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Conwy

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27 travelers at this place:

  • Day22

    Betws-y-coed

    September 22 in the United Kingdom

    A lovely day exploring such a lovely area of Wales. Left our fairly rustic accomodation in search of a laundromat as washing machine not working! We drove about 39 minutes to Llandudno where we anticipated finding the one on the Internet. To our surprise this was a huge town on the coast with a whole strand of hotels and shops. There were cars everywhere and crowds of people on very narrow streets. We drove around but had little hope of finding a laundramat as the streets were so busy, and narrow and all the signage was in Welsh! We carried onto Conwy, a much smaller and quieter town characterised by a huge castle and castle walls that surrounded the town except for the sea frontage. We had our left over tea with us so found a spot to eat it, which was lovely. We headed into the castle and every turn was amazing. We actually found it more impressive than Edinburgh Castle as older and more to see, even though no guides and a lot less people. Really worth a visit. We then walked down to the pier to find Britain’s smallest house. Not only was it small but so was the lady outside so I looked like a giant! We carried onto a very small village only 4 miles from where we are staying and located a good laundramat. While our washing went round I got rounder by eating yet another gorgeous scone, this time at the quaintest little house covered in ivy with very low ceilings and heaps of character. After picking up our washing we returned to the cottage to organise a parcel of “heavy gifts” to send home. We then wandered into town for dinner and a lovely drink- and good wifi at a bar. Ireland tomorrow.Read more

  • Day8

    Small Improvements

    October 23 in the United Kingdom

    It wasn't until I had already had a handful of "chips" and a few bits of my lava-hot food that I realized that the lamb moussaka has aubergine (eggplant) in it, which I hate, and surprisingly didn't mind. Either this restaurant is the best at making food I don't like and I should have had mushrooms too, or I was very hungry, possibly a combination. In the end though it was a highly satisfying, very filling meal. I also manage to luck out with the locals again and they were able send me on my way to the hostel, as well as recomend a nice way to drive to Cardiff. On my way over I didn't stall the car once! Upon arrival I got the perfect parking spot, a popsicle, and even a bottom bunk; obviously things are going well. It may only be 7, and I'm sure there's plenty of things to do, but I think I like my lazy way of traveling. Tonight will be about more quality time reading, and tomorrow the adventure will start all over again.

    P.S. I feel as if I'll come home with insane legs from all these stairs I've been climbing, or at the very least, the ability to climb more stairs than before.
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  • Day9

    Full day, in every way

    October 24 in the United Kingdom

    So not only did I have a bottom bunk, but I also only had one other person in my room. After we were talking for a bit she told me that she actually studies in Edinburgh, so I'll have a second person to visit while I'm there. Turns out that one week of traveling, walking just about everywhere, and trying to see and remember everything I can really takes it out of you. I was asleep by just after eight. Getting my beauty rest (not that I need it) of about twelve hours, I was refreshed and ready to go. The YHA hostel didn't include breakfast, but did have it to buy, and when you're next to a small town at eight in the morning, it's most certainly the best option. Luckily it wasn't just a toast and cereal situation but a full breakfast, and only £6.50. After eating my fill, and being offered seconds (where would I have put it?), I packed up my things to get ready for the day. But before I left, I absolutely had to check out their rooftop terrace. Holy shit! Not only was the view incredible, but the castle was right there! When I drove in at night I had no idea just how close it was. Finally getting my things in to the car, which I was able to leave at the hostel while going in to town, I started walking down. My new friend walked with me for part of it, and was even able to show me where the entrance to the outer wall was. One of the things I found to be fascinating is that you can walk along the outer wall, which is still standing. I also learned that the castle and wall were built at the same time, and took only four years to complete. Over 700 years old, and still in functioning order. Once I had made my way to the end of the wall, I walked to my next destination... and it wasn't the castle. I actually didn't think I was going to be able to see it because when I was planning my trip I thought it was too far out of my way; I was pretty happy to be wrong. The smallest house in Great Britain! They are really not kidding. I'm not even tall and I don't think I could fit comfortably, but it was pretty fun to check out. Next, I grabbed some coffee at a Costa, which I've seen about as frequently as Starbucks back home. I would also like to say that I got to the castle at about ten past ten, and was literally witnessing shops opening, and some didn't even have signs of life yet. This town may have a major attraction, but it's still a sleepy village.

