Conwy (Conway) is a market town on the north coast of Wales. It faces Deganwy across the River Conwy. In the past the town has been in the council district of Gwynedd and Caernarvonshire. Conwy is famous for its medieval castle and for this reason is a popular tourist destination. Stunning views over Snowdonia and the harbour form the backdrop to this designated World Heritage Site and walled town.
King Edward 1 built the walled town and the adjoining castle in the 13th century at the mouth of the River Conwy. Conwy is in Conwy County Council local government district, which extends from Lanfairfechan and Penmaenmawr in the west to Colwyn Bay, Abergele and Kimnel Bay in the east, Llandudno to Llanrwst, Bodnant, Coed, Betws y Coed, Dolwyddelan and Capel Curig. The Snowdonia National Park extends until it reaches Lanfairfechan between Conwy and Bangor.
With such a large and popular tourism area to reach from cottages in Wales it is easy to see why the county council receive thousands and thousand of enquiries for a map or holiday cottages in Conwy.
However the best way to experience Conwy is to take a holiday cottage within the walls. Holiday cottages allow you the freedom to explore, are perfect for families, as they are more spacious than a hotel room and often have a garden. For many visitors the deciding factor is that some welsh cottages allow you to bring your pet dog.
There is so much to do and see in Conwy and it is only a few minutes walk to its historic harbour, which is one of the largest recreational boating harbours in the whole of Wales accommodating more than a thousand leisure craft, a small commercial fishing fleet, mussel boats and a charter angling fleet and if you have your own boat you can launch it from there. Fishing, sailing, walking, horse riding, sandy beaches and three golf courses are all within easy a holiday cottage in Conwy.
The National Trust's Bodant Garden is a short drive and places of historic interest include, Plas Mawr Elizabethan Town House, Aberconwy House and the Smallest House not forgetting the castle of course. Conwy Museums Service supports a network of small museums around the County including the Sir Henry Jones Museum in Llangernyw, Llanrwst Almhouse Museum and Llandudno Museum. Some smaller collections of social history, archaeology and paintings can be seen at Colwyn Bay Library. The Royal Cambrian art gallery is close to Conwy cottages.
The Great Orme's summit has breathtaking views from Snowdonia to Anglesey all the way to the Lake District, Blackpool and the Isle of Man. There are Kashmir goats, rare flowers and butterflies unique to the area and the Great Orme Tramway is the only cable hauled tramway on British public roads. Other attractions include Snowdon Mountain Railway, Cochwillan Old Hall, Llanberis Lake Railway and Segontium Roman Fort.
Usually Wales is climate is warmer than Scotland and the winter milder than England, but this changes as you approach Snowdonia with snow being frequent on the hills and mountains.
Manchester and Liverpool airports serve Conwy, as does Holyhead ferry port. Helford Dyffryn Conwy and Conwy Valley Railway operate in the locality and Conwy has a railway station at Bangor Road.