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Introduction

Conwy is a beautiful walled harbour town in North Wales where the majestic Snowdonia mountain range meets the sea.

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Sights and Activities

  • The town is enclosed within the castle walls of an 11th century Edward 1 castle, built to keep out the marading Welsh!

The castle is magnificently picturescue and is in excellent condition and a visit will take you back to "Knights of old".

  • Down at the small harbour the catch of the day can be viewed and harbour boat trips can be taken.
  • Inside the walls are many gift shops selling Welsh produce - including Welsh Gold and Welsh Tea shops, don't forget to try the Bara Brith or Welsh cakes.
  • There are two original merchants' houses left in the town and both are well worth a visit. They are haunted so watch out for that spooky experience!
  • Outside the town is a large modern marina, there are plenty of guesthouses and small hotels in the town. Conwy is easy to get to with a train station and bus services to the town.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Ffynnon Wen BunkhouseTy Nant, Corwen, ConwyHostel-
YHA ConwyLarkhill Sychnant Pass RoadHostel84
YHA RowenRhiw Farm, RowenHOSTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet caf├ęs can be found in many cities and towns. All UK public libraries provide access, often branded as "People's Network", usually at no or little charge, though there is usually a time limit. Some hotels/hostels also offer internet access, including wifi, but most times at a cost. Using the internet on your personal phone can become expensive very quickly, with carriers charging 100's of times the local rate for data. To avoid these expensive roaming charges, you can hunt for wifi at a local cafe or hotel, or rent a mobile hotspot via several providers including DATAPiXY, and XCOM Global.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to the United Kingdom is: 44. To make an international call from the United Kingdom, the code is: 00

In case of emergency, call 999 or 112 from any phone. Such calls are free and will be answered by an emergency services operator who will ask you for your location, and the service(s) you need (police, fire, ambulance, coastguard or mountain rescue). You can call this number from any mobile telephone as well, even if you do not have roaming.

Although the number is declining, you can still find payphones in many public areas, especially stations, airports etc. You can usually pay with cash and sometimes by creditcard or, for international calls, special phonecards are still available.

Mobile phones are heavily used. The main networks are T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and O2. 3G data services are available, usually priced per megabyte and coverage is usually very good in the UK, however it may lack in rural areas. Roaming on your personal phone plan can be expensive. To manage costs, consider purchasing a local UK SIM card for your phone. Several companies offer local SIM cards including Telestial, and CellularAbroad.

Post

The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. There will be at least one post office in any town/city and there are quite often post offices in larger villages. It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.
For sending packages overseas, it might be a good idea to check prices and services with international companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.

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