by Katy Depledge
History and Heritage
Steeped in a deep and rich history, Conwy Castle is a magnificent medieval fortress and a popular tourist attraction in North Wales.
Together, along with the striking castles of Caernarfon, Harlech and Beaumaris, Conwy Castle and its town walls are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The impressive fortress is extremely well preserved, containing the most intact set of medieval royal apartments in Wales.
Keep reading to discover everything you need to know about Conwy Castle, one of the most spectacular castles in Wales …
The famous fortification is located in Conwy, North Wales, perched on the North Wales Coast. Situated close to the River Conwy, Conwy Castle is surrounded by the idyllic harbour and picturesque streets of Conwy.
The castle was tactically positioned to give easy access to food and weapon provisions. With a dramatic backdrop of the iconic Snowdonia mountains in the distance, Conwy Castle is located in one of the most beautiful places in Wales.
Address: Rose Hill Street, Conwy, LL32 8AY
Conwy Castle can be accessed via the A55 or B5105. If you’re arriving by train, the castle is located just 0.6km from Conwy Station or 2km from Llandudno Junction. Or why not take the No 5 Bus Route, taking you just 200m from the castle walls.
Conwy Castle was built by King Edward I, during his conquest of Wales in the late 13th century. Construction took place between 1283 and 1289, taking King Edward and his architect, Master James of St George, just four years to complete both the mighty castle and dramatic walls.
Master James of St George designed many of the King’s castles in a way to offer protection and give an advantage during points of attack. The historical fortress is highly regarded as one of the finest and most complete examples of a medieval town in Europe.
Transport yourself to medieval times as you explore the private quarters, climb the tower staircases and marvel at the impressive architecture. The spectacular fortress is exceptionally well preserved and thanks to its restored spiral staircase, it’s possible to complete a full circuit of the castle walls and battlements.
With a total of eight towers and three gateways, you’ll have plenty to discover inside the walls and castle, creating a great day out in North Wales for the whole family.
If you’re heading to North Wales to explore this remarkable fortress, check out these delightful cottages in Conwy, and find your home away from home whilst visiting Conwy Castle.
We hope reading about Conwy Castle has inspired you to discover more about the history of Wales. Be sure to check out our pick of top castles in North Wales and these incredible history and heritage sites for an extra dose of travel inspiration. Or if you’re looking for more things to do in this beautiful town, check out our blog on the best things to do in Conwy.
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