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About Conwy

Conwy is a small county in North Wales centred around the walled market down of Conwy, set on the banks of the Conwy Estuary. Conwy town is UNESCO-listed due to its medieval walled town and imposing 13th century castle, but it also offers great access to both Snowdonia and the Island of Anglesey. And you can find many of the best places to stay in Conwy here, or in nearby coastal Llandudno.

Whilst Conwy may be small in area, it certain makes up for this in terms of dramatic geography and scenery. Blessed with both pretty coastal towns and the stunning rural landscape of the Snowdonia National Park, this is a region which appeals to both active outdoors people and those who prefer a more sedate holiday!

Where to stay

  • Llanrwst lies 3/4 miles from Snowdonia National Park, and is a charming old market town that's suited to hikers and bikers. Quiet, laid-back and surrounded with natural beauty.
  • Betws-y-Coed is another good base for active types - it is known as the gateway to Snowdonia. As well as all things outdoorsy, it has a good range of cafes, bars and restaurants and charming independent shops.
  • Conwy is an atmospheric walled market town teeming with historic sites and great pubs - it's the perfect family holiday destination due to the sheer variety of things-to-do.
  • Llandudno is Wales' preeminent seaside resort. A traditional Victorian holiday destination, with a pier lined with arcade games, some fascinating museums in town and ornate 19th century seaside villas peppering the promenade. Not to mention the blue flag beach!

What not to miss

  • Check out the imposing 13th century Conwy Castle, guarded by towers, turrets and a drawbridge.
  • Visit Quay House in Conwy, the smallest house in Britain.
  • Explore the RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve.
  • Take a romantic walk along Llandudno's Victorian pier.
  • Go hiking in Snowdonia National Park, or if you perfer a seaview enjoy a walk along part of the Wales Coast Path.
  • Spend a day at one of the county's blue flag beaches - Llandudno and Colwyn Bay spring to mind. As well as the usual bucket and spade activities, you can enjoy a plethora of watersports from paddleboarding to sailing.

Brimming with natural beauty, historic sites, beautiful gardens and romantic walks, Conwy is a fantastic area for hikers, history buffs and families alike. Use our guide to the best places to stay in Conwy and start planning your trip.

The best places to stay in Conwy

For Snowdonia National Park

  • St. Curig's Church is a beautifully converted church set in a village within the Snowdonia National Park, offering traditionally dressed rooms, the best of which boast antique four poster beds. Enjoy the sumptuous breakfasts and the grand piano.
  • Tan y Foel is perfect for hikers and bikers - a charming old stone cottage, offering spacious and modern roooms with stunning views across the valleys. 
  • Coed Mawr Hall is a lovingly renovated country house commanding a spectacular location overlooking the beautiful Welsh mountains. Rooms are spacious with a traditional unfussy feel. Breakfast is an indulgent affair and there's a number of pubs in the vicinity to try in the evening or along the way on a ramble.

For Seaside Chic

  • Obsorne House Hotel is a Victorian townhouse and 5* boutique on Llandudno's seafront. The listed building houses antiques and fine art works in all rooms. Suites are comfortable with sea views. Enjoy a delicious continental breakfast in the morning, and in the afternoon and evening, relax in the cafe.
  • Escape Boutique B&B is a small seaside B&B escape pad set in a traditional 19th century Victorian villa in Llandudno, offering urban-chic rooms adorned with splashes of colour, indulgent breakfasts and a lavishly trendy lounge

For Conwy

  • Castle Hotel is set in a 300 year old old coaching inn with views of a Conwy castle, offering individually designed rooms that blend contemporary style & traditional comfort. The restaurant serves local Welsh produce and there's a pampering spa.

Pub with rooms

  • The Kinmel Arms is a traditional village pub boasting four luxury rooms with uber comfy beds and individual artwork. A cosy lounge with open fireplace ideal for an evening drink, and enjoy the highly accoladed restaurant.

Spa break

  • Bodysgallen Hall & Spa dates back to the 13th century, is set in beautiful formal gardens and has 15 bedrooms in the main house, Principal Suites, and 16 delightful cottage suites on the grounds. The hotel is ideally placed for local historic castles, golf courses and the coast of North Wales. Enjoy dining at the excellent gourmet restaurant, relaxing in the spa or birdwatching.

For an apartment or cottage

  • Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of cottages and apartments in the nearby area.

