Conwy Castle in North Wales is one of the most famous and picturesque of all the numerous castles in Wales. We had a lovely visit after the lockdown during our week long vacation in the area. Its location next to Conwy City Bay leaves you with location-location-location envy.
Conwy Castle can only be truly appreciated from afar. So take a stroll around town so you can see the castle in all its glory.
A short story
It was built by Edward I during his conquest of Wales between 1283 and 1289. Built as part of a larger project to create the walled city of Conwy, the combined defense cost around £ 15,000, a massive sum for that period. Over the next centuries the castle played an important role in several wars. It withstood the siege of Madog ap Llywelyn in the winter of 1294/95, served as a temporary refuge for Richard II in 1399 and was held in 1401 by troops loyal to Owain Glyndŵr.
A look back at Conwy Castle
The castle is a short walk from Conwy Train Station. There is also some parking in town. Vicarage Gardens parking lot, Vicarage Gardens, Rose Hill Street, Conwy LL32 8LD is right next to the castle and was nice and empty when we got there just before 10am. It is filling up, however, so you may want to consider a replacement parking space. Conwy is a small town where you can walk around so you are never too far from the castle.
Cadw Wales was slow to reopen its castles as they wanted proper security. They did a great job and all three Cadw castles we visited were great for social distancing etc.
Currently, you can only visit if you’ve booked a time slot in advance. You are then allowed to enter the castle grounds. We didn’t spend more than an hour there but we enjoyed our visit and it gave us time to stroll over the castle walls and explore Conwy afterwards. You limit the number in the castle during each slot. We went on a day when it was fully booked and not busy.
Part of the castle is still closed because it would be impossible to distance yourself socially. Conwy is a largely ruined castle, the outer walls of which are still there. There are indoor spaces to explore (without a roof), and you can also climb the stairs and walk along the battlements. It would be nice to see signs telling you more about the place. I guess they don’t have one in the hope that you will buy their guide book.
The view of the harbor is lovely and we spent a lot of time taking it all in. There was also plenty of hand sanitizer around the lock and the toilets and shops are also open again.
The walls can be visited freely and are not part of the castle. You currently have a one-way system, although not everyone has been capable of such a simple task. They extend almost continuously for three quarters of a mile. The one-way street starts at the castle, but after a short walk the wall stops and you then have to figure out where to get back on (which wasn’t easy). There are 21 towers along the length and many steps.
Important information Conwy Castle
Address: Rose Hill Street, Conwy LL32 8AY, North Wales
If you are a member of Cadw Wales you can visit Conwy Castle for free. Otherwise it costs £ 8.80 for an adult and £ 5.40 for a child aged 5-17. Children under 5 are free. You have other ticket options such as family ticket and senior.
They are closed on Thursdays and Fridays. Please see their website for opening times and current prices.
More photos from our visit.
Note: We are not the author of this content. For the Authentic and complete version,
Check its Original Source