Friday, September 16, 2016

The Llandudno Diaries: Day 3 - Wednesday 22nd June 2016

It seems to have become a tradition on our holidays to have a day trip out of town. So today we are off to the county town of Conwy, which is just a short bus journey away from Llandudno.  There is a vast network of buses covering the towns/resorts of North Wales and if/when we return, we would definitely do more exploring.

The weather today is much warmer than yesterday.  Conwy may be the county town but it's small but perfectly formed.  It has a number of small independent shops/gift shops and has lots of cafes and restaurants.  I particularly liked this quirky optician's...

The town also boasts this exquisite 16th century townhouse by the name of Plas Mawr.

Just after we arrive, it's time for coffee and a traditional Welsh fruit loaf by the name of Bara Brith.  (Which I've named my little cuddly toy sheep after)

After coffee and cake we take our first look at the town's gorgeous little harbour.  I've never been to Cornwall but I imagine that is how Cornwall would look, However, we are not in Cornwall, we are in Wales!  And it is lovely.

Despite being a small town, Conwy has lots of cafes and restaurants for its size.  Being on a British seaside holiday, of course we have to try a chippy and this particular one boasts that its the best one in North Wales.  And it's time for lunch...

Faithful travelling companion has fish and chips, whilst I have chips and a cheese and onion fry-it (pictured above) which I'd never heard of before. The fry-it turns out to be cheese and onion in batter and is quite tasty as are the chips of course.

Conwy has lots of little independent shops, craft shops, etc so its a great place to just stroll around. It even has a shop for all those people out there who are obsessed with those days of old when knights were bold!

Conwy boasts a big attraction and a small one. This little red building is the smallest house in Great Britain, and is located facing the harbour.  

 On the other side of the harbour is the stunning Conwy Castle.

Due to our tight schedule today we don't have time to explore the castle from the inside, but there are other views to be had from the water.  Regular readers will be aware of my love of boat trips on holiday so we couldn't resist the opportunity to take a half-hour boat trip around the harbour on the Queen Victoria (pictured below) and out to the estuary, passing the Great Orme and returning to the harbour with a smashing view of Conwy Castle on this beautiful warm day.  

The temperature seems to have risen as the afternoon's gone on and the weather is now very hot.  We need to leave Conwy but before we do, time for a late afternoon coffee stop.  Then it's back on the bus for the short journey back to Llandudno, to get ready for yet another dinner at one of the town's many restaurants.

Tomorrow: our final full day in Llandudno, and an emotional return to the Great Orme....

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