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Conwy Castle, Wales

Conwy Castle was built by Edward I, during his conquest of Wales, between 1283 and 1289. Constructed as part of a wider project to create the walled town of Conwy, the combined defenses cost around £15,000, a huge sum for the period. Over the next few centuries, the castle played an important part in several wars. It withstood the siege of Madog ap Llywelyn in the winter of 1294–95, acted as a temporary haven for Richard II in 1399 and was held for several months by forces loyal to Owain Glyndŵr in 1401.

Following the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1642, the castle was held by forces loyal to Charles I, holding out until 1646 when it surrendered to the Parliamentary armies. In the aftermath the castle was partially slighted by Parliament to prevent it being used in any further revolt, and was finally completely ruined in 1665 when its remaining iron and lead was stripped and sold off.

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Ten towns in Britain that are worth a visit

Hereford, England

This beautiful town is crossed by the River Wye,  you can walk along its banks and have a picnic in Bishops Meadow, open parkland by the river. Visit its wonderful cathedral  home to the Mappa Mundi and the Cider Museum.

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Llandudno, Wales

Walk or take the tram to the summit of the Great Orme, you’ll be rewarded with a splendid view of Llandudno, a popular seaside resort in Wales. On your way up, stop at the Great Orme Copper Mine for a fascinating look at how copper was mined 3,000 years ago. The amazing town of Conwy with its impressive castle is close this town.

Photo by Jason Selby

Knaresborough, England

Spectacularly located on a crag above the River Nidd, Knaresborough was mentioned in the Domesday book and parts of the town date from Anglo-Saxon times. Visit the Petrifying Well and Mother Shipton’s cave. Don’t miss the streets around the central Cross.  

Photo by AngelCrutch

Crail, Scotland

This charming fishing village in the pretty East Neuk of Fife has cobbled streets that tumble down to the miniature harbour, which is sheltered by cliffs and surrounded by attractive fishing cottages. The 13th-century St Mary’s Church is known as one of Scotland’s most beautiful ancient churches.

Photo by Ian Kenn

Truro, England

Cornwall’s only city, Truro offers a beautiful Georgian architecture, the Italianate city hall is well worth a visit,  as is the renovated neo-gothic cathedral. Lemon Quay and a visit to the near fishing town of Falmouth is recommended.

Photo by Baz Richardson

Tobermory, Scotland

Tobermory was built as a fishing port in the late 18th century and is now the main village on Mull. It is a picture-postcard of a place with the brightly painted buildings along the main street to the pier and the high wooded hills surrounding the bay.

Photo by Ian Lambert

Cromer, England

Cromer is a charming town in Norfolk with splendid beaches and an amazing pier voted pier of the year in 2015. In this town the most remarkable things are: crabs, the Henry Blogg Museum and its magnificent seafornt with Edwardian and Victorian buildings.

Photo by Meleah Reardon

Portree, Scotland

Portree, the main town on the Isle of Skye, is a bustling port and a thriving cultural centre. Set round its natural harbour and fringed by high ground and cliffs, the town is a popular tourists’ holiday. The town is a popular base for exploring the rest of the island.

Photo by Schemie Radge

Castle Combe, England

With its beautiful stone houses dating back hundreds of years and constructed in the typical Cotswold style, Castle Combe is known as one of Britain’s prettiest villages. It is located in Wiltshire, England, with a population of about 350.

Photo by Nigel Hopes

Portmeirion, Wales

Portmeirion was created by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1976. It looks like a Mediterranean town but in the middle of the Irish Sea. Planned town with birght colours, kitsch, but beautiful.

Photo by David Chennell

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Great Britain [8] : Castles  - Urquhart Castle, Caernarfon Castle, Warwick Castle, Brougham castle,  Conwy Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, Tower Of London, Dunster Castle, Newark Castle, Corfe Castle