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Conwy is a walled market town and community in Conwy County Borough on the north coast of Wales. The town, which faces Deganwy across the River Conwy, formerly lay in Gwynedd and prior to that in Caernarfonshire. The community, which includes Deganwy and Llandudno Junction, had a population of 14,208 at the 2001 census, and is a popular tourist destination. The population rose to 14,753 at the 2011 census. In the 2015 census “The size of the resident population in Conwy County Borough on the 30th June 2015 was estimated to be 116,200 people.” The town itself has a population of 4,065.The name 'Conwy' derives from the old Welsh words 'cyn' and 'gwy', the river being originally called the 'Cynwy'.Notable structuresCastle and town wallsConwy Castle and the town walls were built, on the instruction of Edward I of England, between 1283 and 1289, as part of his conquest of the principality of Wales. The church standing in Conwy has been marked as the oldest building in Conwy and has stood in the walls of Conwy since the 14th century. However, the oldest structure is part of the town walls, at the southern end of the east side. Here one wall and the tower of Llewellyn the Great's Llys have been incorporated into the wall. Built on a rocky outcrop, with an apsidal tower, it is a classic, native, Welsh build and stands out from the rest of the town walls, due to the presence of four window openings. It dates from the early 13th century and is the most complete remnant of any of his Llys.
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You'll find a good number of small, family-run bed and breakfasts in Conwy. Some particularly fine buildings house luxury hotels, and many of the pubs serve as inns, with just a handful of rooms located upstairs. Campgrounds and caravan parks lie just south of the town, easily reached by taxi from the town center, or a decent, hilly walk across the countryside.
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