    For some reason I expect every castle to be the same, but I'm still interested in going to different ones, and I'm always excited once I'm there; so at least it's still a good time. After climbing the ramp to the castle I was immediately greeted with my favorite thing, an information sign. This place was loaded with all sorts of facts and it made my nerd heart sing. Naturally I had to find all of them, all while taking a few hundred photos, and climbing every tower. You might think that once you've climbed one tower, you've climbed them all, but you would only be sort of right... other ones have different perspective for photos. Also, every tower had a different purpose, and though they may be long since empty, I need to see for myself. A few hours of climbing stone steps later, and I was ready for my next stop.

    A short drive later, with no stalling (I even managed to reverse), I arrived at Bodnant Gardens. This place, as I found out, has a rich history and a vast, sloping property that would have probably taken days to see everything. It was home to one of the first suffragettes, and the garden she created was to celebrate women's right to vote. Truly, this place was spectacular. I made sure to get a few hundred photos there as well. Most photos I took are of flowers, the landscape, and even some architecture, but one of my favorite photos is of a "helios chronometer," meaning "sun time measure." When I saw this, let's call it a contraption, I just assumed it was a funky little sun dial, but I was fortunate enough to have a volunteer come over to show me just how wrong I was. He informed me that you input the month and day, then you line up the pinhole to the sun and it would show not only the hour, but the minutes as well... and just as he said this, the sun came out. The sun had been hidden all day, and after letting me see just how this contraption worked, it was hidden by clouds once more. I figured, after a perfect moment like that, I should probably head to my next destination, and only four hours away, Cardiff.
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  • Day33

    Conwy RSPB reserve

    August 21, 2015 in the United Kingdom

    Reserve is by the estuary overlooking Conwy Castle. Friendly staff who advised us on the best telescope to get. We ended up buying another tripod too (see the kit in the photo). Great quality telescope enabled us to see loads including Beautiful lapwings, Bar Tailed Godwits, Tufted Ducks and Dunlins.

  • Day9

    Gareth Wyn Jones - Family Farm

    August 4 in the United Kingdom

    Got to visit a sheep farm in northern Wales operated by Gareth Wyn Jones...a local farmer trying to find ways to make sheep farming profitable and useful in the current economy. Honest, genuine, and forward thinking in his views. Great guy, and great time!😊

  • Day6

    Bounce Below

    July 9 in the United Kingdom

    We found this place before we left as a surprise for the kids - an old Victorian slate mine that they have turned into a trampoline park!
    After walking a wee way into the old mines we came across this amazing world of nets and slides, several floors and rooms all set over a huge cavern, very cool and exhilarating. Unfortunately no one mentioned you had to be fit for this, after 10 mins Dad had to hop out for a rest... we all loved it though and it's certainly not something we'll forget easily.Read more

  • Day14

    Llandudno

    October 6, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Heute ging es zum grössten Seebad von Wales nach Llandudno, hier war eine Fahrt mit einer Strassenbahn angesagt, die auf halbem Weg zur Bergfahrt wurde. An der Bergstation angekommen studierten wir die Tafeln und staunten nicht schlecht dass hier sogar die Schweizer Firma Doppelmayr am Werk war. Das Tram wir über einen Kabelzug angetrieben und das eine Tram zieht das andere mit der Schwerkraft hoch. Auf dem Berggipfel haben wir auch noch das Restaurant mit den feinen Desserts erkundet.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Conwy, CWY, Конуи, Sir Conwy, Bwrdeistref Sirol Conwy, Co-chorp Coontae Chonwy, קונווי, コンウィ, 콘위 주, Konvis, Conwy grevskapsdistrikt, Conwy Coonty Burgh, Конві, 康威自治市

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