Holiday House Conwy - Go to Conwy: The perfect destination for a last minute holiday
If you are anything like me, Christmas already feels like months ago and I’m ready to start planning my next adventure! If you can’t wait until the summer and fancy a few days away you should consider a weekend – or longer! - in Conwy, North Wales. This beautiful world heritage town, which is sandwiched between the coast and the mountains, is the perfect place to blow the cobwebs away and get away from it all for a few days. Here are a few suggestions of my perfect spring day out in North Wales.
Go to the beach
Number one for me is always going to the beach. Even though I have lived here for nearly fourteen years I never tire of the sea views, sea air and even dipping my toes into the (slightly!) chilly sea waves. Build a huge sandcastle, go for walk, have a game of rounders, or if you are braver than me bring your wetsuit and go for a surf! There are a huge number of beaches to choose from just a short drive away. Conwy Morfa beach is a great for paddling or flying a kite or one of my all time favourite spots is Newborough beach on Anglesey. The pine forests, sand dunes, huge sandy bay and stunning Llanddwyn Island make this a truly magical spot.
Go back in time
Even if you love the beach you probably don’t want to spent your entire holiday with sand between their toes – especially in March! If you want to experience a bit of Welsh history or culture, or you are looking for somewhere to take mini knights or dragon hunters for a family day out, you will be please to know that we also have our fair share of spectacular castles in North Wales. Literally next door to Castle Reach you will find the impressive fortress of Conwy Castle. Climb to the top of the eight massive towers and explore the King’s Great Chamber.
If you are happy to travel a little further you can visit Edward I’s other castles at Caernarfon, Harlech and Beaumaris. Or for something a little bit different take a trip underground to the Great Orme Bronze Age Copper Mines or the Sygun Copper Mines in Beddgelert.
Go for an adventure
Deservedly so, North Wales has a reputation for being the adventure capital of the UK. If miles of coast where you can paddleboard, sail or kayak and a mountainous National Park perfect for hiking, mountain biking and climbing isn’t enough you can fly though the air on the world’s fastest zipline or catch some waves at the world’s first inland surf lagoon. If the weather isn’t on your side head to Go Below for an unforgettable underground adventure.
Image from Adventure Parc Snowdonia.
Go out with the kids
North Wales is super child friendly. From sea and mountain zoos to farms and adventure playgrounds there is plenty to keep the little ones amused. A firm favourite for our kids is a trip to Greenwood Family Park where you will find the world’s only people powered roller coaster amongst water slides, bouncy pillows, sledges and boats. Visit the traditional seaside town of Llandudno where you can treat yourself to a family ski lesson, go climbing, caving or abseiling at The Boathouse, take a tram up the Great Orme or walk along the longest pier in Wales.
Go for a walk
Nothing blows the cobwebs away like a good blustery British walk! Whilst you are spoilt for choice with a huge number of fantastic coastal, woodland and mountainous footpaths and trails one of my favourite walks is up Conwy mountain. It’s more a ‘hill’ than a mountain, but you will still be rewarded with fantastic sea views from the top. It is made all the more beautiful when the gorgeous heather and wild flowers are out. Keep an eye out for the beautiful wild Carneddau ponies that roam wildly on these hills. Once on the top of Conwy mountain if you fancy stretching your legs and getting a bigger lungful of fresh sea and mountain air keep following the North Wales Coastal Path over the Sychnant Pass towards the villages of Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan.
If you would rather not go quite so far ‘up’ head to Bodlondeb Woods on the southern bank of the Conwy estuary where you can let the kids run wild on the orienteering course or follow one of the pushchair friendly trails and spot some birds and wildlife at the Conwy RSBP reserve.
Conwy is a beautiful town and has more than enough to keep you entertained for a few days without getting in the car.
Even if you don’t visit the castle you should still walk on the castle walls (which are free) and enjoy the fantastic views of the surrounding sea and mountains. Any history lovers should also visit the National Trust’s Aberconwy House or Conwy Suspension Bridge. Alternatively head down to the quayside where the kids can go crabbing or spot some wildlife on one of the boat trips. Visit the smallest house in Britain and quench your thirst at the Liverpool Arms whilst watching the boats bob about in the sea. On the way back up to Castle Reach buy some world-famous Conwy mussels and cook up a feast for dinner. Or head out to one of the many bars and restaurants literally on your doorstep.
Castle Reach still has some availability for Spring and Easter holidays this year. Whether you are after sand, mountains, history, adventure or you just fancy hunting down the Welsh Easter bunny, Castle Reach is a fantastic place to come on holiday. You can find more information or book your holiday here.