Royal Cambrian Academy

Anglesey & the North Coast

Founded in 1881, given the royal imprimatur by Queen Victoria in 1882, and still going strong, the Cambrian runs a full calendar of exhibitions by its members in its twin white-walled galleries, plus visiting shows from the National Museum Wales and elsewhere. Its excellent Annual Summer Exhibition, featuring the cream of contemporary fine art in Wales under one roof each August and September, has been a fixture from the academy's early days.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Anglesey & the North Coast attractions

1. Plas Mawr

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Completed in 1585 for merchant and courtier Robert Wynn, Plas Mawr is one of Britain's finest surviving Elizabethan town houses. The tall, whitewashed…

2. Aberconwy House

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Timber-and-plaster Aberconwy House is the town's oldest, built as one of 20 merchants' houses when the town was fortified around 1300. Over the years it…

3. Smallest House in Great Britain

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The Smallest House in Great Britain is a curiosity with dimensions of 72 in by 122 in and a mention in the Guinness Book of Records. On the quayside, its…

4. Lower Gate


Conwy's High St heads through this gate in the medieval wall to the quayside. Its twin towers and portcullis allowed it to command access from the town to…

5. Mill Gate

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The twin-towered Mill Gate, one of two gatehouses in the southern stretch of Conwy's town wall, was built to allow access to the royal watermill, outside…

6. Upper Gate

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The entrance to the largest section of town wall starts from the station and heads up to the Upper Gate (where there are great views over the town to the…

7. Town Wall

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The survival of most of its 1300m-long town wall, built concurrently with the castle, makes Conwy one of the UK’s prime medieval sites. The wall was…

8. Conwy Castle

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Caernarfon is more complete, Harlech more dramatically positioned and Beaumaris more technically perfect, yet out of the four castles that compose the…