Deganwy & Llandudno Junction
In a nutshell. Waterside views, shopping, boating and birdwatching.
Deganwy is swish and sophisticated.
The town is also noted for its stylish shopping and dining with a good choice of boutiques and restaurants.
Behind the town stands the site of Castell Deganwy (Deganwy Castle) which has a volatile history stretching back to at least the 6th century when it was the seat of King Maelgwn Gwynedd.
Over the centuries a succession of powers occupied, fortified and then destroyed Castell Deganwy.
It was rebuilt for the last time between 1245 and 1250 by English king, Henry III.
If you walk up to the castle today, it is the remain's of Henry's stronghold that you can see.
In 1257, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd attacked, beseiging the casrle for three years before its eventual destruction in 1263.
When Edward 1 conquered Gwynedd in 1282, he gave up on the site at Deganwy and built a castle on the other side of the river.
A little further south, but still beside the water, Llandudno Junction is a lively spot with a large nine-screened multiplex cinema and plenty of free parking.
Nature lovers are drawn to the natural spectacle of the RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve, a wetland reserve beside the River Conwy noted for its black-tailed godwits, lapwings, sedge warblers, shelducks and water rails.
This welcoming reserve makes sure that there’s something going on throughout the year with a full programme of events.
With its well laid out walks, watch points and picnic sites, it’s not surprising that the reserve is a big hit with families as well as serious ornithologists.
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