Exploring North Wales: Snowdonia and Conwy

There is much to explore and see in North Wales, from castles to tiny houses and ancient monuments to breath-taking landscapes. If climbing Snowdon Mountain is not what you are looking for, you may want to start your day in the charming village of Betws y Coed. Snowdonia and the Conwy Valley has something for everyone.

Castles and Walls of Conwy 

Climb the top of the 8 castle towers and enjoy breath-taking views over Conwy. Or discover the castle walls with the 21 towers surrounding the castle. Conwy is guarded by an imposing 12th- century castle. Edward I had the massive fortress built with city walls in just five years.

The Tiniest House in the Country 

If you drive by car along the rugged north coast, past crooked slate houses, lush meadows and countless sheep, you end up in the bustling community of Conwy. At the edge of the town is home to the smallest house in the UK, a small, red house of dimensions: 3 x 1.80 metres. The building, known as Quay House, was last inhabited by Robert Jones, who was interestingly nearly 2 meters tall. Come in and discover the smallest house in the country.

Plas Mawr 

This stunning 16th century townhouse, located in the heart of Conwy, is considered one of the finest buildings of its era.

With expansive lawns and cuddly corners, great ponds and impressive terraces, a steeply sloping, wooded and streamed valley and an amazing collection of plants, ever changing fascinating colour worlds arise.

Bodnant Welsh Food Centre 

Welsh food is celebrated here: fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, wine, cider and beer from the region can be found in this warm farm shop with a tea room, a restaurant and a cooking school. Accommodation is also offered – perfect for participants of the cooking classes.

Conwy Quay 

At Conwy Quay you can sit for hours and watch the world go by – maybe with a portion of fish and chips or a beer from the pub Liverpool Arms.

RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve 

Conwy Nature Reserve is a great place for the whole family – there is a plethora of flora and fauna to see, including birds of all types and sizes.

The Royal Cambrian Academy of Art 

Located in the city centre, this gallery makes art fun, with its visual art, vivid exhibitions and educational programs. The Harbour Gallery and Potters Gallery are also worth a visit.

Aberconwy House 

Built in the 14th century, it is the only medieval merchant house that has survived the tumultuous history of the city for almost six centuries. The upper storey of the building is timber-framed and is believed to have been finished in the fifteenth century.

The Albion Ale House 

This 1920 pub offers local beers and a relaxed atmosphere for its guests. It was also named one of the best pubs in the world by the Guardian newspaper.

The Cottage Loaf 

The rustic pub serves hearty food and delicious craft beer. However, you should not be late: At half past 12 at night, the bell rings for the last round behind the wood-panelled counter. Many of the pub visitors will order several beers, so as not to sit on dry land.

South Stack Lighthouse 

Lighthouse fans are in for a treat: the rugged shores of Holy Island are best for watching stunning sunsets. In the far west of is the South Stack Lighthouse, warning ships along the rugged coastline. South Stack Lighthouse was built by Trinity House in 1809. At a height of 41 metres, it is one of the most spectacular light houses in Wales.

The Longest Place Name in Europe 

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch or Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll is the place name at the 3000-plus municipality in Anglesey. The name was written on the tin sign of the single-track station of the town, which is translated in Welsh as Saint Mary’s Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio of the red cave.