The town of Conwy lies on the northern shore of Wales, adjacent to the River Conwy. Known for its medieval castle and town walls, built by Edward I of England during the late-13th century, Conwy remains popular with tourists and boasts a number of historical and architectural attractions. After touring Conwy Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visitors are able to cross Conwy Suspension Bridge on foot. The bridge was built in 1826, crosses the River Conwy right next to the castle, and is only about 2.5 meters wide. A 19th-century tubular bridge, the Conwy Railway Bridge, allows train access to the town while a tunnel under the river provides access via the A55 road.
Conwy features a handful of historically significant dwellings, including Aberconwy House, Plas Mawr, and a remnant of one of Llewellyn the Great's court houses within its walls. Aberconwy House was one of the first completed after the castle and walls were constructed and is the only 14th-century merchant’s house to remain. The Plas Mawr is also a popular tourist destination and allows visitors a historically accurate glimpse into a private family house during the 16th century. The earliest structure in Conwy, a remnant of one Llewellyn the Great's Llys, remains from the early-13th century and actually predates the castle and walls. One wall and tower of the Llys were incorporated into part of the town wall. This portion of a court house is the most complete remnant to survive and displays distinctly Welsh features.
Outside the town walls, visitors can tour the house deemed by the Guinness Book of Records as The Smallest House in Great Britain, also known as the Quay House. The floor area of the house measures 10 feet by 6 feet and the house was inhabited from the 16th century until 1900.
Certainly, a visit to Conwy provides insight into daily life in Wales, both in historic and modern times. Visitors can tour structures dating up to 700 years old and ranging from medieval castles to private residences. They can even (try to) converse in the native Welsh language. The walled town of Conwy is a destination like no other.