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Conwy

Conwy

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Conwy is a walled market town on the north coast of Wales.

Conwy Castle and the town walls were built, on the instruction of Edward I of England, between 1283 and 1289, as part of his conquest of the principality of Wales. Conwy was the original site of Aberconwy Abbey, founded by Llywelyn the Great. Edward and his troops took over the abbey site and moved the monks down the Conwy valley to a new site at Maenan, establishing Maenan Abbey. The parish church still retains some parts of the original abbey church in the east and west walls. English settlers were given incentives to move to the walled garrison town, which for decades the Welsh were forbidden from entering.

Across the estuary is Bodysgallen Hall, which incorporates a medieval watchtower that was later used as a signal place for Conwy Castle.

Conwy has other tourist attractions that help draw visitors to the town. Conwy Suspension Bridge, designed by Thomas Telford to replace the ferry, was completed in 1826 and spans the River Conwy next to the castle. Telford designed the bridge's supporting towers to match the castle's turrets. The bridge is now open to pedestrians only and, together with the toll-keeper's house, is in the care of the National Trust.

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Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 19 - Sat 26 Aug Conwy River Festival
Sat 23 Sep Conwy Real Ale Trail
Fri 27 - Sun 29 Oct Gwledd Conwy Feast

Contact

Conwy Tourist Information Centre

Address

Conwy,
LL32 8AY

Location

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Map reference: SH 782775  Lat: 53.28116 Long: -3.82793

A55 Junction 18.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Conwy station