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    Climb the Walls!

    by Myfanwe Written Sep 1, 2009

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    The Town Walls of Conwy are judged as the finest in Britain. The construction of the Walls went hand in hand with that of the Castle and were completed by 1287. They are really well preserved and together with the Castle have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    You can take the steps up to the walkway at the top of the walls from various points in the town. The views from the top are incredible allowing you a great vantage point over the town, estuary and beyond.

    You are allowed to wander around the Town Walls for FREE. Some parts of the pathway is uneven and there are a few inclines but you will be rewarded with some great views and photo opportunities once you get there.

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    Climb the towers of the Castle

    by Myfanwe Updated Sep 1, 2009

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    Conwy Castle is a splendid example of medeival military architecture. It stands on the banks of the River Conwy comandeering a fine vantage point over the land and sea. Conwy Castle was part of the 'Iron Ring' of Castles which were created by King Edward I to quell the Welsh uprisings with the others being at Ruthin, Caernarfon, Beaumaris and Harlech. The Castle and borough were constructed between 1283 and 1287, they were built by a workforce of over 15,000 men under the supervision of Master James of St George, an architect who acted on instructions from the King.

    The Castle as it stands now is looked after by Cadw (Welsh meaning: to keep), who look after and preserve Welsh Historic Monuments. It is a fascinating place to look around & explore, you can climb to the top of the towers to get glorious views of the town, sea and mountains. I especially liked the stonework of the Chapel in the North East tower.

    I would highly recommend a look around the Castle. There are various information boards for you to read as you go around and a very good gift shop near the entrance.

    Conwy Castle Views of the Conwy River from one of the Towers
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    RSPB Bird Sanctuary

    by Balam Updated Sep 1, 2009

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    This RSPB bird sanctuary is situated on the banks of the River Conwy estuary and it has some magnificent views of Conwy Castle and Snowdonia, there are birds to see at any time of the year. The reserve was created following the construction of the Conwy A55 road tunnel in order to provide a safe haven for waders at high tide throughout the year and for many other birds.

    Birds can always be seen from the the coffee shop which is open from 10am-4.30pm (to 4pm from November to March). and there are telescopes set up to help you identify them, if your struggling a bit the visitors centre sells a wide range of books and charts to aid in spotting which kind of Sparrow or duck is wading flying overhead or wading through the water and the RSPB experts can help you spot that they are in fact godwits, shelducks, Oyster catchers or any of more than 200 different species of bird that have been seen at this reserve.
    There is a network of paths and hides, and guided walks are available and even if the birds do not interest you that much it is a lovely place for a walk on a nice day

    Hot and cold drinks some lovely looking lunches, sandwiches, cakes and Traditional Welsh snacks are available from the Coffee Shop.

    RSPB Members free
    Non-members: adults £2.50
    concessions £1.50
    children £1

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    Church of St Marys & All Saints

    by Balam Written Sep 1, 2009

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    The Church of St Marys & All Saints is situated in the heart of the walled town of Conwy.
    Conwy Parish church was Founded in the Honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary and All Saints and was originally the Cistercian Abbey of Aberconwy with building starting in 1172 AD being completed in 1186, The welsh Prince Llewelyn the Great granted the Abbey a charter in 1198.
    The abbey was a depository for welsh records and a mausoleum for native welsh princes (which were since removed).
    in 1245 an English army under King Henry III ransacked the Abbey stealing books and chalices and burning the buildings.

    It was in 1283 that king Edward I moved the Abbey to Maenan rebuilding the church (many parts of the old one remain such as The east and west buttresses and parts of the walls (mostly on the north side). The lower stages of the tower and the porches were built in the 14th C with the Tower being completed in the 15th C and the Rood screen errected and the font was installed. During the 16th C the aisle roofs were raised and then the nave roof in 1872.

    the Clock in the tower was a gift from Lord Penrhyn in the 19th C.

