Ahhhh, Wales. Touring Conwy Castle was our first experience in Wales. As soon as we crossed the border into Wales, there was a different feel. Van and I both could feel it so I know I'm not crazy! There was also a more obvious difference once we crossed the border...all of the road signs were now written in English and Welsh. Up until this point, I didn't even know there was a Welsh language!
Conwy Castle is located on the north coast of Wales and the Snowdonia mountains can be seen towards the south of the castle. It is a stunning setting and luckily we had an absolutely beautiful day to explore this castle.
|View from the ramp leading up to the Castle|
After seeing the Welsh road signs, we were anxious to hear the language. As soon as we got out of our car, we heard it! Everyone was speaking Welsh! I immediately took to Google and discovered that this particular region of Wales has the highest population of Welsh speaking residents. However, everyone speaks English as well.
All of the signs were listed in Welsh with an English translation towards the bottom....
View of the interior yard of Conwy Castle.
The castle was built between 1283 and 1289 by King Edward I and also includes a large wall around the entire city. The wall can be seen from atop the towers.
|My favorite photo from the day at Conwy Castle.|
|Wire sculpture of King Edward I.|
|Archway in the Chapel area of the castle.|
|You can see the remains of the archways that lined the great hall.|
|Arrow slits where the guards were able to defend the castle.|
The Conwy Castle is an amazing structure and we had a very enjoyable visit. There are a lot of narrow stairs to climb to reach the top of the towers, so if you have trouble with stairs, this may be a difficult tour for you. There is plenty to see on the lower levels though. The only thing that disappointed me was the lack of an audio tour system. We have gotten used to the handy audio guides at castles in England. There were a few points of interest to read about but there was no set pathway to follow around the castle.
|Leaving the city walls.|
For more information on Conwy Castle, check out the Cadw website here.
Check out our other castle adventures here!
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