Perched atop a rocky outcrop, this fortress of dark stone dominates the landscape of Conwy and was Edward I’s most expensive castle.
Wander the halls and scale the battlements of the superb Conwy Castle to enjoy views fit for a king across the sea and mountains beyond the town. Get a sense of what it would have been like to man the walls in a time of battle at one of Wales’ most attractive castles.
Conwy Castle is one of several constructed for the English King Edward I in his battles against the native Welsh. Though smaller than the castles of Beaumaris and Caernarfon, it was the most expensive to construct. It also has a comparatively simple structure and gained its defensive strength from the location. View the fortress atop an outcropping of rock at the mouth of the Conwy Estuary and enjoy one of the most recognizable and beautiful views in Wales.
Read the information boards dotted around the interior and learn more about the history and construction of the castle. Roam the 125-foot-long (38-meter) Great Hall, delve into the cellars and investigate the Inner Ward and the King’s Apartments. Both are remarkably well preserved. Reflect for a quiet moment in the Chapel Tower, which still has an intact roof. Explore the two fortified gates and eight towers, as well as other buildings.
Highlighting a visit to Conwy Castle are the views from the eight towers. Stroll along the walls between the towers and enjoy uninterrupted panoramas across the Conwy Estuary, out to sea and back toward the mountains of Snowdonia.
Be sure to explore the town walls too, another part of Conwy’s ancient defenses. Access the town walls free of charge from various parts of the town.
Conwy Castle opens at differing hours depending on the time of year and is open for longer in the summer months. The site has an entry fee. Children under 5 years can enter for free, as can disabled people and a guest. Be aware that while the castle has ramp access, the terrain is steep and the castle itself is not wheelchair accessible.