Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle dominates the mouth of the River Conwy and the medieval walled town of Conwy in North Wales like a huge goliath and serves as the major tourist attraction in the county of Conwy.

The castle was built on the orders of King Edward I of England and construction began in 1283 under the direction of Edward's chief architect James of St. George.

Today the castle is one of the best preserved castles in the whole of North Wales.

Conwy Castle Today

Conwy Castle dominates the entrances to the town across the River Conwy

Welcome to one of Wales top tourist attractions.

Conwy Castle is located in the medieval walled town of Conwy in North Wales and is open to the public as a visitor attraction throughout the year. The castle is almost unique in the fact that the old town walls remain almost entirely intact and can still be walked on today. Considering the military action it has seen over the years the castle remains in a remarkably good state of repair.

Access to the castle is through the visitor centre located opposite the castle and can be reached either via the castle car park or the main road through the town.

The castle consists of a large curtain wall built on a natural rock formation lending it natural height above the town. The wall consists of eight circular towers with four smaller towers providing further height.

Inside the castle the old buildings are almost completely gone however there is enough remaining that a picture of what life inside Conwy Castle was once like can still be gained.

Getting to Conwy Castle

Three bridges cross the River Conwy towards the castle

Conwy Castle is easily reach via the A55 dual carriageway running the length of North Wales or by the main North Wales railway line which runs through the town of Conwy.

Travelling by Road

Travelling from the east Conwy is just a few minutes drive from Junction 18 of the A55 dual carriageway. Leave the A55 and you will catch your first glimpse of the castle which is then easily reached by the bridge crossing the river.

Travelling from the west leave the A55 at Junction 17 and turn right going across the A55. Follow the road into the town of Conwy and the one way system. As you pass through the town walls head up Castle Street and bear right at the top. The castle car park approximately 100 yards on the left.

From the south the A470 runs north through the Conwy valley on the east bank of the River Conwy crossing the A55 at Junction 19. Head through the town of Llandudno Junction and then across the Conwy Bridge towards the castle.

Travelling by Rail

Conwy has its own station and the main North Wales rail line runs through the town however not all scheduled trains stop there and it is advisable to check first. If your train doesn't stop in the town then he nearest station is Llandudno Junction just across the River Conwy. The castle lies approximately one mile from the station across the Conwy Bridge.

Staying the the Area

There are lots of places to stay in and around Conwy whatever type of accommodation you are looking for

If you plan to are stay in the area then there is lots of accommodation to choose from within the town of Conwy itself or a little further afield the towns of Llandudno and Betws-y-Coed both provide excellent accommodation. Please visit our accommodation guide for listings of the best places to stay in and around Conwy.

Within the town walls The Castle Hotel is especially notable for being built on the grounds of an old Cisterian monastery that was relocated by King Edward I when he decided to construct the castle at Conwy.