Historic Conwy, North Wales

Impressive Conwy Castle

After a fond farewell to our good friends in Greater Manchester, we drove south west to North Wales and stopped for the day at Ty’n-y-Groes, south of Conwy.  It was a most scenic drive along the beautiful coastline by Colwyn Bay (as John promised) looking towards Great Orme’s Head and Conwy Castle, which we returned to see the next day.

Rain and snow on the cliffs at Ty’n-y-Groes, south of Conwy, our first stop in North Wales

The weather was very wet during the morning drive, but it stopped by midday, thankfully.  We parked in the Groes Inn car park and popped in for a most delicious lunch, treating myself to roast chicken with dauphinoise potatoes and Adonis opting the fish and chips, followed by a very quiet evening and night. 

Nice view from Groes Inn car park

The next morning, we drove up north again to walk around pretty medieval Conwy and its immense castle walls, 1.2 km long and free to visit.  Both castle and town walls are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  The castle was built for the English king Edward I between 1283 and 1287 and it is still one of Britain’s finest surviving medieval fortifications.

The start of our walk in Conwy and its castle walls
Gorgeous gate an view of town
Climbing up!
And through tiny door!
Gorgeous views from castle walls
And who could resist a little peek through these minute windows?
More stunning views to be enjoyed

We also walked to Thomas Telford’s Suspensioin Bridge, built in 1826, which we had crossed the day before, for some more picturesque views of the town and port.

Conwy’s pretty harbour
View of castle from harbour

Wales happened to be playing South Africa for the Rugby World Cup Semifinal, so we went for a drink at one of the pubs in town to watch the second half of the match, but sadly Wales lost by a last minute penalty.  Had they won, the atmosphere in town might have been totally different afterwards, but, despite the street market, it was still pretty quiet.

A lovely and friendly pub to watch the rugby

It was just a morning visit, but we thoroughly enjoyed walking on Conwy’s cobbled streets and discovering little treasures along the way, like the smallest house in Great Britain, but the whole place is an absolute delight!

More delightful displays to be found in Conwy
Nice to see this old phonebook being put to a different purpose

And, of course, my sweet tooth got the better of me yet again and this local fruit cake got stuck to my hands when walking through the street market!

15 thoughts on “Historic Conwy, North Wales

  1. I loved seeing the REAL North Wales. My sister lives close to a small town named North Wales, in Pennsylvania, USA. I should forward this to her. 🙂

    By the way, I like how the sweets got stuck to your hands as you walked through a street market. Ha ha!

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    1. Thank you so much, Marian. It’s really sweet of you to forward this post to your sister in North Wales, Pennsylvania: I didn’t know that existed, although I’ve been to New South Wales in Australia!
      I love cakes I can enjoy either at coffee time or breakfast, like we do in many European countries. I wish I could send you a piece: you’d love it!

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      1. That’s what we thought. We went for the walk around and the views, as it looked very impressive and beautiful from the road. Glad to know we didn’t miss anything, though. Thanks for that info. 👍😉

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