by Menai Holidays
History & Heritage
Surf Snowdonia isn’t the only reason to visit the Conwy Valley! We’ve pinpointed another 10 great reasons why you should put this beautiful part of North Wales on your travel bucket list.
Owned by the National Trust, Bodnant Gardens is one of the most spectacular and admired gardens in Britain. Highlights include the famous Laburnum Arch (see below), the grand formal terraces and the vast collection of plants featuring four National Collections.
The garden plays host to a range of events throughout the year – from guided tours with the head gardener to events for children.
A must visit for great food and wine. Visit the farm shop, wine cellar, Hayloft restaurant or cafe or book a course in the cookery school – with a range of sessions for adults & children throughout the year.
Tree Top Adventure is another great reason to visit the Conwy Valley. It is a great family adventure experience. This high ropes adventure course, with a lower-level section for younger explorers, is a truly year round attraction. If you want to really get your adrenaline pumping, have a go on the Power Fan Plummet or SkyRide.
Betws y Coed
At the bottom of the Conwy Valley, this pretty little town straddles the river and has numerous outdoor shops, cafes and restaurants. It is also home to the Conwy Railway Museum – children will love a ride on the miniature railway.
Built by Edward I, Conwy Castle is one of the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain. For the full picture, head to the battlements for spectacular views of the sea and mountains.
Open year-round the RSPB reserve is a great place to get close to wildlife, and embrace 4,000 years of human history. The network of pushchair-friendly trails with viewpoints and hides, information boards, visitor centre, cafe and children’s activities means there are plenty of opportunities for wildlife discovery and natural play.
The Gallery at Ffin y Parc features a series of exhibitions throughout the year from some of the finest artists work in Wales as well as contemporary 20th century art. Their tea room also sells some rather lovely homemade cakes!
See weaving demonstrations and watch the water turbine at this traditional woollen mill (please check opening dates/times), where you can purchase your very own Welsh blanket.
This year’s festival takes place from 15th-17th May – three days of wonderful walking experiences, from leisurely riverside rambles to more challenging walks, including Tryfan and the Glyders, as well as Gorge Scrambling and Foraging in Nature for Families.
The Conwy Valley is home to great range of mountain bike trails, including the Marin and Penmachno Trails in the beautiful Gwydyr Forest.
Plan your next North Wales’ holiday
If you are planning to visit the Conwy Valley we have a number of lovely holiday cottages to stay in, including:
Llo Bach – a wonderfully eclectic cottage in a superb setting. Arrive, relax and unwind and enjoy some spectacular walks throughout Snowdona.
Plas Madoc Lodge – This simple cottage is close to the riverside town of Llanrwst, sleeping 2. Popular with mountain bikers & walkers, within easy reach of trails and footpaths.
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