Although this castle may be slightly overshadowed by Caernarfon, it is still one of the best in Wales and Edward I’s most expensive castle. Building of this massive fortress began in 1283 and was completed around 1287. During this very short time, the town’s defences were also built, taking in some 0.75 miles of walls, with 22 towers and 3 gateways.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Wheelchairs restricted to visitor centre only as access to castle via timber road bridge, steep concrete ramp and steps
- Facilities: Portable induction loop, pay and display disabled parking
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily Sep-Oct & Mar-Jun, 9.30-5; Jul-Aug, 9.30-6; Nov-Feb, Mon-Sat 10-4, Sun 11-4 (last admission 30mins before closing). Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan
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About the area
The majority of the population of Conwy lives along its picturesque coastline, while a third of the county falls within jaw-dropping landscape of the Snowdonia National Park. The town of Conwy, which takes its name from the county (which in turn was named after the river that runs through it), is undoubtedly one of the great treasures of Wales.
Three fine bridges – Thomas Telford’s magnificent suspension bridge of 1822, Robert Stephenson’s tubular railway bridge, and a newer crossing – all stretch over the estuary beneath the castle, allowing both road and the railway into this medieval World Heritage Site. Pride of place goes to the castle, dating back to 1287.
Conwy is the most complete walled town in Britain, with walls measuring an impressive six feet in thickness and 35 feet in height. The walkway along the top offers splendid over-the-rooftop views of the castle, the estuary and the rocky knolls of nearby village of Deganwy. At the wall’s end, steps descend to the quayside where fishermen sort their nets and squawking seagulls steal scraps.
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