Six reasons why Conwy county is a great place to live and work
Posted on 8th September 2017
In the spotlight this month is the beautiful county of Conwy. Read on to find out why this part of the world is such a great place to live and work – from fairy waterfalls to adrenaline rushes in the forest, there is so much on offer in Conwy, including big employers in a number of different industries.
The borough of Conwy in North Wales sits nestled in the rolling Welsh hills and boasts an array of historical sites to visit and plenty activities to partake in. With so much on offer you will never be short of something to do in Conwy county. If you are looking for a job – in Conwy county there are a wide variety of opportunities in a broad range of sectors, providing the perfect location to either find work in your current area of expertise or a job that is entirely new to you.
Steeped in history
At the heart of the borough is Conwy’s 13th Century castle, built by Master James of St George for King Edward I – with eight towers, a great hall, a royal chapel, inner ward with private chambers and surrounding walls. It’s a magnificent example of a medieval castle, and you can look around the inside of the castle or take in the breath-taking views across the mountains and sea by walking around the walls.
Conwy is also home to the smallest house in Britain. Built in the 16th Century and sitting on the edge of a row of terraced houses just beneath the castle, the house measures just 72 inches across, 122 inches high and 120 inches deep. It was last lived in in the early 20th Century but was declared unfit for human habitation. It’s believed that a fisherman who was over six foot tall occupied the building for over fifteen years, and it is said that his feet hung out of the window when he slept – quite a squeeze!
It’s not just some of the history of North Wales that you can get your teeth into – if you love sports, adventure and a good rush of adrenaline, Conwy county is a great place to spend your time. Situated in Dolgarrog is the world’s first commercial surfing lake – Surf Snowdonia. Visit for a session or spend the weekend in one of the centres quaint hobbit huts – the lake is perfect for seasoned surfers and first timers. There is also Zip World in Bethesda, where you will find Europe’s longest zip wire, and the Forrest Coaster in Betws-y-Coed – the new attraction that lets you “weave, dart and speed” through the trees, it is certainly one way to get around the forest. As well as underground trampolines, giant outdoor swings and so much more, Conwy county is the perfect place to get your fill of adventure. No need to leave the UK for fun or work – as the tourism industry in North Wales provides unique job opportunities for those seeking something a little more on the wild side!
Days out and getting back to nature
Wander around the displays at Bodnant Gardens near Tal-y-Cafn and enjoy the impressive Laburnum Arch, take a stroll on one of the many country walks or visit Fairy Falls in Trefriw for a fantastical day out – you are never too far from the great outdoors. If you want to get away from the city or the busier areas of North Wales, then the county of Conwy could be the perfect place for you to make that fresh start and get back in touch with nature.
A number of events are held in Conwy county all year round – from Conwy River Festival and Conwy Food Festival to the Viking Medieval Market and Llandudno’s Victorian Extravaganza, there’s plenty to get involved in. Further afield in the county there are many more places to visit – from the picturesque village of Betws-y-Coed that draws people from across the world and is home to the “ugly” tea room, Llanrwst’s infamous Tu Hwnt I’r Bont tea room that is renowned for its seasonal leafy display, to the Conwy Water House (or Dutch Pancake House) – you will never be short of places to visit.
A wide variety of employers
Walking through the medieval towns of Conwy you might feel completely out of touch with the 21st Century – but this couldn’t be further from the reality. With a wealth of diverse employers in the county within sectors such as tourism, the third sector, housing, retail, hospitality, professional services and many more – there is likely to be a job to suit everyone.
Location, location, location
Conwy county is in a perfect location to reach most places across the North Wales coast and the North West of England for work and leisure. Drive for just an hour and twenty minutes and you can reach Liverpool and Manchester, or half an hour and you’re in Chester, on the Isle of Anglesey, or in the county of Gwynedd, home to Bangor University. Conwy county is a hub for businesses and some of the larger employers in the area include North Wales Housing Association, Student Finance Wales, the Welsh Government, North Wales Police, Boots Hearingcare and the Quay Hotel & Spa, to name just a few. Conwy is also home to the Conwy Business Centre in Llandudno Junction – a hub for local businesses.
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Publish date: 8 September 2017