The town of Conwy is a popular place to visit in North Wales, due to its history. The walled town faces the mouth of the River Conwy and is a great place to take kids for the day out. There are plenty of attractions around the town, with the medieval castle being the highlight, so when looking at North Wales holiday homes for sale, be sure to have a day out in the town. But how much do you know about the place?
The smallest house in Britain can be found in Conwy. The red house measures 3.05 metres by 1.8 metres and is located on the quay. It was occupied from the 16th century to 1900 when the owner, a fisherman named Richard Jones who, at 6-feet tall, was forced to move out due to hygiene. The house is still owned by his descendants today and you can go on a quick tour of the house for a small charge.
There are many medieval walled towns around the world, but Conwy’s walls are the most complete that are still standing in the UK. You can walk around the walls; some sections are free and others require a small fee. The oldest structure in the town is part of the wall, at the southern end of the east side. People who are born within the town walls of Conwy are nicknamed ‘jackdaws’ after the jackdaws that live on the walls.
Conwy Castle is one of the best-preserved castles in North Wales, and its stunning towers and walls have been the subject of many photographs and paintings. Around the 18th and 19th century, before the castle was turned into the tourist attraction it is today, the ruins were considered picturesque, and artists such as Thomas Girton, Paul Sandby and J.M.W. Turner have immortalised the castle with paint.
Conwy Suspension Bridge is another popular attraction in the town. It was designed by Thomas Telford who designed the bridges supporting towers to match the turrets of the castle. Construction on the bridge finished in 1826. The bridge was built to replace the ferry and spans the River Conwy next to the castle. The bridge is now open to pedestrians only and is in the care of the National Trust.
Conwy Castle was built between 1283 and 1289 by Edward I of England as part of his conquering the principality of Wales, and has had many uses over the years, due to its strategic position near the River Conwy and in North Wales. It was used as a stronghold for several kings and princes of Wales, and as a refuge by Richard II from forces of his rival Henry Bolingbroke, who would later become Henry IV. Henry VIII conducted restoration to Conwy Castle during the 1520s and 1530s, during which it was used as a prison, depot and residence for visitors.
Aberconwy Abbey was founded by Llywelyn the Great before the site was taken over by Edward I and his troops who moved the monks further back into the Conwy Valley to Maenan. Remains of Aberconwy Abbey, which was once the most important abbey in North Wales during the 13th century, has been incorporated into the parish church of Conwy.
Zombie Safe Haven
Though a zombie apocalypse is something we will hopefully never worry about, Conwy is a place to go to save yourself from the zombies due to the walls. In the cult classic book World War Z, the author Max Brooks singles out Conwy as a safe haven, stating the undead would be unable to breach the walls and would serve as the base for the government to take back the country!
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