I love castles.
I find it sad that America missed out on the whole castle building era of history.
There's something romantic and awe-inspiring about them...even though their original purpose was as a military stronghold I prefer to think of them as romantic fairy tale residences. Not accurate but who cares?
My castle experience is limited. I have seen a few in Ireland and...well that's it, that's all I got. Though I have to mention I did stay one night at the fantabulous Ashford Castle in Ireland. Beautiful 13th century castle once owned by the infamous Guinness family.
Anyway, on to Britain.
Most impressive on my list was Wales, did you know that Wales has like millions of castles in various states of decomp? I did not.
But they do, they have like over a hundred still standing today...IMPRESSIVE.
We tried to stop by several but for one reason or another ie. raining, not open, etc. we really only had a chance to tour one properly.
But holy hell, I think we picked the best one.
Conwy castle, built by Edward I in the 13th century. The exterior of the castle is almost completely preserved as well as the walled city surrounding the remarkable castle. You can still walk to the top of any of the 8 towers of the castle as well as walk along the wall that protected this ancient city.
SO AMAZING THAT THIS THING IS STILL STANDING!
Stairs up to the wall walk. Taking a little stroll along the wall that guards the city. This wood is OLD, I felt like I was going to fall through it.
This would have been the great hall, fireplace is at the end and a floor is missing which would have been just below the fireplace, where all the holes are along the wall would have been wood beams to support a floor.
Some of the wall that surrounds the city.
A small bit of the town. Such a cute little place, it's like time stood still here!
Oldest house in Conwy, built circa 1300 and still standing!
LOVED visiting this castle. If you're ever in Wales make sure you visit Conwy or some of their other remarkable castles!