The Castle Hotel
Tucked away in the delightful UNESCO World Heritage walled town of Conwy, is the historic former coaching Inn, the Castle Hotel.
Built on the site of a 12th century Cistercian Abbey, the hotel oozes classic charm, with some of Britain’s brightest literary minds among the former patrons, including William Wordsworth, Samuel Johnson and Charlotte Brontë – who honeymooned at the Castle.
With its glorious flint-covered frame and fronted by a stunning red bricked porch, the Castle Hotel is one of Conwy’s most striking buildings. While the décor is full of delightful reminders of the Castle’s heritage, with antiques, fabulous fireplaces, beams, and even some Shakespearean scenes painted by venerable Victorian artist John Dawson-Watson – which he allegedly gave in return for his lodgings.
Relaxation is also key at the Castle Hotel, where a splash of indulgence can be added to any stay with a pampering session at the onsite spa- the ‘Healing Hands’ treatment room.
There’s a choice of 27 beautiful rooms available, including the stunning suite- which comes complete with a resplendent two people Jacuzzi bath, or the Historical Four Poster- where you can sleep in a 16th century Oak four poster! There are family options on offer, with dogs more than welcome too.
Food & Drink
The Castle Hotel is equally famous for its food, real local ales and great service. Dining choices include Dawson’s Bar & Shakespeare’s plus the Garden Courtyard for when the weather’s on form. Local artisan produce, a changing seasonal menu and outstanding team are all part of a true Welsh ‘sense of place’ experience befitting the hotel’s tag line – “Traditional service in historical surroundings.”
- Club Double from £138
- Club Twin from £138
- Premium Double from £150
- Premium Twin from £150
- Premium Double Plus from £160
- Deluxe Double from £170
- Historical Four Poster from £170
- Suite from £240
Meet the Chef
The kitchen at the Castle Hotel, Conwy is led by Head Chef Leigh Marshall. The kitchen team prides themselves in using locally sourced artisan produce from nearby suppliers in north Wales.
As the site of a 12th century Cistercian abbey, Conwy’s Castle Hotel exudes historic charm, from the traditional, exposed beams to the garden courtyard. Enjoy a feast of locally-sourced Welsh produce in a tranquil, lantern-lit space with a view of Conwy castle in all its magnificence.
Out & About
Just a few minutes’ walk from the Castle Hotel you will find The Smallest House in Great Britain, a national treasure which attracts visitors from all over the world every year. Measuring just 72 inches wide and 122 inches high, it is a quirky little attraction that really does have to be seen to be believed.
Equally as close by, classed as a World Heritage site, Conwy Castle is amongst the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain. From outside the castle walls its distinctive outline appears to almost emerge out of the rocky outcrop it stands on, then once inside the battlements you can see the breath-taking views of sea and mountains.
Weather permitting, take a stroll round the beautiful Bodnant Garden, a world famous garden, home to national Collections and Champion Trees and stunning views round every corner. There couldn’t be a better location for outside dining, with two catering outlets and plenty of picnic spots. Take a short drive into nearby Llandudno and take a ride on the Great Orme Tramway, one of Britain’s only remaining cable-operated street tramways and one of the few surviving in the world. Relive the experience of travel more than 100 years ago and journey up to the Summit where you will be rewarded with breath-taking views stretching as far as the Isle of Man, Blackpool and the Lake District on a clear day!
Set in the lush green Conwy Valley in the lee of the Snowdonia mountains amongst the woodland and wildlife is something entirely unexpected… a revolutionary world-first inland surf lagoon. Surf Snowdonia is the perfect day out for adventure seekers, with a powerful 2 metre wave that rises at the centre of the lagoon and peels perfectly for 150 metres. It’s a surfer’s paradise!
Undoubtedly, one of the main things that bring people back to the area time and time again is nearby Mount Snowdon. There’s a Snowdon adventure to suit every walker and with lots of routes to choose from it’s a good idea to do your research before you set off. If its tranquillity you’re after, try climbing the shapely ridgelines of the ‘Rhyd-Ddu Path’ and descending on the knee-friendly contours of the ‘Snowdon Ranger Path’, which explores 8 miles of the quiet west side of Snowdon. Chances are the only walkers you’ll cross paths with will be at the summit!
Or, if you crave adrenaline, relish heights and love scrambling then the 7 mile ‘Snowdon Horseshoe’ of the ‘Crib Goch’ and ‘Y Lliwedd’ paths is for you. Alternatively, take a scenic hour drive to the glorious Harlech Castle, overlooking the Irish Sea. Dating back to the 13th Century this impressive Medieval fortification is spectacularly positioned on a near-vertical cliff face, making for some awe inspiring views.
Don’t forget to pop into the delightful little town of Harlech afterwards for afternoon tea or artisan ice cream. For an inspiring day out there’s the nearby Slate Llechwedd Caverns, about 45 minutes from the inn. Travel deep into the underground mine, where a guide will take you through huge subterranean caverns to show you what life was like for a Victorian family at work. Above ground there is a downhill bike track and a zip line, which offers spectacular views over the moor, mountains and mine – all whilst travelling at an exhilarating 70mph!
Recommended Local Attractions
- Quay House (The Smallest House in GB) – on the doorstep!
- The Royal Cambrian Academy of Art – 3 mins
- Conwy Suspension Bridge & Toll Keeper’s House – 3 mins
- Conwy Castle – 3 mins
- Welsh Mountain Zoo – 12 mins
- Bodnant Garden – 15 mins
- Surf Snowdonia – 20 mins
- Sandy Cove Beach – 25 mins
- Zip World – 30 mins
- Gwydir Castle – 30 mins
- Tree Top Adventure – 30 mins
- Mount Snowdon – 35 mins
- Conwy – on the doorstep!
- Llandudno – 10 mins
- Bangor – 25 mins
- Betws-y-Coed – 30 mins
All timings denote typical journey time by car, unless specified otherwise.
High Street, Conwy,
T 01492 582 800
All guest rooms are dog friendly with a £10 charge per dog per night. Call or mention when booking online to request. 2 small or 1 medium/large breed is welcome per room with a dog friendly dining area (The Snug) on site too. Dog bowl, dog bag, doggy treat and dog bed (cushion) provided in room when guests mention number of dogs, type of dog and their names.
Map & Directions
Please click the map below for directions.
By car – for sat nav use LL32 8DB
Conwy Railway Station – 2 mins
Llandudno Junction Railway Station – 6 mins
Deganwy Railway Station – 8 mins
Liverpool Airport – 75 mins
Manchester Airport – 80 mins