Conwy (previously known to English visitors as Conway) sits at the heart of the North Wales coast. At its heart are the ancient city of Conwy with its famous castle, and the popular resort of Llandudno.
Abergele is a small coastal town with Iron Age and Roman remains. There are two ancient hill forts at Castell Cawr, and the town was a Roman trading port. To the west of the town is Gwyych Castle, a 19th century ‘mock’ castle, built on the site of a 12th century Norman castle. Further west is Colwyn Bay, a resort with pier, gardens and a zoo.
Llandudno is the largest resort in Wales, located between Great Ormes Head and Little Ormes Head. As Llandudno grew as a resort in Victorian times, the decision was made to construct a cable tramway to allow visitors to reach the summit of the Great Orme, a 650 ft limestone headland and site of special scientific interest. The tramway opened in 1902, but then in 1969 a cable lift was added, offering an alternative route to the plateau of the Great Orme. The North Shore, where many hotels are located, also has a pier, conference centre and theatre.
Just across the River Conwy is the walled town and castle of Conwy. Built in the 13th century by Edward I, the massive structure encircles the town, overlooks river and sea, and shelters in the lee of Snowdonia. Thomas Telford’s suspension bridge replaced a ferry in 1826.
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