For those who haven’t ventured to this quaint town you will be extremely surprised by its beauty and history. With so many attractions available we at Make a Bucket List think this should be on everyone’s to do list.
Set in a picturesque quayside, with stunning mountains in the background and surrounded by the ruins of Conwy castle, this is the perfect place for a day out or even a starting point to discover the splendour of North Wales.
Time for a bit of history; Built for Edward I, by Master James of St George, the castle is amongst the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain. From the grandeur of its high towers and curtain walls to its excellent state of preservation. An estimated £15,000 was spent building the castle, the largest sum Edward spent in such a short time on any of his Welsh castles between 1277 and 1307. Money well spent.
Two barbicans (fortified gateways), eight massive towers and a great bow-shaped hall all sit within its distinctive elongated shape, due in part to the narrow rocky outcrop on which the castle stands. You won’t find Edward’s concentric ‘walls within walls’ here. They weren’t needed. The rock base was enough security in itself.
Today Conwy castle is an amazing attraction, with both the historical element and breath-taking views across the bay and mountains. Imagine life in medieval times and visit the great hall, chambers, kitchens and even the royal chapel.
The price of entry for adults is £6.75 and children £5.10, please be aware that due to the slopes and steps required to get to parts of the castle, visitors with disabilities may struggle to manoeuvre around.
Smallest House in Great Britain
On the quayside of Conwy you will find a piece of history you wouldn’t expect, namely the smallest house in Great Britain. The house measures just over 3metres by 1.8 metres and was occupied by various residents since the 16th century. Ironically the last resident of the house was 6’ 3”, which would have made it difficult to live in.
You can pay a small fee to enter the house, looking around the rooms and listening to an audio recording explaining some of the history. To add to the historic feeling during opening hours an attendant is found outside the building dressed in traditional Welsh costume.
In the narrow streets of Conwy stands Plas Mawr, or ‘The Great Hall’ which was built between 1576 and 1585 for an influential Welsh merchant.
The tall, lime rendered walls reflect the status of its builder as does its richly decorated interior. But do not let this rugged exterior deceive you, for within it is rich in ornamentation. Plas Mawr is an architectural gem, the finest surviving town house of the Elizabethan era to be found anywhere in Britain.
Entrance fee for adults is £5.75, and you can buy a special pass which covers both the castle and Plas Mawr.
Explore Conwy and Llandudno with City Sightseeing
The splendid Welsh resorts of Llandudno and Conwy lie between two gorgeous beaches and have retained much of their Victorian charm. Hop on board with your 24 hour ticket and enjoy panoramic views from the top deck of an open top bus as you explore the two locations.
Let City Sightseeing highlight all the things to do and see in these beautiful seaside towns. With prices from £8.00 for adults and £4.00 for children what better way to enjoy these hidden gems.
Hopefully this will help you plan your trip but for more information please click here for Conwys tourist page.