street through the window of the living room of Castle View townhouse

The property is over three floors, with a shop underneath and a large balcony area near the front door. Upon entering the town house there is a utility area and a downstairs toilet. Up a small flight of stairs you come to the main hallway leading to both the kitchen, lounge and a small storage cupboard. The steps to the next floor are on your right.

The kitchen has a stove, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, kettle. You name it! Definitely well equipped. In the middle is a large table that will seat 6 people. Beautifully decorated and the perfect space for breakfast, or even cooking your evening meal.

The kitchen of Castle View townhouse, with large wooden table in the middle, and kitchen counters around the edge.

The lounge was spacious too, with several sofas and seats. A large TV at one side of the room, with a bookcase filled with books, dvds and board games to keep you entertained should the weather turn bad and puts a damper on your exploring.

View of the living room at Castle View Townhouse, complete with x3 leather sofas and a fabric armchair. Stove stlye fire and TV in the distance.

The Sleeping Quarters:

The next floor up hosts the bathroom, a twin room and a bedroom with a king-sized bed. This is the room I stayed, with views of the castle and church. A great room with the comfiest bed I have slept in, complete with feather filled duvet and pillows!

King Size bed in one of the bedrooms of Castle View Townhouse in Conwy, Wales

The bathroom is modern and well equipped with a bath and separate shower cubicle. There is even a Laura Ashley room and linen spray for you to use!

Up to the final floor is the grandest bedroom. A King-Size four poster bed greets you as you walk in, with a chaise lounge to one side of the room. Not only do you have this wonderful bed, but you also have even more wonderful views of the castle, church and surrounding area. Perfect!

Four-poster King size bed at the Castle View town House, Conwy
View of conwy castle and curch from a window of the Castle View Townhouse

A perfect base for exploring Conwy and the surrounding areas.

Day 1 End:

Still full from our lunch, we decided to explore a little bit of Conwy. Navigating the quaint streets we came across the quayside. Following this around we took an approximately 20-minute walk to reach Conwy Marina. Filled with various boats, yachts and a few shops. I had heard about Mulberry before visiting Wales, so we decided to check it out. Still full from our lunch, we only sampled a drink, but the food looked and sounded lovely. A lovely place to relax, unwind and take in the views of the marina.

Archway to the quayside of Conwy
The marina of Conwy, with several boats, yachts and jet skis in shot
Inside the Mulberry - Pint and glass of wine with the window in the background showing the marina

Heading back into the town before the daylight faded, we sampled a few more drinks in the local pubs. The Bank of Conwy*, and The Blue Bell* are places of choice, before heading to the local take away for a pizza 🙈.
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The Bank of Conwy wine bar inside - multicoloured bar chairs lined up against the window

Day 2 – Exploring Conwy:

Day 2 was a much better day for exploring the town of Conwy. We were lucky enough to have sunshine for most of the day. The only downside was that the wind was quite strong! There were attractions on my list of things to do, but unfortunately because it was the start of March most are closed until late March / early April. Gutted! These included Plas Mwar, the Suspension Bridge and the smallest house in Britain. I guess this means I will have to do another trip to see these places!

The smallest house in Britain

Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle was on my list of things to explore, I mean you can’t go to Conwy and not visit the castle, can you?!
Now, the castle was built by Master James of St George for Edward I way back in the 13th Century. So it is pretty old! The build cost around £15,000 which converts to over £45million in today’s terms, so not a cheap make either. Consisting of eight towers, and large halls the castle is well worth an explore. You can climb to the top of some of the towers and see magnificent views of Conwy and the surrounding areas. Due to the wind, reaching the top of some of the towers was a struggle, as the wind was so strong. If you are lucky you will also be able to see the king’s head, which is still in residence, in the form of a metal structure in the royal apartments.

View of Conwy castle from a distance. Boats on the quayside in shot
View looking up at the side of Conwy Castle
One of the towers of Conwy castle
View from the castle, overlooking Conwy Town
View from Conwy castle over looking the suspension bridge and trainline
Metal structure of the King's head floating at Conwy Castle.

Tickets cost £9.50 per person, however, you can buy a joint ticket to access Plas Mawr for £11.50. We didn’t buy joint tickets because Plas Mawr wasn’t open, but this would be a good discounted price if it was. Prices vary for children, students, and seniors. So if you decide to visit be sure to check which admin price would be best for you. If you are a member of the National Trust, you either get entrance for free or at a discounted price.

Castle Walls:

As well as exploring Conwy castle, you can also explore the town from the view of the town walls. Part of the wall actually leads up to the castle, so it is perfect to explore both together. Walking the town walls is free and can be accessed from various points around the town. The walls offer further great views of Conwy and beyond. The only downside to the walls is the access via stairs and some parts are quite steep, so may not be best for people with walking difficulties or small children. I would worry as well with small children as some of the railings are not that high either. The wind didn’t deter us from exploring these, but we did have to hold onto the rails at some parts.

