Historic Conwy, Llandudno and Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Wales
Historic Conwy, Llandudno and Colwyn Bay
Llandudno is one of the finest traditional seaside resorts in the world.
The setting is perfect. A splendid promenade spans the gently curving bay between the headlands of the Great Orme and the Little Orme. And there's a second beach on the West Shore, with glorious views of Snowdonia and Anglesey across the Conwy Estuary.
The town is outstandingly preserved, with all the traditional attractions of its Victorian origins including the beautifully restored pier. And it's a bustling centre for shopping, entertainment and cultural life, all year round.
The Great Orme is a holiday adventure in its own right. Walk, drive, or take the Victorian tramway or cable car (Britain's longest) to the top. The views to the Isle of Man and the Lake District will take your breath away.
Discover 4,000-year-old copper mines. Enjoy the birdlife, flora and fauna. Try the dry ski slope and toboggan run or stroll round the Happy Valley gardens.
Colwyn Bay and Rhos-on-Sea - The sweeping promenade fringes a naturally sheltered bay that is perfect for pottering, paddling, kite flying and building sandcastles. At the Rhos-on-Sea end, with its specialist shops and cafes, is a delightful little boat haven with excellent launch facilities for visiting day sailors.
A mile inland is the famous Welsh Mountain Zoo, with its emphasis on 'caring conservation' and a highly naturalistic woodland setting with spectacular views. On the eastern edge of Colwyn Bay is Eirias Park, with its excellent sports and leisure facilities.
Conwy is a World Heritage Site, ranked alongside Stonehenge, Hadrian's Wall and the Tower of London. The reason is plain to see: one of the most magnificent medieval castles ever built, towering over one of the world's most complete medieval walled towns. All in an extraordinary state of preservation.
Within the walls is a town of immense charm, with its jumble of streets, shops, pubs and restaurants. Right in the centre is a gem of even greater splendour: Plas Mawr (The Great Hall), claimed by many to be the finest surviving Elizabethan town house in Britain.
History apart, Conwy's setting is spectacular, framed by the foothills of Snowdonia and gazing across the Conwy Estuary. The quay and old harbour are host to an active small fishing fleet and the fascinating Conwy Mussel Museum.
Up the Conwy River valley, discover the woollen mills and Roman spa at Trefriw, the fabulous Bodnant Garden, the Inigo Jones bridge at Llanrwst and the 'alpine' resort of Betws-y-Coed. Head into the untamed mountains of Snowdonia, with its wealth of walking and outdoor opportunities.
For more Information please contact:
Conwy County Borough Council
Tourism & Leisure Department
Tel: +44 (0)(0)1492 574000
Fax: +44 (0)(0)1492 513664
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