In many ways the ideal of a medieval castle, the imposing Conwy Castle was built for Edward I in 1289, during his conquest of Wales. Featuring crenelated towers and soaring defensive walls, it stands on the River Conwy, near the rugged splendor of Snowdonia National Park. Today, Conwy Castle holds UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
Conwy Castle is typically included as a stop on coach tours through the British countryside. For those looking to visit independently, its proximity to Manchester, Liverpool, Chester, and Snowdonia National Park makes it a popular stop-off point, whether you plan to travel by car or by train. Joint admission tickets to Conwy Castle and Plas Mawr, an Elizabethan townhouse in Conwy Town, are available to purchase at a discounted rate.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Conwy Castle and Town are surrounded by defensive walls that are classed as some of the finest in Europe, and which can also be explored.
- This UNESCO-listed, 13th-century landmark is the perfect destination for history buffs and architecture lovers.
- Views of the sea and the mountains of Snowdonia can be admired from the castle’s battlements.
- While its roof no longer remains, you can still see the castle’s great hall, private chambers, royal chapel, and other interior landmarks.
How to Get There
Guided coach tours offer the simplest form of transit to Conwy Castle. Visitors can also travel by train to Conwy Station, which is located just steps from the landmark. It can also be reached by car via the A55 or B5106.
When to Get There
Conwy Castle is open daily throughout the year, with the exception of December 24, 25, 26, and January 1. Typical visiting hours are between 9:30am and 6pm, with last admission 30 minutes before closing. Conwy Castle also hosts a series of special events for the whole family throughout the year, which feature costumed characters, archery demonstrations, and other medieval-themed entertainment.
North Wales’ Other Remarkable Castles
Conwy isn’t the only castle in North Wales that’s worth your while. If your tour of the castle has inspired you to explore the region’s other medieval highlights, set your sights on nearby Beaumaris Castle, Caernarfon Castle, and Harlech Castle. All hold UNESCO World Heritage Site status, and all were designed by military architect James of St. George, who worked closely with Edward I.