7 things to do in Conwy
PUBLISHED: 00:00 27 April 2016
A beautiful town that punches above its weight
Conwy Yacht Charter
Conwy Yacht Charter will make your dreams of a life on the ocean wave a reality. You can charter the luxurious 47 foot Mehala for a day (longer trips are available) and take your friends out for a sensational sailing adventure. Imagine exploring hidden coves and breathtaking scenery, as you sail into the sunset. It’s all too fabulous.
The North Wales coast has some spectacular scenery and wildlife and this is an uber-luxurious way to see it. From seals and seabirds to dolphins and porpoises, it’s a nature lover’s delight.
Owner Jackie Arnold even has a ladies only package, where you can learn to sail, or sit back, sip champagne and watch the light dance on the water. Now that’s what we call the ultimate treat.
Brew your own
Design your own beer at Conwy’s brewery. You’ll spend the day with brewers coming up with a recipe for your ale and work in the small-scale mini brewery to create your own unique brew. Lunch is provided and you’ll get six cases of your own beer ready to drink four weeks later.
The brewery also offers visitors the chance to be a brewer for a day and shadow a brewer, help out with the duties and learn all about the brewing process.
For more information visit 01492 514 305 www.conwybrewery.co.uk
Conwy Castle is of course a must-see but now you can get a new perspective with the new art installations here that have been inspired by this landmark’s medieval history.
When King Edward I built Conwy Castle in the late 13th century it was intended to dominate and intimidate – and it’s still doing its job, competing with Snowdonia’s rugged skyline and winning the battle for our attention. Is there another castle in Wales that evokes the atmosphere of medieval times so well?
Climb to the top of one of Conwy’s eight towers and gaze at the commanding views across the estuary of the River Conwy and down in to the town itself
Apart from the absence of roofs, the interior is largely intact, especially the Great Hall and King’s Apartments. It’s little wonder that Conwy is up there with the great castles of medieval Europe.
The fortress is a World Heritage Site, along with the town’s three-quarter-mile ring of town walls, which completely enclose the original township of narrow streets. You can still follow in the footsteps of the guardians of old as most of the wall walk is open to the public. www.cadw.gov.wales
The Bridge Inn
Spend the night in a bit of Conwy history. The Bridge Inn was originally the mid 19th century Castle View Hotel but by 1895 it had become a Temperance hotel, changing its name in 1899 to the Bridge Hotel. The picture on the outside of the pub depicts Telford’s Suspension Bridge, which is close by. However, Conwy historian Llew Groom says the name is connected with a Mr Bridges, who ran a business from premises just across the road. It may have been Bridges’ Hotel before being altered to the Bridge.
Get spooked at Plas Mawr, one of Britain’s best surviving Elizabethan townhouses, which was built in 1585 for Robert Wynn. Wynn’s two wives, both called Dorothy had premature deaths, the second wife who was pregnant slipped by accident down the stairs and when the doctor was summoned he had to give the bad news that she couldn’t be saved. The story goes that Wynn returned to the room only to find Dorothy dead and the doctor had disappeared, never to be seen again. Apparently the ill-fated medic suffocated in the chimney while trying to escape her husband.
Are Robert Wynn’s second wife and the doctor who tried but failed to save her still trapped in the bedroom? Maybe you’ll see the ghostly face which is said to appear in the doorway or hear the master greeting people with a ghostly ‘hello’.
There are those places which boast of having huge attractions but Conwy has one of the smallest. It’s a house and it’s the smallest in the UK measuring just 72 inches wide by 122 inches high. Unbelievably, it was occupied until 1900 and remains a huge attraction for visitors who marvel at the fact the last inhabitant was a 6ft 3 inch local fisherman called Robert Jones.
Situated on Conwy’s Quayside this national treasure has recently been refurbished and is well worth few minutes of your time. Visitors are impressed by its very special atmosphere we are told and also enjoy hearing about its history. thesmallesthouseingreatbritain.co.uk
Lie back and enjoy a superb treatment at the historic Castle Hotel in Conwy.
You can choose from a comprehensive range of treatments including massage, facial, deep tissue massage, pedicure, manicure aromatherapy and more.
You may even want to indulge in a pamper package for a complete holistic experience.
And of course you could even stay over at this landmark hotel on Conwy’s quayside.
The hotel occupies consecrated land on the site of the famous 12th century Cistercian Abbey and has an illustrious history.
Dedicated by Prince Llewellyn ap Iorweth to the Holy Virgin and All Saints the fraternity of the Abbey ‘had the right of choosing their own Abbots; all wrecks upon their land belonged to them, they were free from all tolls’ and they administered justice among themselves. Some of the walls of the abbey remain to this day and most of St Mary’s and All Saints Church.