Conwy Castle

To get to the castle you have to go via the shop where you can pay for your ticket to enter the Castle itself. The shop has some good memorabilia for sale including some local alcohol and biscuits. I tried really hard to get badges to stick in the mini – ‘look where I have been’ – but none of the Castles had any, another trick to make money missed.

Walk out of the shop and you are met by these huge castle walls and a walkway which is actually rather steep to walk up, little help for the disabled I should add (though entry to all was free for the disabled). The castle again is great, great views and great fun to walk around. I do however it would be better if arranged tours were available, I don’t recall seeing any mentioned nor seeing any other than some very loud American lady who was telling the history of the castle to a group of people who came on a bus.

Conwy Castle is a medieval fortification in Conwy, on the north coast of Wales. 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.

Following the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1642, the castle was held by forces loyal to Charles I, holding out until 1646 when it surrendered to the Parliamentary armies. In the aftermath the castle was partially slighted by Parliament to prevent it being used in any further revolt, and was finally completely ruined in 1665 when its remaining iron and lead was stripped and sold off. Conwy Castle became an attractive destination for painters in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Visitor numbers grew and initial restoration work was carried out in the second half of the 19th century. In the 21st century the ruined castle is managed by Cadw as a tourist attraction.

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