Bryn Derwen Guest House is located in the history town of Conwy, dominated by its castle and town walls, both of which are under the care of CADW (Welsh Historic Monuments and Heritage) and are open to the public. The castle was built by King Edward I of England between 1283 and 1287 A.D.
As well as the castle and walls, the town also has two well preserved Elizabethan houses which are open to the public. Plas Mawr (CADW) is a town house, or mansion, built by the wealthy and influential Robert Wynne in 1576. Aberconwy House (National Trust) is a rare example of a stone and timber merchant’s dwelling.
All these wonderful attractions are within walking distance of Bryn Derwen Guest House.
The town has a busy and bustling harbour as well as a deep water marina nearby. The quayside of the harbour is the location of Britain’s smallest house – measuring only 10ft x 4ft 2ins and of which the last occupant was over 6ft tall! The house was originally built as a fisherman’s cottage.
The former gateway to the town from the East was via the suspension bridge completed by Thomas Telford in 1826 to replace the former ferry crossing. The bridge and its toll house are under the care of the National Trust and are open to the public. Adjacent to Telford’s bridge is the tubular bridge built by Robert Louis Stevenson in the mid 19th century to carry his new railway over the Conwy estuary.
The area surrounding Conwy is rich in places to visit and things to do. The National Trust’s renowned Bodnant Garden with some 80 acres of spectacular formal and informal areas and shrubberies is only about 3 miles away. There are mountains to climb, placid lakes to visit and county and riverside walks to enjoy. Within easy reach there are stately homes and castles to visit such as Penrhyn Castle (National Trust), Plas Newydd (National Trust), Bodelwyddan Castle, Caernarfon Castle (CADW), Beaumaris Castle (CADW) and other visitor attractions besides.
Throughout the year there is a variety of interesting annual events taking place such as the Seed Fair (March), Bluegrass Festival (July), River Festival (August), St Mary’s Chursh Music Festival (August), Royal Cambrian Art Society Exhibition (August), traditional Honey Fair (September) and Conwy Feast (food festival) (October).