Pen Y Gwryd Hotel
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This castle was begun in 1295, on the order of King Edward I, in reaction to a Welsh rising. Although work initially progressed rapidly, funds were eventually siphoned off tp deal with troubles in Scotland, and the castle was never completed.
The design is actually amazing and relatively foolproof. Walking around and climbing on the unfinished remains gives you great insight into the planning and reasoning behind the ...
... That, then, knocked the rest of the dominoes down. We ended up having to take 4 total trains and then the LONGEST 20 mile trip on a bus that you can imagine!! Oh, no, the trip's not over! We had received directions from the B&B owners about getting to their place once we were in town. It seemed to involve just a little over 1/2 of walking. We had been sitting for SO long, I convinced Ron we should walk (even tho a taxi was one suggestion ...
... Portmerion is now run by a charitable trust and, presumably, they don’t have enough money to preserve it properly.
For those old enough to remember, the TV series "The Prisoner", with Patrick McGoohan, was filmed at Portmerion. Interestingly, William Ellis was educated at Oundle School – we were in Oundle before going to North Wales!
Our second day was spent in Conwy, a medieval walled town with a castle built by King Edward I ...
... of it, arriving well before noon to tour the very large castle built by Edward I. A royal castle, only three kings ever stayed there: Edward I, his son Edward II, and Richard II (great-grandson of Edward II). The signs posted around were well done, though I wish there’d been more of them.
After a walk around the town and happening upon the smallest house in Britain (dimensions: 10 x 5.9ft in floor area and ...
... military stronghold, a seat of government and a royal palace, and the last link in his 'Iron Ring'. It was also the place where Charles was invested as Prince of Wales in 1969.
After lunch we crossed the Britannia Bridge onto the Isle of Anglesey, and drove around some of its 120+ miles of glorious craggy coastline. The landscape here is a bit flatter than the rugged hills of Snowdonia, and the rolling hills are home ...