Castell Conwy
Castell Conwy
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Thanks to restored spiral staircases in its great towers you can walk a complete circuit around the battlements of CastellConwy, a magnificent medieval fortress that still towers over the town after 700 years. Built in the late 13th century and reputed to be haunted by a past resident, this picturesque castle was built for King Edward I and is a perfect example of the "concentric castle" design. In the distance rise the craggy mountains of Eryri (Snowdonia) and spread out below you are the harbour and narrow streets of Conwy – still protected by an unbroken 1,400-yard (1.3km) ring of town walls. The displayed opening times are our general pattern. Please check the Cadw website for unexpected closures, opening times, events, and site facilities.
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  • Morgan P
    Washington DC, District of Columbia151 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see
    The castle was so cool! I really enjoyed exploring it and appreciated the various plaques describing what each room or area used to be. If you’re planning on visiting several locations, I’d recommend the explorer’s pass so you can save money and see more of Wales.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 June 2023
  • PAINTERA
    Wakefield, United Kingdom131 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Castle that fuels the imagination. Brilliant.
    Fantastic castle with breathtaking views, we were amazed. Can go in most parts but steps are very steep so be aware. My 80 year old mum managed it but it was a bit nerve- racking, she's very fit but could imagine others struggling. If you are able though it's well worth it. Allows your imagination to take you back to a distant time when castles were defended by arrows and people's lives were so very different. Brilliant.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Jay B
    Fairhope, Alabama1,032 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Conwy's Best
    If in Conwy, you simply have to visit this medieval marvel. The castle is one of several built by King Edward I of England in an alleged attempt to intimidate and control the Welsh people. Though essentially a ruin now, enough remains of the original structure and grounds to tell an incredible story told down through the centuries. Plan your visit carefully. Budget enough time (at least 2-3 hours) and be prepared for climbing LOTS of stairs, some of them of the circular design. They have an EXCELLENT gift shop with many castle-related items, but also a number of general Wales-related items.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Jess E
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loads to explore
    I’ve been to a lot of castles in the past few weeks, that’s why I did a driving tour through southern England, and up to Wales. And this is one of my favorites. So many twists and turns, so many things to explore, just fantastic fun, and a great view of the city and the harbor. My only critique, is that the walls at the very top of the lookouts are very low. If you have small children, or afraid of heights, you should be careful. It could be dangerous. But overall so cool!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Steve Buckley
    London, United Kingdom8,575 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Didn’t Live upto my (admittedly high) Expectations!
    Together with 22 other members of a Great Rail Holiday Group, my wife and myself visited Conwy Castle this morning. Having seen this very impressive Castle from a distance I had been looking forward to this particular visit but - not helped by some rather indifferent weather and the fact that the bulk of the time spent on site will not be spent under cover - it didn’t live up to my expectations! No matter, this won’t put off the many visitors spending time at both the Castle and the many other attractions Conwy has to offer.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Bob H
    Watsonville, California1,145 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get to the top of the towers to see the city
    You have to climb the stairs to get to the top of each tower. The view of Conwy was incredible. But you had to be careful. It was very easy to lose your footing. The stairway was narrow. Essentially, it was one way. I climbed three towers. I think there were about four to five towers. In order to exit the castle, you had to go through the gift shop.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Brahma762
    617 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful place
    It is very difficult to write a review for a castle that goes back about 700 years It was raining the day we went to Conwy and the first thing that struck us was how “in your face” the structure is. The fortifications begin along the road leading to the town and the castle towers above the present Conwy. You could take a train to Conwy from Llandudno Junction, drive or take the bus from Llandudno. The train takes you under 10 minutes. There’s a large parking place and reaching Conwy from Llandudno by bus takes about 25 minutes. To enter the castle there is a ticket of £11.70 (July 2023) and you can wander about all the battlements - literally. If you have a weak bladder, it is advisable to visit the toilets in the Visitor Center; before you enter the castle. Once inside, you can get confused (at the best of times) because there are no signs showing you the way out, or which direction you should head. That said, it’s easy to follow the crowds and you’re all right. Climbing up into the towers can be tricky as the the steps are narrow and worn out. Worse, light in the narrow winding staircases, is at a premium and on full cloudy days, this problem becomes compounded. I used the light on the phone! That said, there is a stout rope that you can hold on to but the stairs are strictly a one way affair. Be careful. The views from the battlements and towers are out of this world. The vistas open up - the mountains of Snowdonia are clearly visible. But it has to be a clear day - with a steady drizzle and low visibility, all we could see were the three bridges and just about the town of Conwy. Pity. If it’s history and castles that you are after, then this rather well preserved castle in Wales will be a perfect place to visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Joseph M
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Expensive entry. Some good views.
    I have rated it 5 out of 5 as the castle is amazing. It’s worth going up to the top and seeing Conwy from there. The admission fee is a little on the steep side at £11.50pp and we arrived at 3pm and it closes at 6pm, think it should be discounted the later in the day, but, there we go. The shop is extremely over priced and tbh we got most of the souvenirs from the town it’s self which was much cheaper.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Jenny B
    Wolverhampton, United Kingdom52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great castle for exploration
    This is probably the first castle I’ve been too where you can actually explore the castle properly without barriers. Because of this don’t let young kids go on their own and becareful of climbing the towers. Not disabled friendly or pushchair friendly unless you have a helper get up and down the steps. Staff really friendly
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Spikeyd
    Malmesbury, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Conwy a proper ruined castle
    There are some idiots on here writing reviews. A. This is an old castle and is going to have narrow staircases and precipitous walls. B. Imagine the cost of cleaning all the bird faeces and picking up the rubbish that ignorant people drop down the bottom of the towers...so I think the price was pretty fair. C. Don't go if you are scared of heights (it's a 13th century castle designed to defend the river and protect the people) D. Why don't people read about about stuff before they visit. E. Young children, I have taken ours to castles but am aware that I will have to look after them with reference to castle walls etc. Your the parent you look after your kids! We had a great time at the castle and I would go as far to say that it and it's walls are better than York or any other walled town/castle I've been too.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 August 2023
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cngj
Looe, UK752 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We visited here with our young children back in August last year. We got free entry with our English Heritage membership. There is plenty of the castle and the towers open to explore, but there weren't that many information boards.
Written 26 May 2024
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Rachrooo
Belfast, UK19 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is an impressive historic site but I left without knowing who built it or when.

