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Conwy Valley – For Neolithic settlements and burial chambers
One of the main features in this region is the Conwy River, which flows through the valley to the estuary at Conwy and then into Liverpool Bay. Water enters the river from a number of sources, through streams high in the Migneint Moors (which are quite acidic), and from the mountains of Northern Snowdonia, via smaller rivers and waterfalls.
There is evidence that human settlements existed in Conwy Valley as far back as the Stone Age and much of the rocky areas were formed around 500 million years ago. High on the western sides of the valley you can find evidence of Neolithic settlements and burial grounds (known as Cromlech). A good example is visible in the hills above Rowen (known as Maen y Bardd or Stone of the Bard). Quite close to this Cromlech is a stone that is believed to date from 200 BC.
Reasons to visit Conwy Valley
Conwy Valley offers visitors a chance to see the historical changes that have taken place in the area, from Neolithic times to the present.
Conwy Castle was one of many castles built by Edward I (around 1283) following his conquest of Wales and is considered to be one of the largest. The town was also fortified and one of the best surviving fortified medieval towns in the world.
On the Quayside at Conwy you can find the smallest house in Britain (listed in the Guinness Book of Records), this quaint property measures just 3.05 metres by 1.8 metres.
Other areas of interest include: Aberconwy House, the Conwy Butterfly Jungle (with a wide range of butterflies from all over the world), Conwy Harbour, Conwy Mountain (providing excellent views of the surrounding area), Conwy Suspension Bridge (completed in 1826 by Thomas Telford), Conwy Water Gardens and Aquatic Centre, along with many churches and museums.
Entertainment and Dining in Conwy Valley
Restaurants offer a variety of cuisines, including Austrian, and some provide live entertainment. The Brewers Fayre – Craigside Inn, Conwy has a reputation for good traditional and pub food, or you can try the Restaurant at Ty Gwyn Hotel, which offers international dishes.
Accommodation in Conwy Valley
Accommodation comes in the form of Hotels, Guest Houses, Inns and B&Bs. Some of the Hotels are child friendly and will take pets. The Royal Oak Hotel in Betws-y-Coed has 27 rooms and many facilities, including an indoor pool and golf.