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.|
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!