A walled market town on the coast with a population of 14,200, Conwy Castle, a World Heritage Site, was built for King Edward I between 1283 and 1287; it is one of the most outstanding achievements of medieval military architecture with eight massive towers.
Conwy Town Walls, over 0.75 mile long, is one of the finest and most complete sets in Europe, with twenty-one towers and three gateways. Plas Mawr Town House is possibly the best preserved Elizabethan town house in Britain. Built between 1576 and 1585, it dominates the town with its gatehouse, stepped gables and lookout tower. Aberconwy House (National Trust) is Conwy's only surviving 14th-century merchant's house.
Situated on the banks of the estuary, the Conwy RSPB Visitor Centre is delightful at any time of year. Birds can always be seen and the RSPB's friendly experts can help you spot any of the more than 200 different species that have been seen at this reserve.
To the south, at Trefriw Woollen Mill, visitors can see traditional Welsh bedspreads, tweeds and travelling rugs being made. Their Welsh tapestry is made into cushions, dinner sets, shoulder bags and purses and their tweed is tailored into hats, caps, jackets, skirts, ruanas and capes. Originally a fulling mill situated on the fast running River Crafnant in order to use the water to drive the waterwheels and to wash the wool, it has been owned and run by the same family since 1859.