North Wales: Llandudno and Conwy #familyholiday

llandudno seafront walk

A weekend is not a long time for a break but it is sufficient. It’s time to discover new places, recharge your batteries and have fun with the family somewhere you wouldn’t normally be.

We took ourselves off recently on a family holiday to north Wales, we had booked to stay in Llandudno, a place we had visited years ago when the girls were 1 and it was the right time to return and rekindle our love for Wales.

llandudno 2009

Llandudno

After a quick check-in at the hotel we walked to the long and beautiful Victorian promenade of Llandudno. It was freezing cold Saturday afternoon but the sun was out, and the place was full of walkers and dogs and seagulls.

llandudno seafront

The hotels along the seafront add a glamorous touch to the long sweeping front. Sadly the pier was shut; mind you by the time we reached the pier I was quite glad as it was a really long walk and the girls had to walk all the way back so it wasn’t such a bad thing after all.

llandudno seafront

It was our first time away with Baxter, he’d been with us just one week and luckily we had found a family friendly hotel that also took pets. He was in his element running on the stone beach after the seagulls on his extended lead.

llandudno seafront

Once we reached the pier dad fancied some fish and chips so we made our way towards the town centre and soon stumbled across a chippy, much to the girls disappointment ice creams were not to be found.

We passed Gerrard’s Bakery and picked up some Eccles cakes to try back at the hotel with a cup of tea. I also got some Bara Brith to take home with me.

llandudno seaview

Sadly that evening I wasn’t able to book for us to eat at the Cottage Loaf which looked like a really interesting pub with lots of local Welsh beer on tap. However we ate a very good meal in our hotel; I had the lamb shanks which were delicious and a very good Full English the next morning too before checking out.

Conwy

Conwy Castle Wales

Conwy is only a few minutes drive from Llandudno, and the sun was high in the sky as we drove across the bridge that passes beneath Conwy Castle. It is one of Britain’s best preserved medieval fortified towns and over 200 buildings in the town date back to the 14th – 19th centuries, a stunning vista.

Conwy Castle wales

King Edward started building Conwy Castle in 1283 and the power of the building can still be felt today. We spent an entire morning walking around the rooms, climbing to the top of the turrets for the stunning views and looking for the clues of the Conwy Castle Trail for kids.

Conwy Castle Wales

It’s a castle that prompts questions and imagination, what do you think the cooks prepared for the king to eat? How did the princesses pass the time? What were their favourite games?

Conwy Castle Wales

The girls loved our visit and although Baxter wasn’t allowed in with us we did take him for a walk around Conwy.

Conwy harbour view from the castle

 

We walked down to the estuary and found piles of lobster pots waiting to be used.

Conwy waterfront wales

 

We were amazed to stand outside the smallest house and imagine how anyone could have lived in there?

Conwy smallest house wales

We ate more fish and chips from a shop along the seafront and slowly made out way back to the car via the high street.

Conwy harbour wales

Our journey home was full of questions and remarks about our time in Wales, the girls know they have been before when they were one but they both said they don’t want to wait that long before they return again. I don’t want to wait that long either.

Conwy waterfront wales

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We stayed at Links Hotel on the outskirts of Llandudno which had a family room and accepted small dogs. The room was clean and comfortable, the included breakfast was a full English and delicious and the meal we ate on Saturday night was perfect too.

Find out lots more information of where to go and what to do at Visit Wales