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    Lifeboat Station

    by Balam Written Sep 1, 2009

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    The RNLI Lifeboat house was established in 1966 and is of course situated on The Quay, The doors are sometimes left open so you can see the current lifeboat a D class Lifeboat which is a D-627 Arthur Bate II and has been in service since 2004 when it replaced the D-482 Arthur Bate which had been in service since 1995 provided from the bequest of the late Arthur Charles Bate.

    There is a shop were you can buy Lifeboat and RNLI themed items.

    Donations are always apreciated. RNLI Registered Charity Number 209603

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    Conwy RSPB Reserve

    by Myfanwe Written Aug 31, 2009

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    The RSPB Reserve at Conwy is a haven for Wildlife. It is situated on the banks of the Conwy Estuary and has several bird hides overlooking the Wetland areas. While I was there I saw a flock of about 200 Curlew flying around, Oystercatchers, Bar-tailed Godwit and many others. This is an excellent place to go for a walk even if you're not really into birding. The paths and boardwalks take you on a circular route around the reserve. I particularly enjoyed the views of the castle whilst walking back up the estuary path towards the entrance.

    There is an entrance fee of £2.50 for non-members of the RSPB. There is a well equipped shop by the reception and a coffee shop and toilets in the adjacent building.

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    Conwy Mussel Museum

    by Balam Written Aug 28, 2009

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    Musseling in Conwy today is still carried out in the traditional way and at this small Museum in the Mussel purification plant you can see how the mussels are cleaned and purified. Learn some interesting things as Conwy was once one of the most important pearl fisheries in the country. In the early 19th Century over 4 kilos of pearls from Conwy mussels were sent each week to jewellers in London. You can find out whose crown once housed a Conwy pearl and find out how mussels are harvested today. There is a display of old photographs and equipment which has been used by generations of mussel men.
    Conwy mussels are a popular delicacy but the season for gathering Mussels only lasts during the winter months and the fishermen hope that by opening the museum in the purification plant to summer visitors they will be able to supplement their income.

    There is a stall selling Crab lines buckets nets and Bait as well as fresh Mussels, Cockles, Prawns, Whelks at £2.50 per tub and Crab Sticks at £1 per tub.

    Admission Free

    Open Daily 10.30 to 4.30 from Easter to 1st September

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    Suspension Bridge

    by Balam Updated Aug 28, 2009

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    Thomas Telford's Conwy Suspension Bridge opened in 1826 as part of Telfords improvements to the Bangor-Chester road. Although on nothing like the scale of his suspension bridge across the Menai Strait, it stands beneath the 13th century Conwy Castle and is open to public, along with the Tollkeeper's house.for a charge of £1 to help with the costs of £58,000 per year it takes to maintain it.

    During his life, Thomas Telford built more than 1,000 miles of road, including the main road from London to Holyhead. It was during the construction of this ambitious project that he was invited to build a bridge spanning the Conwy estuary. Before that the only way across was via to small ferry's. Telford's original plan was to build a cast-iron bridge, but he changing his mind he opted on what was then a far more pioneering design.

    The impressive structure is made even more impressive because it stands next to Conwy Castle. For the bridge to be constructed a part of the castle (the sea gate and landing stages) actually had to be demolished during the bridge's construction in order for the suspension cables to be anchored into the rock. Telford matched the bridge's supporting towers with the castle's turrets, a style similar to one of his other famous bridges, the Menai Suspension Bridge in Bangor.

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    Smallest House

    by Balam Updated Aug 27, 2009

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    Conwy has the smallest house in the United Kingdom, it measures only 3.05m high by 1.8m wide. The house was occupied until 1900 and the last inhabitant was a fisherman who was 6' 3" tall.

