Exploring Conwy Castle | Wales

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. 
Overall, what a perfect way to become familiar with Welsh history! On to the next castle!

-Jamie

For more information on Conwy Castle, check out the Cadw website here.

Check out our other castle adventures here!

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10 comments

  1. Pretty :) I just love castle ruins!

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    1. Me too...and so does my husband. He's getting closer and closer to talking me into letting him buy body armor so he can feel like a knight lol!!

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  2. Those pictures are stunning! There's something about the blue sky and the ancient castle walls that instantly makes me smile. This castle really is amazing, I NEED to visit it!

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    1. The Welsh castles are truly amazing and so is the countryside. Put it on your list :)

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  3. Wales is gorgeous :) But welsh totally confuses me as a language, it doesn't make any sense at all!

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    1. It totally confuses me too! I totally youtubed it when I got home and tried to learn a few words...it was VERY confusing.

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  4. This place is beautiful! I would love to explore Wales some time soon, but there are so many amazing things to do in the UK that it's so hard to decide where to go next! :)

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    1. Definitely put Wales on your list! You could easily explore many sights in 2 days time. I absolutely loved it!

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  5. Oh how I love Wales! We went there last summer for our vow renewal. I will have to add this castle our list for our next trip! Castles are great!x

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    1. Oh wow! The vow renewal must has been so beautiful! Wales has so many amazing castles that it's hard to just pick one. This was my favorite of the two.

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