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Travel Note Conwy, North Wales


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Eleanor submitted a new resource:

Conwy, North Wales - Medieval town walls, a ruined castle and an Elizabethan Town House....

Visitors to North Wales speed along the A55 and through the Conwy tunnel without a glimpse of the town. Long gone are the days of bottlenecks through Conwy when all traffic had to negotiate Telford’s narrow suspension bridge. Congestion improved when a new road bridge was built in 1958 and this is the dramatic entrance to Conwy. Now traffic completely bypasses the town through the tunnel.

This is a shame as Conwy is one of the best walled towns in Britain and still maintains its medieval...
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Great pictures. Do you know why the Welsh Dragon flag was flying at half mast?

I love Conwy. I first visited the castle nearly 60 years ago and fell in love with it. To a young child walking into it, you could still imagine it was still lived in. There is still the same sense of excitement even now each time I visit...


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Hmmm...I do not remember why the flag was hanging half mast. Something is “nibbling” at my memory, but I just cannot pull it up. My husband may remember...I can ask him when he gets home tonight.
We loved the Welsh castles...especially Conwy and Caerphilly Castle. My husband is fascinated by castles...I cannot even count how many we stopped to see during our 12 day visit.
There are some wonderful castles in Wales. I also like Caerphilly and particularly its leaning tower which defied the Cromwell army's attempts to blow it up.

Have you visited Beaumaris with its moat and possibly the best example of a concentric castle?

The best web site for people wanting to visit the Welsh Castles is this one. It has information and pictures on every Welsh Castle from splendid ones like Conwy to those that are just a mound in the ground....


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We have not been to Beaumaris, but I will make a note of that one for a future trip. We did cross over the bridge, but only visited the small town with the longest name...Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. My cousin and her husband from Llanelli were driving that day, so we just let them decide on the stops. I am not sure when we will get back to Wales. We will be in Oxford in October (our daughter’s British wedding reception...her fiancé is from Oxford) and London, but will not get to Wales this trip...all my Welsh relatives are coming to Oxford for the reception. But when we do go back, your suggestions will be great to have!
Is the website you referred to the one at the bottom of your post?
Stupid me, I forgot to add the link to Castles of Wales website. Thank you for pointing that out.

There are a very few Welsh Castles on my website (most of the ones we visited were in pre digital times and I don't have pictures). It covers castles, stately homes, gardens and churches across England, Wales and Scotland. it is very much a work in progress and each time I visit somewhere new with the camera I add another page.

Llanfair PG (the shortened and more easily remembered and pronounced name for Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch ) is actually a Victorian con...The name was invented for promotional purposes in the 1860s to encourage visitors. Beddgelert and the legend of Gelert date from the same time, being invented by the landlord of the Goat Hotel to encourage visitors.

Llanfair PG is the longest place name in Europe. Like many Welsh place names it is descriptive. In this case "Saint Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near the rapid whirlpool and the Church of Saint Tysilio of the red cave".


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Oh, lovely...it is wonderful to have that link! And interesting tidbit about the origination of that town’s name. My cousin and her husband are Welsh speaking...they only speak Welsh among themselves and their family. Sometimes when driving, we would be talking and they would revert to Welsh without thinking! They attempted to teach me a few Welsh phrases, but I seriously could not get my tongue around the words. Even the road signs threw me on occasion when we were driving and I tried to tell my husband where to turn. See a screenshot I took of our Garmin! I just told him to take Exit 16A!


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