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Tal-Y-Bont, Conwy, LL32 8YX, gb
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Travel Tips for Conwy
Just 5 miles away is Llandudno with its large sweeping bay sheltered by Great Orme at one end and Little Orme at the other. Great Orme and Little Orme are the names given to the rock formations that lie at each end of the bay.
This photo is of Little Orme, my mum when we were kids always said it looked like the head of an elephant lying with its trunk in the water.
Conwy has over three quarters of a mile (1.2 km) of Medievil town walls, They are certainly among the finest and most complete sets in Europe,
There are 21 towers at regular intervals of about 46m. The walls are 1.68m thick and 9m high, The towers are15m high iat their highest and externally it would have presented a continuous stone face and would have been formidable to any would be invaders.
The towers were open backed and the wall walkway was suported across them by a series of removable wooden bridges.which ensured that each section could be isolated if it was attacked and scaled.
At the wall walk level each tower had a floor that was set back from the bridge giving access to the lower arrowslits and to a stair going to the battlements. not all the towers would have been roofed.
The construction of the town walls went hand in hand with the castles construction and both were esentialy complete by 1286.
These two gulls were sitting on a wall in the ruins of Conwy Castle. In Conwy you can also see the smallest house in UK, an old fisherman's cottage that is only 3 metres high. Or you could see Aberconwy House, a restored 14th century house. Both within easy walking distance behind the city walls
There used to be a cistercian monastary at the mouth of the river/estuary until Edward I took over North Wakes in 1282. He wanted to build a castle and fortify the town so the monks had to move.
The photograph is taken from the town walls.
Apart from the castle, the most striking feature of Conwy, is the old town wall, which still rings the old town and stretches for 1.2 kms or so. The walls defended the castle well, with their 21 towers, and three gateways.