History of Conwy, North Wales - Interview with
Councillor Bill Chapman
With travel and lockdown restrictions gradually
being lifted, most NTOs will be looking at domestic markets to
reignite their tourism industry.
Conwy Town in North Wales has long been a
favourite holiday destination for those living not only in Wales,
but also with travellers in Ireland, England and Scotland
Just three hours from London by train, and even
less from places like Manchester and Liverpool, Conwy, with its
fresh, clean air, friendly people, and an abundance of history and
charm, is an ideal base from which to explore this breathtakingly
beautiful part of North Wales.
Whether you want to walk around the town walls,
let your imagination run wild with thoughts of what life was like
when the 700-year old castle was built, enjoy some of the
delightful tea, coffee and pastry shops, treat yourself to some of
the freshest and most delicious Welsh cuisine available, or enjoy
some of the fun leisure activities available just a short drive
away, Conwy has something for everyone.
To learn more about the town's history, Steven
Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com sat down with Conwy Town Councillor
and ex-Mayor, Bill Chapman, to ask him to share some insights into
what makes this small historic town so very special.
In the interview, filmed in February 2020, Bill
tells us who designed the castle, when it was built, why it was built, how long it took to build, how many people built
the castle and how they used an even older castle just across the harbour
to build it, and why.
You will learn more about the castle's fascinating
history, what role the castle plays in Conwy today, how the town
uses the castle to promote art, history and tourism, and what
people visiting the town can expect to see and do when they are
Bill also tells us how Conwy Castle is at the
centre of a chain of castles in North Wales, what conservation is
being carried out on the castle, whether there are any plans to
rebuild parts of it, and what other historic places of interest
there are close by.
You will also learn where to buy medieval armour in
Conwy, whether any battle reenactments take place throughout the
festivals take place in Conwy, how important the Welsh language is
to the town, and what Conwy is doing to promote sustainable
tourism. All that and much, much more in the
HD video and podcast below.
Editor's note: It is with a
very heavy heart that I inform you that Bill, a kind, learned man,
father and husband, with an almost encyclopedic knowledge and
passion for language and history, passed away peacefully on 21 May
2020. He is a loss to us all. May he rest in peace.
History of Conwy, North Wales - Interview with Councillor Bill Chapman