Conwy Town is a World Heritage Site with an imposing 13th century castle and walls. Neighbouring Llandudno is a popular seaside town that sees thousands of visitors every year. Take a look at our guide to the top attractions in and around these towns, which you can explore when staying at our Conwy holiday parks throughout the coming year.
Together, the two towns have a host of attractions that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. When you are in search of a more relaxing day, there are the Blue Flag beaches of Colwyn Bay and Llandudno Beach, with several other quiet stretches of sand. What’s more, is the towns are within easy reach of other North Wales destinations, such as Snowdonia National Park, the Isle of Anglesey and other seaside towns such as Rhyl and Prestatyn.
The grand lawns, terraces and quiet corners of Bodnant Garden make for a lovely day out. You can discover the stunning plant collections of every colour and shape, which bring the garden to life no matter the time of year. It is easy to sit back and relax in the horticultural wonder of Bodnant and feel like you haven’t seen it all and can find something new on each visit.
Welsh Mountain Zoo
High above Colwyn Bay, the Welsh Mountain Zoo offers panoramic views of the Bay, along with the amazing creatures. The whole family is sure to love learning about the rare and endangered species from Britain and around the world, including some adorable red pandas and fierce Sumatran tigers. There are talks and feedings throughout the day, so there is always something to see and do at the conservation zoo.
Smallest House in Great Britain
The Smallest House in Great Britain can be found nestled at the end of a terrace on Conwy’s quayside. The bright red house is hard to miss, despite its small size. You only need to pop your head in to have a look around the recently refurbished house and well worth a minute of your time. Visitors are often impressed by the atmosphere and clever use of space. The house was occupied until 1900 and has had visitors from all over the world.
Llandudno North Shore Beach
Llandudno is Wales’s largest resort, situated between the Great and Little Orme, and has two award-winning beaches, the principal being the North Shore Beach. The sheltered beach with a long Victorian pier and wide promenade is great for families. In the summer, there are Punch and Judy shows, ice cream, donkey rides and live music from the bandstand.
Travel back in time at Conwy Castle, discovering what North Wales was like in the past. Built in the late 13th century, the castle was meant to dominate and intimidate, and still does, as it towers above the town, with the rugged skyline of Snowdonia in the distance. You can clamber up the eight towers, look down over Conwy and the river, and imagine what life used to be like as you wander the Great Hall and King’s Apartments. After seeing the castle, it will be no surprise to know that Conwy Castle is considered one of the best medieval castles in Europe.
Conwy RSPB Nature Reserve
Get closer to the amazing nature and wildlife at Conwy’s RSPB nature reserve. In the wetland, you can search for frogs and dragonflies in the summer or marvel at the thousands of the water birds in winter. Stop by the visitor centre to try quizzes and enjoy a cup of coffee. The reserve also hosts activity days through the year which kids and adults are sure to enjoy!
Go Below Underground Adventures
Have an experience like no other at Go Below, near Betws-y-Coed. Journey under a mountain via a series of caves. There are zip-lines across under-water lakes, you can climb up vertical shafts, and boat across the lakes, scale waterfalls and abseil down abandoned mines. The attraction is perfect for thrill-seeking families and being underground, Go Below is open all year round, no matter the weather!
Zip World Fforest
Another adrenaline fuelled attraction is Zip World, not far from Betws-y-Coed. In the woodland setting, take a trip through the tree canopies via zip wire! There are plenty of different ones to try, from the zip safari in the canopy of the trees to the Plummet Tower, which has a 31 metres tree parachute simulator. Zip World Fforest also has a giant swing and a junior trail for children aged 4-8.
The Great Orme Country Park
The Great Orme is Llandudno’s mini-mountain, and hard to miss! The headland is a massive chunk of limestone rising 207 metres out of the sea, and its name means ‘sea monster’. A great way to see the Great Orme is by cable car or tram, which takes you right to the top, and offers amazing views of the sea and the town of Llandudno. The visitor centre (closed in winter) is a great source of information about the Orme, giving you knowledge about the geology, wildlife and history of the spectacular headland, thought to be around 350 million years old.
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