Conwy Castle in North Wales is one of the most famous and most picturesque of all the numerous castles in Wales. We had a lovely visit post lockdown during our one week holiday in the area. It’s setting next to the bay of the town of Conwy leaves you with location location location envy.
Conwy castle can only truly be appreciated from a distance so make sure you fit a walk around the town in so you can see the castle in all its glory.
A Brief History
It was built by Edward I, during his conquest of Wales, between 1283 and 1289. Constructed as part of a wider project to create the walled town of Conwy, the combined defences cost around £15,000, a huge sum for the period. Over the next few centuries, the castle played an important part in several wars. It withstood the siege of Madog ap Llywelyn in the winter of 1294–95, acted as a temporary haven for Richard II in 1399 and was held for several months by forces loyal to Owain Glyndŵr in 1401.Wikepedia
A Review of Conwy Castle
The castle is just a short walk from Conwy’s train station. There are also a few car parks in the town. Vicarage Gardens Car Park, Vicarage Gardens,, Rose Hill St, Conwy LL32 8LD is right next to the castle and was lovely and empty when we arrived a little before 10 am. It does fill up though so you may want to have a backup car park in mind. Conwy is a small town to walk around so you will never be too far from the castle.
Cadw Wales were slow to reopen their castles as they wanted to get safety just right. They did a great job and all three Cadw castles that we visited were excellent for social distancing etc.
Currently, you can only visit if you have pre-booked a time slot. You are then allowed into the castle grounds. We didn’t spend more than an hour there but we enjoyed our visit and it gave us time to walk the castle walls and explore Conwy after. They are limiting the numbers into the castle during each slot. We went on a day when it was fully booked and it wasn’t busy.
Some of the castle is still closed because it would be impossible to socially distance. Conwy is a mostly ruined castle which still has it’s outer walls. There are inner rooms you can explore (with no roof) and you can also climb the stairs and walk along the battlements. It would be nice to see information signs telling you more about the place. I think they have none in the hope you buy their guide book.
The view over to the harbour is lovely and we spent a good deal of time just taking it all in. There was also plenty of hand sanitiser around the castle and the toilets and shop are also open again.
The walls are free to visit and not part of the castle itself. They currently have a one way system in place although not everyone was capable of such a simple task. They stretch almost uninterupted for three quarters of a mile. The one way route starts by the castle but after a short walk the wall stops and you have to then find where you can rejoin (which wasn’t easy). There’s 21 towers along the length and lots of steps.
Important Information Conwy Castle
Address: Rose Hill St, Conwy LL32 8AY, North Wales
If you are a member of Cadw Wales it is free to visit Conwy Castle. Otherwise it costs £8.80 for an adult and £5.40 for child aged 5-17. Under 5’s are free. They have other ticket options available such as family ticket and seniors.
They are closed Thursday and Fridays. Please see their website for opening times and up-to-date prices.
More photos from our visit.