Hidden Gems in the United Kingdom { Conwy, Wales }

Whether you are looking for seaside views, history or gorgeous mountain views, a visit to Conway Castle has it all. Having been asked to contribute to LOOK’s map of “hidden gems” in the UK, this was the first place that popped into my head. Van and I are so fortunate to live in United Kingdom and to be able to venture out and explore what the British Isles have to offer. We booked a trip to Wales for the weekend not knowing what to see or where to go. Surprisingly, Wales is not on the tops of any “must-see” lists from friends and family, so we had little information to plan a trip. With no expectations, we set off towards Wales.

Upon crossing the Welsh border, we knew we were headed somewhere special. The hills started to grow a little higher into the sky and the seaside began to come into view. We even spotted several castles in to distance, one even nestled into a mountain side. And then we arrived at our destination, Conwy Castle.


The Castle sits on the North coast of Wales and is surrounded by natural beauty. Van and I seek out castles regularly, looking for the most “castle-y” structures. As soon as we arrived, Van made it known that this was by far his most favorite castle of all the castles we had seen. It looked like a postcard, the castle towers rising above, the castle walls surrounding the town, and the sea and mountains to either side.


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 town of Conwy is quite a little gem in itself. From the small shops to the quaint eateries, they all are quite lovely when paired with the surroundings. If you have the opportunity, continue driving along the Welsh seaside or through Snowdonia. The views cannot be beat.
Leaving the city walls.
If you are looking for a great hidden gem in the UK and have the means to get to Wales, plan a visit to Conwy….you won’t be disappointed!

-Jamie

For more information on Conwy Castle, check out the Cadw website here. And also take a look at LOOK’s Hidden Gem map for more interesting days out in the United Kingdom.

Check out our other castle adventures here!

18 comments

  1. Wow, what a stunning castle! Castles in England and Wales are so different to the castles here in Japan.

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    1. I really hope I get the opportunity to see the castles in Japan one day! They are so unique :)

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  2. Conwy Castle looks like its right out of Game of Thrones, so beautiful!

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    1. Right?! Everytime we visit a castle, I am always imagining myself as royalty...I think my husband envisions himself as a character in Game of Thrones :)

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  3. Wow!! This looks like an amazing castle! Bigger than any I have visited

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    1. It was a proper castle! And the setting just made it amazing :)

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  4. I have been to Conwy last September and this little town is sooo lovely!!!
    I really enjoyed my visit there although it was a grey and rainy fall day. You were really lucky with the weather. The pictures are amazing!!

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    1. Oh, we were soooo lucky with the weather! I'm surprised it all worked out the way it did! Did you go anywhere else in Wales? I really enjoy Wales :)

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    2. Sorry, I should remember to click the "Notify me" button next time I comment..... Yes, we stayed the first half of the day in Conwy and then went to Llandudno. Such a beautiful beach! I really could imagine going on vacation there!

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  5. wow. this looks incredible! and you got some amazing viewpoints of it!

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    1. I love the castles that allow you to go up the towers....not only do you feel transported back in time, but you get some amazing views and photos :)

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  6. Wow, what a beautiful castle! I have been obsessed with castles since I visited Carcassone in 2006. Conway is definitely high on my list :)

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    1. Oh I want to go there so bad! I am trying to convince my husband to take a week long drive through France from Normandy, through the Loire Valley and end at Carcassone! It looks amazing!

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  7. Gorgeous photos. I miss castles so much!

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    1. What am I going to do when I have to leave?!? I may just have to chain myself to one haha!! :)

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  8. OMG take me to England <3 <3 this castle is gorgeous!

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  9. The UK has so many hidden gems like this! :)

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  10. Oh my gosh, that castle is amazing! I want to go!

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