Sunday, 29 April 2007

Visit to Conwy in Wales (28 Apr 07)

We went to Conwy yesterday with a group of international students. This trip was organized by International Office from University of Leeds. We were told to gather at Parkinson Building before 8am. It was really a long day for us as we have to wake up at 6:30am to prepare breakfast. The coach was fully seated, most students/ research fellows are from China and the others are from Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Italy & etc ( I would say most are Asian). I called this trip as a 'free and easy' package. We had transportation ready for us, we had a group leader who provided leftlets and informations. However, we were given freedom to explore the place freely. Basically we went there as a group, but then we were on our own when we reach the destination.

The journey took us about 3 hours to reach Conwy. Conwy stands along the coast, it is really a very attractive place. The main attaraction in Conwy is the Conwy Castle which was constructed in year 1283~1289, by English King Edward. Standing on the castle will enable you to see into the castle's Great Hall (it has no roof), which the height is over 38 metres. Conwy Castle is surrounded with ring of town walls (have to take spiral staircase to reach to the top), where we could enjoy breathtaking views of mountains and sea. Basically, the castle is surrounded by sea and river. The admission ticket for the castle is 4.50 pounds for an adult; 4.00 pounds for a student; 3.50 pounds for a child; family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) for 11.50 pounds.

Conwy town is surrounded and once was protected by Conwy's Town Walls. It was built in 13th century, and is considered to most remaining medieval wall in Britain. The walls are completely intact and are mostly unspoilt by later building. The walkway of Conwy's Walls is approximately 3/4 miles long, and visitors will have to take about 30 minutes to complete walking the walkway.

The town.

Conwy Castle and Conwy Town Walls.

Playing hide and seek.... haha!

View captured from Conwy Castle.

You may find Conwy suspension bridge behind the castle. The bridge was designed by Thomas Telford and built in 1826. The suspension bridge spans the River Conwy and it' supporting towers match the turrets of the medieval castle. Visitors will have to pay 1 pound (adult)/ 50 pence (children) or 3 pounds (family) for bridge crossing. We didn't have time to explore this amazing experience.
Conwy Suspension Bridge.

We also went around Conwy town to take a walk.

An armour shop in Conwy.

Another attraction of Conwy is the Conwy Beach. It's really beautiful and nice! Conwy is well known for fish and chip, we ordered two sets of fish and chip for lunch. We had our lunch beside the sea. Out there, with seagulls flew on top of us, wind was whispering in our ears, children were having great time fishing crabs... all these puzzles make Conwy a nice piece of arts! How I wish I could stay a little bit longer at Conwy.

Britain Smallest House measures only 3.05m high by 1.8m wide. To visit this amazing drawf house, visitors will have to pay a little bit for the entrance (75 pence for adult, 50 pence for student and 50 pence for kid).

British Smallest House

Bye Conwy!

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