We have prepared a short blog post that you may find helpful during your stay in Conwy.
A bit of History
Conwy castle was built by Edward I, during his conquest of Wales, between 1283 and 1289 and the town is fully enclosed by a defensive wall. Our cottage is located inside the town walls, and because Conwy is a small town, everything in the town is accessible on foot within 5 minutes or less.
A Panoramic View
A good way to get your bearings and see the whole town would be to take a walk along the town walls which will give you an incredible panoramic view over the town and the distant Snowdonia mountains.
The closest access point is only 50 meters from the cottage! From the front door, turn left and walk up the road to the Upper Gate archway where there are stairs that take you onto the wall. When on the wall, turn left and keep walking on the wall which will take you down to the river estuary quay and the castle.
For our guests, we will leave a Conwy Town Guide (Which includes a town map) and about 50 pamphlets of interesting places to visit. A visit to the castle is highly recommended.
Additionally, we will leave an ordinance survey map of the area and booklets with loads of popular walks from and around Conwy. These include short and long distances and variable degrees of difficulties.
Food and drink
There are over 20 different eating places in Conwy town serving a wide variety of food and snacks, these comprise of 6 pubs, 2 hotels, one Italian and two Indian restaurants and an excellent selection of cafés and coffee shops. In addition, there are three excellent fish and chip shops with eat in facilities. All less than a five minute walk away!!
Our personal favourites
Eating out (Best to book in advance). For your convenience, the links all open in a new browser window and take you to Trip Advisor reviews. (Excluding the Hesketh Arms as at the time of writing it had recently opened).
- Hesketh Arms pub, restaurant and hotel – Rose Hill Street, 01492 596 535 – 3 minute walk from cottage
- Alfredos Italian restaurant – York place 01492 592 381 – 2 minute walk from cottage
- Raj Indian restaurant – Rose Hill Street, 01492 572 747 – 1 minute walk from cottage
- Amelies restaurant – High Street, 1492 583 142 – 3 minute walk from cottage
- L’s Coffee and Bookshop – High Street – 2 minute walk from cottage
- Illy Coffee shop – High Street – 3 minute walk from cottage
- Tower Coffee House – Castle Square – 3 minute walk from cottage
If you are a lover of chocolate, there is an artisan chocolatier, Baravelli’s less than 100 meters from the cottage on Bangor Road at the bottom of Upper Gate street on the left.
If you like breads freshly baked the traditional way and fine patisseries and pies, the Tan Lan Bakery is worth a visit and is situated on the corner of Lower High Street. We often have their Lamb Oggie for lunch – Traditional Welsh pasty with a lamb, swede, potato and hint of mint.
Finally, if you are a lover of real ale, The Albion Ale House is the best classic pub in the world (Daily Telegraph 2015) is only 50 metres from the cottage at the bottom of Upper Gate street. If you are not an expert, you can buy 3 x 1/3 pint tasters and they serve excellent traditional pub snacks.
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