Impressive and almost complete remains of the town walls, originally constructed in the late 13th century under orders of Edward I, who was working to establish English power in Wales. The walls are around 1.2km long and consist of 21 towers and three gateways. Unlike many town walls which suffered partial or almost complete destruction from the 19th century onwards, Conwy's walls are extremely well preserved. Photo credit: © Crown copyright (2015) Cadw
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- Gradients and steps
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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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