Woman sat on the town walls of Conwy is a striped jumper and purple jeans
View of train tracks through Conwy Town Walls

Lunch:

We decided to try one of the local pubs for lunch, choosing The George & Dragon Pub. A small cosy pub, with a beer garden; a perfect choice for a bite to eat. We remained inside as it wasn’t warm enough to sit in the beer garden. I chose to go for the veggie burger which has beetroot, red pepper and quinoa in it. It was delicious and really tasty. I could taste the freshness of the beetroot as well as the herbs such as mint. A great choice and I felt quite healthy too.

Exterior of the George & Dragon Pub in Conwy

Exploring the Shops:

Conwy high street has several shops to peruse around, some charity shops, some interior design shops and some food shops. We mainly went into the food shops, with the butchers being one of our preferred choices. ‘Edwards of Conwy’ is where we bought a huntsman pie, which is a pork pie with chicken and stuffing on the top. Delicious! It was half price too…bargain! We had this with some Welsh cheese and salad for our tea. The cheese was from a little shop ‘The Cheese Room Deli‘ which has a massive variety of cheese, chutneys, jams and even gin. Very friendly staff greeted us and helped us make a choice on a few Welsh cheddars. Again delicious!

View looking up the highstreet of Conwy
Counter inside Edward's of Conwy Butchers, showcasing various pies

Before settling down for the night we ventured back to the quayside and sampled a seaside ice cream. My flavour of choice -Salted caramel from the lovely Parisella’s, and is a must try as they make delicious ice cream! We took in the sights and dodged the looming seagulls looking for a snack.

Hand holding an ice cream cone infront of the smallest housein Britain

We spent our second night in watching a few films, drinking wine and enjoying our cheese and huntsman pie. The weather had turned, and the rain was coming down by the bucketfuls! In between the rain we had managed to capture the castle lit up in the night sky as well as the multi-coloured lights down by the quayside.

Night at the quayside of Conwy. Multicoloured string lights shine down on lobster pots
Night scene of Conwy Castle

Day 3

Our final day in North Wales. We had to leave our Airbnb by 11, so we were up early and packed the car up. Not quite ready to return back to Leeds we decided to head over to the seaside town of Llandudno. It is only a short drive away from Conwy and is a lovely seaside town.

Llandudno:

Llandudno is a popular seaside town, with large buildings in a Georgian style along the front. It reminded me of Brighton (not that I have been). It is in the Conwy County Borough. There are lots of different attractions to explore here, including the Great Orme Tramway and Cable Car, the Happy Valley Gardens and Llandudno Pier. Unfortunately, the weather was horrendous with heavy rain battering us along the Pier.

View of Llandudno with the beach to the right handside of the shot
Poppy memorial in Llandudno
Mad hatter statue in Landudno
Looking up Llandudno street under a metal canopy

Llandudno Pier

Llandudno has a very long pier and is one of the longest in Wales. There are several shops, cafes and amusements situated along the pier. However, most of the Pier was closed due to it being out of season. We were lucky enough though to be able to grab a warm cup of coffee and cake at one of the cafes at the end of the pier. Attempting to sit outside to take in the view of Llandudno, we had to make a hasty retreat back inside as the heavens opened!

View of Llandudno from the pier
Llandudno pier building with domed roof
Two cups of coffee and bakewell tart on the Llandudno pier
2p machine in an amusement

Lunch

Soaking wet from attempting to leave the pier we sought refuge in one of the amusements, bagging ourselves a few tickets for goodies in the process. I went to my trusty Trip Advisor app to search out a nice place to have lunch before making our way back home to Leeds. Finding ‘The Cottage Loaf’ for some lovely homemade grub, this place did not disappoint! Hands down this had to have been the best steak and ale pie I have ever had! Full chunks of meat (sorry non-meat eaters!) that melted in your mouth in a lovely Conwy ale gravy in a thin and tasty shortcrust pastry. The mash was so smooth and creamy, with fresh carrots and broccoli. The perfect meal to warm up and dry off from the weather outside. Reasonably priced too, coming in at £13.95.

Steak and Conwy Ale pie at The Cottage Loaf

Inside was a lovely cosy feeling, and you could still see the features of a cottage. Art work surrounds the walls and large wooden tables fill the rooms. A stove type fire is here too for the colder days. Staff are super friendly and accommodating. If you are ever in Llandudno then you must try this pub!

Inside view of The Cottage Loaf, Llandudno

Leaving Conwy

After having our food, it was time to leave and say goodbye to Conwy and Wales. A great three day trip, in which I wished I could have seen and done more, but alas it wasn’t to be. I would definitely look into visiting a bit later in the season to be able to visit the attractions I couldn’t and exploring further into North Wales.

Have you ever been to Conwy or North Wales? What did you think of the place?
Let me know in the comments below!

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38 thoughts on “Conwy, Wales – A 3-Day Travel Diary

  1. Conwy looks like such a beautiful place to visit! The historical aspect seems so interesting. I love the fact you were by the sea and of course didn’t miss out on an ice cream in March 🙂 I’ve visited Llandudno before and loved it!

    Emma | http://www.lifeofemmax.co.uk

    1. I had to have ice cream, it’s one of my rules! Luckily it was a bit nicer weather that day so didn’t feel too weird having a bit of frozen goodness!
      I would love to go back and explore a bit more of Llandudno! Conwy is a great base for exploring!
      Thanks for commenting!

