I took a day trip to Wales today. I’ve been wanting to be able say something like that for so long! (I’m working towards going to a different country for solely a meal). The trip was organized by a group at the university, so the buses were all worked out and they gave us a map and a list of points of interest. Other than that, we were free to wander around the towns as we wanted.
The first stop was Conwy, which is about 2.5 hours from Leeds. We got to see the Irish Sea as we drove there. Conwy is a fairly small town, and we didn’t see much of it because we only had 3.5 hours before we needed to be back on the bus. Our first stop was Conwy Castle, which was built by Edward I in the 1200s. It was very impressive. I loved walking around it, because usually in places like these there is a set path that you take. But at Conwy Castle you could go where ever you wanted. There were often multiple different directions you could go, which made it even more exciting. It was almost like a maze. Some of the towers were over 5 stories tall, which gave you excellent views of Conwy and the harbour.
We also saw Aberconwy House, which was only impressive because it’s been standing for 700 years. One of my highlights was seeing the Smallest House in Great Britain. It is 72in wide and 122in tall. Its last resident was 6’3″ tall! Unfortunately, it was closed and we couldn’t go in. Although, there wouldn’t’ve been much to see 😉
Both towns have mostly complete walls surrounding them, so we spent some time walking around on the walls. I think it would be neat to live in a town with walls. “Want to go for a walk along the walls?” Could be very romantic.
Next stop on the trip was Chester, an hours ride from Conwy. Chester was slightly less interesting, and we only had 2 hours to spend there. Chester has a castle as well, but it is no where near as impressive, and is currently being used as a Crown Court and a part of the University of Chester. The town has a bit of roman history, with the largest Roman Amphitheatre ruins in all of Britain. We checked out a church and the cathedral. The church was built in part ruins. On the outside, you could see where the previous church stood and where they had added the new building. There was this strange wooden coffin that was built into the wall high up. I wasn’t able to grasp the reasoning for that from the plaque. One section of the church pews was being used as a library. I really liked the look of all the books lined up on the pews. Each pew was a different genre.
The cathedral was very impressive, but since a service was about to start, we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside. However, hearing the organ and choir made up for it. I wish we had had more time to sit and listen. We wandered down the Row, which is the street with the iconic Chester black and white buildings. Pretty to look at, but not much to do (unless you’re into shopping). With our last 20 mins in Chester, we stopped by the Grosvenor Museum, which had some bits about the Roman history. It was a small museum. And they used Comic Sans -_-