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A visit to Conwy Castle

The last stop on our tour of Wales was Conwy Castle. Like our previous stop, Caernarfon Castle, it was built by King Edward I and is one of the best preserved castles in North Wales.

The castle was constructed as part of a wider project to create the walled town of Conwy. An estimated £15,000 was spent building both the walls and castle, which was huge amount of money for that period (the equivalent of £45 million in today’s money).

As you approach Conwy, the castle dominates your view. We made our way through the little village streets to the short-stay pay and display car park located directly outside the castle visitors centre. There’s a dedicated motorcycle bay here where bikes can park for free.

This guy was waiting for us when we entered the castle.

The first thing we did was climb to the upper levels of the castle, where you get a fantastic view over the town of Conwy and the surrounding countryside.

Conwy Castle is definitely not as big as Caernarfon Castle, but there is still a lot to explore.

You also get a great view of the Conwy Suspension Bridge. This was one of the first road suspension bridges in the world, although now you can only cross it by foot. It is looked after by the National Trust and is Grade I-listed.

We wandered over to Anna’s Tea Rooms for lunch before getting back on the road to return to England. Our time in Wales was over far too quickly and this trip has left me with a strong desire to see more of this beautiful part of the UK.

Visitor information

  • Conwy Castle is open all year round, except for 24th, 25th and 26th December and 1st January. Check the Cadw site for opening times as these vary throughout the year.
  • Admission to the castle is £8.95 for adults, however if you are looking to visit multiple castles in Wales you might be better off getting a Cadw Explorer Pass. Many historic attractions in Wales are managed by Cadw, and there are several castles you can visit in North Wales with this pass including Caernarfon Castle, Beaumaris Castle, Harlech Castle and Rhuddlan Castle.
  • There is a short stay pay and display car park located immediately outside the visitor centre. Make sure you are displaying a valid ticket as we did see a parking attendant wandering around the car park. If you are on a motorbike you can park for free in the motorcycle bay which is directly in front of the car park entrance.
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  • Isn’t Wales so beautiful? Conwy Castle looks like such an interesting castle to visit, lots of history and so well preserved, too. It looks like there’s good signage too, was it an education visitor experience? I do like it when you can learn more about the place you’re visiting.

    • Wales is incredible! There were information boards at various sports around the castle that tell you a bit of the history, but overall I thought Caernarfon Castle did a better job of providing historical information. It was there that I learned more about King Edward I and his collection of castles.

  • another gorgeous castle on your list!:)