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Sat, 16 May 2020

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 too.

Statue of Llywelyn the Great (Llywelyn ap Iorwerth), King of Gwynedd in North Wales and eventually ruler of all Wales. The statue is in the centre of Conwy town. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

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 there.

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 year, what 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

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