Conwy

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Posted: Sep 16, 2021 | Updated: Nov 30, 2021

The walled castle town of Conwy guards the estuary of the River Conwy, just outside the Snowdonia National Park and is one of Britain's best surviving medieval settlements.

Built in just five years (1282-1287) by Edward I following his Welsh conquest, Conwy castle is one of Wale's greatest fortresses and a World Heritage Site. It was built to keep a grip on his conquest and at the same time as Caernarfon castle.

The town has a 0.75 mile wall, built simultaneously with the castle and most of it can be walked. It boasts 22 towers and three original gateways.The town also has several other attractions such as the smallest house in Britain and a 14th and 16th century house.


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Posted: Feb 21, 2009 | Updated: Nov 30, 2021

Back to Conwy

The last visit to Conway in 2008 was at the end of a tiring mid December day that started at Caernarfon, some distance away. This visit started with a trip to Beaumaris but with the days becoming longer still gave enough time to capture the remaining sights of Conway again. This trip also included a walk around the walls which at their highest point give an excellent view encompassing the whole of the medieval town.

Conwy is really an impressive town which with the walls, and low rise buildings, keep the skyline and views essentially as they were back in the day.

1) Along the wall to the upper gate
2) Aberconwy House (National Trust)
3) Town walls and Castle view
4) Conwy - Looking to the Upper Gate
5) Britain's Smallest House

Posted: Dec 21, 2008 | Updated: Nov 30, 2021

Touring the 'Ring of Steel'

Continuing my Welsh tour, I left the impressive Caenarfon for the equally impressive Conwy. Though the castle isn't as well kept as the one at Caenarfon, the town with its low profile and its walls can help you imagine being a settler, safely inside and peering out into dangerous country where a roaming Welshman might want to do away with you.

The walls are also intact unlike the walls in many other towns and cities which have had to give way to traffic and new roads as well as war damage.

Whilst the physical remains of the walls and towers are so well preserved that they do that all essential thing of bringing the past to life, it's the little details that make the difference such as the medieval toilets which are situated on the walls. Look and be amazed. Or maybe I just have a fascination with bodily functions.

Then again, it's these things that we today can relate to. Whether it's ancient stadia and brothels in Pompeii, bars and baths in Herculaneum or just how people treated toilet functions at Hadrians Wall - these show how we have changed. Or not.

1) Conwy Castle
2) Town walls looking to the castle
3) South wall overlooking Mill Gate
4) The Mill Gate
5) Latrine shoots
6) Looking up a latrine shoot
7) Looking out from the Mill Gate

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