Travel information

  • The best time to visit is during the summer, when the skies are clear and you can see Snowdonia, and when the temperature ranges between 11 and 20 degrees.
  • Fly to Liverpool Airport, and get a train to Conwy or Llandudno. The journey takes just shy of 2 hours.
  • If you want to rent a car, which we'd strongly advise if you want to explore, contact our partner Rentalcars.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Conwy

  • Osborne House Hotel 6 rooms from £125

    Llandudno, Conwy

    Victorian townhouse now 5* boutique on the Llandudno's seafront. The listed building houses antiques and fine art works in all rooms. Suites are comfortable with sea views. Continental breakfast to start the day, lunch and dinner at the casual cafe. A beautiful find in the Welsh countryside.

    Local exploring  -  Whether your interest lies at land or sea Osborne House is the perfect base for exploring this beautiful part of the country.
    Value chic  -  Lavish old world feel without the prohibative price tag- think marble fireplaces, fluted pillars and antique furnishings.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool at the Empire Hotel is avaliable to guests at Osborne House.
    Sights nearby  -  The worlds largest Bronze Age Copper Mine are located in the Great Orme
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • St Curig's Church 4 rooms from £65

    Conwy

    A beautifully converted church set in a pristine village in the Snowdonia National Park. Four double rooms are traditionally dressed - the best have antique four posters. Nothing has been left unthought of, from sumptuous breakfasts, a well equipped kitchen and even a grand piano to tinkle.

    Groups  -  The four en-suite rooms and a bunk room make this the perfect size for renting out the entire property for a group.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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  • Escape Boutique B&B 9 rooms from £89

    Llandudno

    Boutique B&B in small seaside town. Urban interior within a traditional Victorian villa. Rooms with all mod-cons.

    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 10 years.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Good Hotel Guide
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  • Coed Mawr Hall 4 rooms from £90

    CONWY, Conwy

    A lovingly renovated country house commanding a spectacular location overlooking the beautiful Welsh mountains. Rooms are spacious with a traditional unfussy feel. Breakfast is an indulgent affair and there's a number of pubs in the vicinity to try in the evening or along the way on a ramble.

    Country Escape  -  Boasting a secluded spot amidst mountains and valleys, ideal for a rural getaway.
    Fishing  -  Lake, river and sea fishing are all available locally.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Castle Hotel 28 rooms from £118

    Conwy

    300 year old old coaching inn with views of a Conwy castle. Individually designed rooms offer a clever combination of contemporary style & traditional comfort. The restaurant serves local Welsh produce and there's a spa for pampering. A great base for exploring the North Welsh coast.

    Local exploring  -  A great base for exploring Conwy and the North Wales coastline.
    Great walks  -  Along the coast and in Snowdonia National Park
    Spa  -  With a good range of treatments and massages
    Sights nearby  -  Conwy Castle
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  • The Kinmel Arms 4 rooms from £135

    Conwy

    The village pub goes gourmet. Luxury rooms with uber comfy beds and individual artwork. A cosy lounge with open fireplace ideal for an evening drink. A highly accoladed restaurant forms the hub. The perfect country escape.

    Country Escape  -  A characterful Welsh inn, with cosy fireplaces, comfy beds, well stocked bar and excellent rambling.
    Foodies  -  From a traditional Tearoom to a sumptious A la Carte menu the food is superb, local and wholesome.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive Bodelwyddan Castle, full of history and surrounded by lovely walking.
    Fishing  -  For any keen anglers, Trout fishing at Tan Y Mynydd is an absolute must.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Tan y Foel 6 rooms from £158

    Llanrwst, Conwy

    A traditional Welsh stone building, this luxury B&B enjoys stunning views across the valleys and on a clear day, Snowdonia. Rooms are spacious and contemporary in style with plush fabrics and modern en suite bathrooms. A stylish getaway in North Wales, ideal for keen walkers or local exploring.

    Sights nearby  -  6 minutes drive from Betws-y-Coed with its mixtures of Boutiques, Art Gallery, restaurants and Bistros
    Great walks  -  Explore the many footpaths nearby or for the fearless there's Snowdonia.
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 12s only
    Full of character
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  • Bodysgallen Hall & Spa 22 rooms from £159

    Conwy

    Dating back to the 13th Century, Bodysgallen Hall & Spa lies in beautiful formal gardens and features 15 bedrooms in the main house, Principal Suites, and 16 delightful cottage suites in the grounds. The hotel is ideally placed for local historic castles, golf courses and the coast of North Wales.

    Historic  -  The oldest part of the house is a five storey tower, probably dating from the late 13th century
    Birdwatching  -  The local RSPB Nature Reserve on the Conwy Estuary is a must for birdwatchers
    Great walks  -  2 miles from Llandudno, a perfectly preserved Victorian Seaside resort.
    Local markets  -  2 miles from the medieval town of Conwy.
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