Unexpected plans

Sometimes things don’t go to plan and that’s OK. You adapt and make new, and sometimes, even better plans. Let’s skip back to March 2020. Myself and my partner were on a train to Holyhead and very much looking forward to a long weekend in Dublin when the government announced the start of their Covid-19 lock down process. I’d never visited Dublin before and with the risk of attractions closing at the weekend (they did), we decided to give it a miss and head back on the next train from the ferry port. “Let’s find somewhere else to stay locally” suggested my other half, who’s birthday also happened to be that weekend. We searched availability, and came up with the perfect place – manorhaus Ruthin in North East Wales.

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Looking out to sea, seagulls travelling above on a gentle summer breeze, I gaze out to the horizon and breathe in the salty sea air. To the left, a large headland acts as a backdrop to a pier jutting out into the Irish Sea. To the right, another smaller headland shelters the long cove. The sounds are of waves crashing onto the pebbled beach, of children laughing while playing on the beach and the distant tones of amusement arcade machines. Those are the sounds of a typical seaside resort in the UK. Llandudno, known as the jewel in the crown of Victorian seaside resorts, is the largest in Wales and still draws in large numbers of visitors. But, despite a hint of faded seaside glamour, there’s plenty to do here for people, young and old. This article takes a look at the best attractions in Llandudno.

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How close is too close to home to stay in a hotel? I’ve always been of the opinion that travelling a short distance (less than an hour) is okay. You’re away from your local area, but can still get back relatively quickly when your trip is over. But what if a particular accommodation option is only a few miles away? What then? Well, recently I had that exact quandary after following a local Bed & Breakfast on Instagram and being completely drawn in by their engaging images. For small boutique hotels social media engagement is key. Regularly updated and captivating images can draw the viewer in, and that’s exactly what Number 18 – a boutique B&B in the medieval Welsh town of Conwy – achieved. So, one Monday evening, we made the 5 mile, fifteen minute journey to spend a night at Number 18 –  the most Instagrammable accommodation in Conwy.

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