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Harlech Castle


Conwy Castle

This castle was built between 1283 and 1297 and was designed by the royal architect, James of St George. The original features of the Conwy Castle have survived, including eight round towers, the large hall, the king’s rooms and the royal chapel. The Conwy town walls were built at the same time as the castle, and measure a length of 1.3km. It is said that Conwy is the best example of a walled town in Britain.

Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle (© CADW)

In 1401, Conwy Castle was captured by Rhys ap Tudur of Penmynydd (a cousin of Owain Glyndŵr). Later, during the English Civil War, Conwy Castle was looked after by Archbishop John Williams, on behalf of King Charles I, but John Williams later changed sides and helped the Parliamentarians to seize the castle in 1647.

In 1826, Telford’s bridge was built in Conwy, followed by Stephenson’s tube bridge in 1847. Both of these structures connected the castle with the mainland and facilitated access to the castle.

From 1865, the borough of Conwy was responsible for the castle, until responsibility was transferred to Cadw in 1984.


Conwy Castle stands above the river Conwy and can be approached from the nearby pay and display car park.

Entrance Fee

There is an entrance fee.

Opening Times

Opening times varies throughout the year. Please contact CADW for more details.


Telephone: 01443 336000