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image for Castle item typeConwy Castle at Conwy Castle (Cadw)

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, £5.70-£9.50

Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle

Details

Conwy's massive military strength springs from the rock on which it stands. Built for Edward I, by Master James of St George, the castle is amongst the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain. In a word, exceptional. You can’t fault it, from the grandeur of its high towers and curtain walls to its excellent state of preservation. An estimated £15,000 was spent building the castle, the largest sum Edward spent in such a short time on any of his Welsh castles between 1277 and 1307. Money well spent.

Two barbicans (fortified gateways), eight massive towers and a great bow-shaped hall all sit within its distinctive elongated shape, due in part to the narrow rocky outcrop on which the castle stands. You won’t find Edward’s concentric ‘walls within walls’ here. They weren’t needed. The rock base was enough security in itself.

Some say it is the most magnificent of Edward I’s Welsh fortresses. To get the full picture, head for the battlements. Breathtaking views across mountains and sea.

If the outside impresses (and it will), wait until you go in. With an outer ward containing a great hall, chambers and kitchen, and a more secluded inner ward with private chambers and a royal chapel, it is very easy to imagine how Conwy functioned when the royal entourage were in town.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsGift shopPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening Details

Open all the time

1 March - 30 June 2018 Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm
1 July - 31 August 2018 Daily 9.30am - 6.00pm
1 September - 31 October 2018 Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm
1 November 2018 - 28 February 2019 Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm, Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm. Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec & 1 Jan.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Prices

Prices valid until March 2019
Adults £9.50
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children under 16 year) - £27.50
Seniors £7.60
Students and children under 16 - £5.70
Children under 5 - Free

Contact

Enquiries

Address

Conwy,
LL32 8AY

Location

Directions

Plan route to Conwy Castle (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 783774  Lat: 53.27997 Long: -3.82556

Travelling north on the A470, join the A55 at Junction 19 and travel west towards Conwy.
A55 Westbound Junction 18 & A546/A547 or Eastbound Junction 17 & A457.
The Castle adjoins the A547 on the east side of the town.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Conwy station

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired