From Chester it is easy and cheap to access northern Wales and Snowdonia. I went on a day trip to Llandudno which is a seaside resort that, although it is packed in the summertime, was practically deserted when I was there. It was also a cold, rainy day which may have contributed to it. The north Welsh Coast is very scenic, and I spent an enjoyable few hours climbing up the Great Orm (a hill by the sea) and mingling with the goats and sheep. But while I was at the top it poured down, and I spent a very wet 45 minutes slip-sliding my way back into town. After warming up and having lunch in a cafe I had a little wander around the town and soon learned that besides hiking the Great Orm, there isn't much to do in Llandudno on a cold winter's day.
So in the early afternoon I hopped on the train with the intention of just going back home to Chester and taking a warm bath. After all, I was covered in mud and sheep poo. But from the train I spotted a beautiful castle and so hopped off at the next stop to
View from across the river Conwy
go see it. I ended up discovering the tiny town of Conwy, which I had never heard of before. It was a gorgeous walled town dominated by the massive castle built by Edward I as part of his effort to control Wales. I wished that I had more time to explore it but unfortunately it was getting dark and I had to catch my train back. But I did enjoy the castle which was incredible. I will have to go back someday...
I wish I remembered more about the castle. If I find the leaflets from it I will add more info. I can say it was like something out of a fairy tale! And when it was originally built it would have been rendered (smoothed over) and painted white. A big white castle! All you need then is a knight in shining armor on a white steed and you really are a princess! Here are the pictures.
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