CONWY………..IT'S NOT JUST A CASTLE!
Whatever your reason for visiting the Castle Hotel, whilst you are here there are plenty of local attractions and activities to suit all interests, ages, tastes and timescales.
Conwy itself is bursting with interesting places to see. First and foremost Conwy Castle (www.cadw.wales.gov.uk) and its town walls which form the gateway to Conwy town is a "must see" in anyone's schedule. The town itself boasts the splendidly restored medieval mansion Plas Mawr (www.cadw.wales.gov.uk) and Aberconwy House (www.nationaltrust.org.uk). Walking the castle walls and visiting Wales' Smallest House on the quayside is a real treat for children and afterwards there are numerous shops for mums and dads to browse. Conwy is also home to the Royal Cambrian Academy Art Gallery (www.rcaconwy.org) which has a variety of exhibitions all year round. Throughout the summer Conwy is host to a series of weekend events and festivals both centrally and in the area surrounding Conwy (www.eventsnorthwales.co.uk)
To make the most of the beautiful scenery, you might like to take a guided tour with a new local company called CELTICOS? Follow this link for more details. Conwy enjoys a great location for touring the whole of North Wales - you can visit Bodnant Gardens (www.bodnantgarden.co.uk) which is just a short drive away or travel to Llanberis where you can take the train (www.snowdonrailway.co.uk) up to the cafe on the summit of Snowdon! Whilst we're on the subject of trains why not take a trip on the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway from Portmadoc (www.whr.co.uk) for a great family day out in Snowdonia National Park.
Local crafts within easy travelling distance of Conwy can be found at Trefriw Woollen Mill (www.t-w-m.co.uk) and the Glassblobbery Studio and Gallery (glassblobbery.com). Trefriw is a working museum, shop and cafe where you can buy the traditional Welsh tapestry bedspreads. Alternatively beautifully handmade ornamental glassware can be found at Glassblobbery which also houses exhibitions of the work of local artists and craftsmen. Further west, towards Caernarvon you will find Inigo Jones Slate Works (www.inigojones.co.uk) where you can try your hand at calligraphy and slate engraving.
Exciting days out for the children can be found at the Anglesey Sea Zoo (www.angleseyseazoo.co.uk) an award winning all weather family attraction with facilities for childrens birthday parties, and even the family dog is welcome. For something a little more strenuous try the High Ropes Adventure Centre (www.ropesandladders.co.uk) or Go Ape! Coed-y-Brenin (www.goape.co.uk) where children and adults alike can leap, climb and swing through the trees and rise to energetic challenges. Not far away in Colwyn Bay is the Welsh Mountain Zoo (www.welshmountainzoo.org) for a great family day out in beautiful surroundings
The hotel's location in the centre of Conwy, close to the quay and the ancient castle makes it the perfect place to rest when visiting the numerous places of interest within the Medieval walled town. You can be sure you will not be alone as visitors and locals alike find sanctuary in this famous old hostelry.