Here are our custodians' suggestions of things to look at and listen to when using Pyka_Lens App at sites...
Specific areas of visual interest (e.g. landmarks, interesting textures, areas of the site that are usually missed/overlooked/not the main attraction)
From the East Barbican of the Castle you can view the spectacular Conwy Suspension Bridge. Built in 1826 by Thomas Telford, the suspension bridge was one of the first of its kind in the world.
Take time to visit the Chapel within the Chapel Tower at the further end of the Castle. There you will find a colourful modern stained glass window. Installed in 2012 and designed by Linda Norris and Rachel Phillips, the piece tells the story of the bloody fight between the Princes of Gwynedd and the Kings of England.
Specific environmental interest (e.g. surrounding scenery, landscape, seasonal wildlife)
The Castle overlooks the River Conwy which gave the town its name from the old Welsh words ‘cyn’ and ‘gwy’ meaning chief water. It is a site of special scientific interest due to the marine life that exists in its waters.
As you look across the water, the hill called the Vardre at Deganwy can be seen. This was once the site of Deganwy Castle, a stronghold built by Henry III which can now be seen as sparse ruins.
Looking to the distance from the towers and upper wall walks of the castle visitors can see the Great Orme, the limestone headland which dominates the town of Llandudno. Roughly 2,000 tons of Copper was mined here during the Bronze Age.
Specific areas of sonic interest (e.g. naturally occurring sounds, sounds from installations at the site, areas with interesting echoes or reverberation)
As you explore the castle you will no doubt here the low rumbles of trains travelling close to the walls of the castle heading for the Conwy Railway Bridge which carries the train line across the River Conwy. This bridge is now the last of its kind designed by Stevenson, after the destruction of the original Britannia Bridge by fire in the 1970s, which crossed the Menai Straight.
If you listen carefully, in the distance you can hear the chimes of the bells of St. Mary and All Saint’s Church in the centre of the town. Built in the 12th century the Church pre-dates the building of the Castle in 1283.