A day at Conwy Castle and the Smallest house in Great Britain

A visit to Conwy castle was meant to be our family half term activity. We had grand plans to see the castle and teach Little Z all about them and show him this part of beautiful Wales. He’s never been and we tend to go up to Scotland so it was a nice plan to have a long day out and learn something at the same time. As luck would have it, the baby was teething and a bit grumpy the night before and family had generously volunteered to look after him so that they could have quality baby nephew time. Little Z decided he didn’t want to go if his brother wasn’t going so a family day out turned into a rare couples day out instead. And it was a lot of fun!

Conwy Castle

Conway Castle was first on our list and we were presented with a huge medieval castle from the 13th century built for Edward I. It is how you imagine an old majestic castle to look with its high towers, a massive fort and bridge on the outside of the castle and beautiful views that royalty must have admired on clear days. It cost £15,000 to build it and you can see that it must have been created with fine sturdy material as the exterior still stands proudly to this day with all its old aged charm.    
The inside is mostly ruins which I was a bit sad about, but then it’s done really well to stand the test of time if it was built over 7 whole centuries ago. You can explore quite freely and there are signs showing the boundaries of each room and Great hall. The towers are still very much intact and you can go up the spiral staircases to get the views at the very top. Like all historical towers, they are designed with the typical spiral staircase which narrows are you get further up. Some little parts are worn away so they aren’t child friendly for very young kids but are still safe, you just have to be a bit careful, especially in rainy weather in case it’s a bit slippery. There aren’t any lifts or ramps so it’s not stroller friendly and I was relieved we’d left the baby at home else we would have had to take turns to go to the top alone.   

Conwy Harbour

Apparently Edward I didn’t really spend much time there at all and I wonder if he treated it as a bit of a holiday home. I definitely would have. The views are so lovely in Conwy and I can imagine that it must have been a very pretty place to walk around. It’s stunning today too but you can tell from all the dates on the architecture that Conwy became a lot more inhabited and established in the 1800s, so it must have been quite a remote place to come to before that. It took us just over an hour to see the whole place and we decided to take a look at the harbour and the rest of Conwy. 

The harbour and town are now very much a bustling place to be. Tourism and fishing are two big things there and the tourist season kicks off in March. As we went in the middle of February we found some places were completely shut. It’s still a very picturesque little place in the winter months and a very nice place to spend the day. We asked a few people where the best fish and chips could be found and ended up in a little place called the Fishermans that served the catch of the day. Their portions were huge but very nice and it felt so nice to have a classic fish, chips and mushy peas lunch with bread and butter and a pot of tea. I’m sure it’s been over 20 years since I last had a lunch like that.  

Smallest house in Great Britain

The harbour is quite big and dominated by fishing and sailing. You can have a good sit down and admire all the boats, as well as the smallest house in Great Britain. It wasn’t due to open till March so we had to make do with peering in through the window. As it’s only one up, one down, there isn’t too much to see but it’s definitely worth popping by even for a few minutes so that you can stand next to the door and feel like a giant. Or at least I did. I’m not sure how a 6ft 3 fisherman lived in it, I’m 5ft tall and I’m pretty sure it would have been just about tall enough for me. It’s still owned today by his descendants and it’s a £1 to go into it to see it all.  

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21 Comments

  1. Lolo February 27, 2017 / 11:16 am

    Love this! I pinned a long time ago that little house! It’s so adorable and I definitely want to visit! Nice to know theres a castle there too I can see! #MondayEscapes
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  2. Coombemill February 27, 2017 / 11:19 am

    I love Conwy, my Mum is from there so we used to go there a lot in my childhood, I wish I could remember the smallest house, it really does look dinky. I do remember the castle just as you show it here. #MondayEscapes
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  3. Joanne Addison February 27, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    I love Conwy – this post brought back lots of happy memories of our time there. Great photos #mondayescapes

  4. MaFt February 27, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    Oh man, I’ve not been there since I was about 13 (nearly a third of my life ago…). Lovely photos!

    Sadly, I’ve never come across the Smallest House though :/ Might have to go camping in North Wales again and take a visit.

  5. Hayley @hayleyfromhome March 1, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    I love your photos Tas, we went camping near Conwy last year but the boys couldn’t even cope with the walls so we decided to give the castle a miss. We were a little disappointe as it’s a good one, most of them in North Wales are total ruins. There is just no way the boys would have contemplated it after the moaning on the walls! Nice that you got a little impromptu couples day together, must have been nice to take your time and see everything and enjoy a lovely lunch together. You’ll have to go back with the boys!
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  6. Sarah MumofThree World March 2, 2017 / 6:36 am

    Conwy castle looks fab and the views look amazing! The harbour reminds me of Padstow. I’m still fascinated by the smallest house in Britain. I just can’t imagine how that poor fisherman could have moved around in there.
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  7. Zena's Suitcase March 3, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    I love Conwy Castle. Your photographs took me right back to our visit a few years ago, we stopped by the smallest house too! Sounds like you had a great day
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  8. Claire Thomas March 3, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    Eek. that house! Drive past Conway Castle at least once a year, I should really stop in!

  9. Mini Travellers March 4, 2017 / 8:31 am

    I haven’t been to Conwy in years and I can’t have visited the castle in a long time. We really need to go back and take the kids. Lovely post and definitely inspired me to visit again. Thanks for linking up to #MondayEscapes
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  10. Rachel @ Coffee Cake Kids March 4, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    We live ten minutes from Conwy now, and we love going and getting chips to sit and eat in the harbour, even throughout the winter. Conwy castle really is beautiful – I bet it was damn impressive in its time!

  11. Lauren Moseley March 5, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    How lucky to get a few child free hours to go exploring. I would love to go back to Wales, amazing landscapes and such beautiful castles to keep a history geek like me happy! #MondayEscapes

  12. Sarah Christie March 8, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    Wow those views are just incredible it looks such a fab place to explore, thanks so much for linking up Tas #Mondayescapes xxx

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