For the past couple of weeks, we have been learning about castles and everything that goes with them, so we decided to take the boys on a trip to see a medieval castle.
We decided to head to Conwy castle because although it is a ruin, it is a well maintained one, meaning that a lot of the original structure is still in place.
The castle was built in the 1200’s by English Monarch, King Edward the 1st and was used as part of his plan to establish an English presence within Wales. Throughout the ages the castle has seen its fair share of bloodshed, yet it still stands today, dominating the surrounding landscape.
To be honest this is not a very baby or toddler friendly day out, in fact there are a lot of sheer drops with only a small wall or very open fencing preventing someone from falling. It isn’t exactly easy for people with mobility issues to navigate either, so it wasn’t great for the pram.
Despite the need for some safety checks and vast improvements in regards to safeguarding, it really is an intriguing place to visit, the views from the castle are just breath-taking and the staff were really helpful and friendly. We could only access the ground floor as we had the pram, but there was a lot to see on this level. We had a great time looking around and were particularly intrigued by The Great Hall and the Stables. We then went to the front of the castle to take in the views of the river. We spent a bit of time in this bit of the castle because Oliver loved looking at all of the boats on the River.
Conwy itself is such a quaint little town with a lot of character. After visiting the castle, we got some chips and sat down by the waterfront, I’m originally from a seaside town so this was such a treat for me. After our chippy dinner, we took a stroll along the river and took in the sunset before heading home.
We had such a lovely time and the visit to the castle gave us a lot of inspiration for some play ideas surrounding our ‘castle theme’.