From the smallest house in Britain to a huge medieval castle – Conwy really does have a lot to offer. Here are our top 4 things to do in this historical town in North Wales.
UNESCO classes the walled town of Conwy and its castle (alongside Caernarfon Castle and walls,Harlech Castle and Beaumaris Castle) as a World Heritage site, describing them collectively as one of “the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe.”
The castle is extremely impressive from the outside as you drive or walk through the town and the inside is equally as impressive! The children enjoyed exploring and learning and the views from the battlements are breathtaking!
I absolutely loved Plas Mawr and it’s definitely my favourite place to visit in Conwy. We stumbled across it whilst walking down a relatively normal looking street and were immediately impressed by its splendid facade, behind which is hidden a real treat!
Plas Mawr is an excellently preserved Elizabethan townhouse, both inside and out. Not only did I feel like we’d time-travelled back to the Tudor period but at times it felt like we were in Italy – especially in the courtyard garden. Plas Mawr would make a great setting for a production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet”!
This National Trust property is a 14th century merchant’s house. It is quite small, with only a few furnished rooms to view, but the knowledgeable guides tell you all about its history – from its original usage housing a merchant, his family and goods (grain etc) to its use in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a Temperance hotel. The bedroom has currently been redressed as a hotel room of a lady suffragist to mark 100 years since the passing of the Act that led to women getting the vote and the small part that Aberconwy House played in this (In May 1909 a meeting was held in the hotel by the Llandudno Suffragists to rally support for political equality for women in the local area).
Apparently the house is haunted but unfortunately the ghosts were on their best behaviour when we visited!
SMALLEST HOUSE IN BRITAIN
At just 72 inches wide by 122 inches high and occupied up until 1900, the smallest house in Britain makes for interesting viewing. It’s unmissably bright red on the outside and on the inside are 2 small rooms – a living room downstairs and a bedroom upstairs. Not a place to visit if you’re claustrophobic but if you have a free ten minutes and a pound to spare for the entrance fee it’s worth a visit!
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You may also like to check out my post on Bodnant Garden which is only a 15 minute drive from Conwy.
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