      Aimsy xoxo

  2. Great pictures and a really informative post that will come in handy! I’m from South Wales and I’ve never ventured up North but I’d love to especially after reading this. I’m always on the look out for new castles to visit too as they’re my favourite!

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post! I loved taking photos around the town, so much to photograph! I will be putting together a travel vlog too…so keep your eyes out for that!
      I always love to visit castles and old historic sites. Do you have a favourite part to visit in Wales? I have only been to Caernarfon Bay when I was 5, Ruthin and Wrexham last year and now Conwy. Such a beautiful country to visit!

      Aimsy xoxo

  3. What a lovely post! I always love reading about people’s travels! Especially when it’s to a place I don’t know much about! That townhouse you stayed in looks really nice. A good location is always a must for me when staying somewhere on holiday. You took some amazing photos. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post! I love reading about other people’s travels too…gives great inspiration when planning future trips!
      Oh, it was a lovely place to stay, and in the perfect location! I am putting together a travel vlog too, so keep posted for that in the next few weeks!

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. It was a lovely break away, apart from the rain, but you can’t have it all can you?
      Oh, you will not regret visiting if you ever get the chance!
      Thanks for commenting

      Aimsy xoxo

  4. I love reading travel posts like this. Conwy is such a lovely little town! I used to go there when I was younger because it was only about an hour and a half away from where I lived. It’s got so much history!
    Chloe X http://chloelxuise.com

    1. I always love reading what others have done on their travels too! Oh how lucky to visit when you were younger, would have been a fab trip! Definitely a lot of history

      Aimsy xoxo

  5. Aaah another reason for me to visit North Wales! It always looks so beautiful. Looks like your trip was filled with some great food as well!

    Francesca Andrews

    1. You so should visit! It is beautiful. I would have loved to have tried more food, but that can be for next time!

      Aimsy xoxo

  6. Conwy looks gorgeous! Especially those pictures of the castle, they’re amazing! I’d love to visit Wales, it’s definitely close in my list since my boyfriend’s mum is from Wales/he has a Welsh name. Such a small reason for wanting to visit, but I’d love to go with him and I might have to look into Conwy as an option for that castle and the smallest house, too

    Beka | http://www.bekadaisies.com

    1. Conwy is such a nice place to explore! Such a good excuse to visit then You will get plenty of beautiful photos in this town! Would love to see what the smallest house is like inside!
      Thanks for commenting!

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. I haven’t visited many places in Wales but would love to see more after this trip! I bet Cardiff is nice!
      Thanks for commenting!

      Aimsy xoxo

  7. Conwy looks amazing, I love those little houses. They’re so cute! That four poster bed is seriously impressive too, I don’t think I’d want to leave. I can totally see what you mean about Llandudno looking like Brighton too, that was my first thought as well! It sounds like a lovely little break x

    Sophie

    1. The houses are cute aren’t they? Such a lovely little getaway, I definitely didn’t want to leave!
      I’d love to see what Llandudno looks like in the summer sun
      Thanks for commenting.

      Aimsy xoxo

      1. The castle looks so beautiful!!! I have never been to wales however it is on my list of places to visit. Thank you for sharing with us.
        Alyssa
        Thesacredspaceap.com

      2. The castle was great to explore…would highly recommend. Especially for the views from the towers
        Hope you get to visit!

        Aimsy xoxo

    1. Thank you for your comment! It’s nice to find another fellow Conwy lover. I will definitely be visiting again, such a nice place. I think I need to explore a bit more into Wales too!

      Aimsy xoxo

  8. Thanks for such a nice post. The pictures are amazing . I visited Llandudno sometime ago but next time I visit Wales I will visit most of the places.

    1. Glad you liked the post! Llandudno was lovely, apart from the rain! Hope you enjoy visiting these places as much as I did!
      Thanks for commenting!

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. I would love to see more of Wales! Oh, you won’t regret visiting, such a nice place. I bet it was lovely growing up in South Wales!

      Thank you for commenting!

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post and it has made you want to visit this lovely part of the world!
      Thanks for commenting

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Oh, it is a lovely place, even in the wind and rain! I would love to see more parts of Wales, and it is not a long drive really!

      Thanks for commenting, I will be glad when it is the weekend! Hope your week is going well too

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. I thought I would try, although I have to admit, I did have to google it! I didn’t hear much Welsh whilst I was there either! Oh, it is beautiful, such a nice town!

      Aimsy xoxo

  9. Conwy looks like an interesting place to visit. I love that there is a lot to see, the views are gorgeous. I like the oldschool vibes of the town. Pretty cool that you got the place to yourself! Definitely better than a hotel room. Wow, the castle looks amazing! Glad you had fun!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post! Conwy is absolutely wonderful to visit, so much to see and do, and the perfect base to explore further!
      I always prefer to book a home rather than a hotel, unless I am going abroad, then I would more than likely book a hotel. It definitely makes you relax a bit more!
      Thanks for commenting

      Aimsy xoxo

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