Holiday House Conwy - Things To Do
Whether you love the seaside or the mountains, castles or cafes, adrenaline adventures or simply relaxing and enjoying the beautiful scenery, there is something for everyone to do on holiday here. My husband and I and our three children live a ten minute drive from Conwy. The laid back environment, proximity to the stunning coast and mountains and the huge amount of fun, family friendly activities on offer is why we love living here so much. Here are a few of our favourite activities. More information is left inside the holiday house. If you visit my Facebook page you will find up to date information of local events and activities taking place.
Conwy Castle is without doubt one of the most impressive Welsh castles. It was built for Edward I between 1283 and 1289. There are two fortified gateways and eight massive towers. Most of the towers can be climbed giving a fantastic view of the sea and mountains. For free you can walk on the high castle walls which can be accessed at several different points in Conwy.
Conwy quayside is the perfect place for a gentle stroll, taking the kids crabbing or eating an ice cream whilst admiring the view. Alternatively you can buy some of the world famous Conwy mussels or visit the smallest house in Britain. Boat trips that run up and down the Conwy estuary can also be caught here. The Liverpool Arms, situated on the quayside, is a perfect place to quench your thirst.
Conwy Morfa, the closest beach, is less than five minutes drive away. The large sandy bay makes it a great spot for sandcastles and paddling. It is also has a marina, is good for fishing and is next to a golf course. There are numerous other beaches nearby.
Conwy RSBP, situated on the banks of the Conwy estuary, has fantastic views of Conwy Castle and Snowdonia. The reserve is very family friendly with a network of pushchair friendly trails with viewpoints and hides as well as activities to help you look out for birds and other nature.
The Surrounding Area
One of the most popular activities for people visiting Conwy is walking. Just behind Conwy is the Sychnant Pass, one of Conwy's best kept secrets. It is the most northern part of the Snowdonia National Park and has many stunning walks, including part of the North Wales Path, which winds for 60 miles between Bangor and Prestatyn along the coast. There are also some fantastic walks up mountains, in forests or along beaches. The area is also popular with mountain bikers. As well as having some great cross country routes there are several mountain biking tracks including the Marin and Penmachno trails near Betws y Coed, Llandegla near Wrexham and Coed y Brenin in mid Wales. If you bring your own bikes on holiday they can be locked in the enclosed area at the back of the house.
Five miles away is Bodnant Gardens a very popular National Trust property. The 80 acres of beautiful gardens is situated above the River Conwy. Just down the road from here is the multi-award winning Bodnant Welsh Food Centre which includes a farm shop, cafe, resturant and cookery school.
The Victorian seaside town of Llandudno is less than five miles from Conwy. Not only will you find all major shops, a swimming pool and a theatre here, but you can also have a go at ski-ing on the dry ski slope, ride a taboggan or snow tube down the Great Orme, take a tram or cable car up to the summit of the Great Orme, walk along the longest Pier in Wales and enjoy a donkey ride on the beach (summer only).
A visit to the island of Anglesey, less than half an hours drive away, cannot be missed on a trip to north Wales. Anglesey is perhaps most famous for the 125 miles of beautiful coastline, making it the perfect place for a range of water based activities, or just simply relaxing on one of the beautiful sandy beaches and taking in the scenery. Rhosneiger, a popular surfing and windsurfing spot, is a great place to catch a few waves, or simply look round the shops and have an ice cream. There is a surf school here called Gecko. Newborough forest and beach is a great place to have a leisurely bike ride in the stunning pineforests, followed by a BBQ and a swim in the sea. Beaumaris and Menai Bridge are two popular seaside towns with great views, shops and plenty of places to eat.
Welsh Highland Railway
The Welsh Highland Railway is one of the best ways of seeing the incredible scenery of the Snowdonia National park. The steam trains travel along the 25 mile long restored heritage railway that runs between Caernarfon and Porthmadog.
Llanberis and Snowdon
Llanberis, just over half an hour away, is the most popular place for walkers to start the assent up Snowdon. You can also catch the train to the top of Snowdon from here (summer months only). Alternatively, you can take the Llanberis lake railway along the north shore of lake Padarn, take an underground tour in Electric Mountain, a massive hydro electric power station that is built inside the mountains, or visit the slate mine museum.
The magical village of Portmeirion is about an hours drive away on the west coast. Portmeirion was designed and built by Sir Clough Willimas-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village. The village has a mediterranean feel with beautiful colourful buildings set within 70 acres of exotic woodland with easy to follow woodland trails and coastal walks.
Betws y Coed
Zip World Fforest, in Betws y Coed, is an idyllic woodland with a variety of adventure activities. You can go on a Zip safari where you will zip between the trees, bounce through the trees on Treetop nets, Skyride through the air on a giant swing, or sledge through the forest on the Fforest coaster! You can finish this off with a lovely cup of tea and cake in one of the numerous cafes in Betws y Coed and a spot of shopping in the outdoor shops. Younger children will love a train ride on the miniature railway. The Marin and Penmachno mountain bike trails, just outside Betws y Coed, are a must for mountain bike lovers, and there are numerous walks starting in and around the village too.
If you are after some adrenaline adventure why not try the fastest zip line in the world at Zipworld in Bethesda. Or you can catch some waves at Surf Snowdonia, the only inland surf lagoon in the UK, just 15 minutes from Conwy. Alternatively, visit Bounce Below, an amazing underground playground in a network of caverns once home to a Victorian mine.