    Adults £1

    Opening Hours:
    April - June approx 10.00am - 6.00pm
    July - August approx 10.00 am - 9.00pm
    Sept - October approx 10.00am - 6.00pm
    Closed Good Friday

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    Walk along the Harbour

    by Balam Updated Aug 10, 2009

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    You do not have to spend a lot of money in Conwy, after the castle, Plas Mawr and Aberconwy House you can buy some fish and chips and then you can just take a walk along the harbour front past the smallest house and back again. Try some mussels from a stall and have a look around the gift shop. The fishing boats make some great photo opportunities and as the sun goes down it could be quite romantic.

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    Plas Mawr

    by uglyscot Updated May 25, 2008

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    This is claimed to be Britain's finest Elizabethan Town House. It belonged to Robert Wynne or Gwynne who had been an influential merchant. He was fond of grandeur and when he had the house built filled it with colour and symbols of grandeur, both new and old -fashioned It was built between 1576 and 1585.
    Not all rooms have been furnished but you can see the Lower Dining Hall, kitchen and pantry, and courtyard on the ground floor. Upstairs are bedrooms and the great hall.
    It is well worth the visit.
    Note especially the ornamental plasterwork in the hall, repainted in its original colours, and the ceilings. He had his initials RW or RG and those of his wife Dorothy [DG] carved everywhere along with his own and the royal coat of arms.

    There is an audio guide available free, and in various rooms audio-visual displays as well.

    There is also a possibility that the attic is haunted. My daughter was told that Robert's first wife fell ill and died giving birth to her second child . Their 3 year old son also became ill and died. Robert Wynne was said to have blamed the doctor and kept him imprisoned until he died.
    Adults £5.10, reduced£4.70; children under 5 free

    A ticket including both the house and Conwy castle is also on sale
    £7 , reduced £6

    Open from 9 am -5 pm 1 Apr- 30 Sept Tuesday to Sunday
    9.30 am -4 pm from 1-31 October
    It is closed on Mondays.

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    14th century Aberconwy House

    by uglyscot Updated May 25, 2008

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    Aberconwy house dates to c 1300, and is the oldest in Conwy , if not in Wales. It is a timbered stone house which belonged to a merchant.
    It is open from 20 March - 2 November except Tuesdays. It is open from 11am-5pm and admission is £3 and £1,50 for children.
    Inside is typical furniture and utensils [pewter plates], as well as paintings.
    The inside walls are timbered and the windows are narrow with diamond shaped panes. Rush mats imitate what would have been strewn rushes.

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    the smallest house in Great Britain

    by uglyscot Updated May 25, 2008

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    This fisherman's cottage is squeezed in between the town wall. The last person to live in it was 6ft 3inches tall. The house itself is 10ft high and 4ft 2in wide.
    Admission fee is £1 , or 50p for children. It opens at 10am. from April to October.

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    St Mary's church and graveyard

    by uglyscot Updated May 20, 2008

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    The church is tucked away in the middle of Conwy. and is nothing special to look at. It was built on the site of a Cistercian Abbey in 1185. by Llewelyn ap Iorwerth. The door was locked so I couldn't go in, but my main interest was a fenced off grave, although the stone itself cannot be seen. The stone , the brochures claim , was the inspiration for Wordsworth's poem "We are Seven" that haunted me as a young teenager. Though having done a google search and found Wordsworth's own notes on the poem, I now have my doubts,

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    Lancaster square, Llewellyn statue

    by uglyscot Updated May 20, 2008

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    Lancaster Square is not far from the railway station, and has seats where you can rest- not that it is really necessary as the town is so small you can cover it in 10 minutes, well a bit longer, but not much.
    In the square is a brightly coloured statue of Llewelyn ap Iorwerth . Llewelyn came to power, as they did in those far off days, by grabbing it from his uncle. But, he turned out to be greatest Welsh statesman of the Middle Ages, by bringing much of Wales under his power. Unfortunately he died in 1240 just when there was a chance of an Independent Wales becoming a reality..
    He developed castle building, supported abbeys, and tried to ensure the smooth succession of his son David from his wife Joan, the illegitimate daughter of King John , but was outsmarted by King Henry III.

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