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
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
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!
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 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
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!
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.
The property is over three floors, with a shop underneath and a large balcony area near the front door. Upon entering the
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 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.
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!
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!
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.
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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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,
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.
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 e
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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
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!
Thanks for reading,