The information boards are paltry and don't go in any order. There's nothing to explain the historical context.

Edward is mentioned but Cadw needs to understand international visitors don't know who he is.

We have just come to the water side in Conwy and there's a venture called Conwy Mussels which has two neat information boards. Maybe Cadw could learn something from them.
Written 26 May 2024
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Gill Murphy
Sowerby Bridge, UK570 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Superb, amazing castle, definitely worth a visit. You can spend a good couple of hours going round this castle. The views from the towers are amazing.
Written 3 May 2024
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RHtravels
Rocky Hill, CT868 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
What a wonderful castle to explore. You go at your own pace and explore the areas that speak to you and your imagination. You can buy a guide, use a tour book, google the history, or just wander and enjoy- either way, you are sure to have a good day here. We had no trouble parking in the lot near the castle (Vicarage?) and kept the car there while we walked the town walls after visiting the castle. Fun day in Conwy.
Written 30 April 2024
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Martin B
Liverpool, UK282 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
My second trip to Conwy Castle (North Wales), on Saturday 20th April. It was a beautiful sunny day there. I spent about 2 hours at the castle, exploring the ruins, and walking up the various towers. There are stunning views of the harbour, the town and surrounding countryside. Not as busy as I thought it would be, given the lovely weather, as I was able to enjoy walking round the site without a large amount of people. Very good gift shop there. with reasonably priced items for sale, staff very helpful. Very good toilet facilities there as well, very clean. Not sure of the admission price, as I am a member of English Heritage, so I gain free entry. There is a very nice cafe right by the entrance to the castle, managed to have a coffee and a sandwich there, and not too expensive. Good venue for anyone with an interest in history and families with children. After leaving the castle, I spent the next couple of hours at the harbour, enjoying the view and ambient atmosphere of the place. Next time, I plan to spend a few days there, so I can have a proper look around the town, as I am sure there are more things to learn and enjoy about Conwy.
Written 21 April 2024
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Steviefull
Kidderminster, UK1,944 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
On our short family trip to Wales we carried on along the coast to visit Conwy Castle which dominates the town of Conwy. For the 6 of us (a family ticket and a senior) the price was just under £50.00 which I guess wasn't too bad for the approximate 60-90 minutes we spent in there.

The castle is in pretty good repair considering the site dates back nearly 800 years , I just felt it was missing that little bit extra with information on exactly what we were looking at and some historical significance and interactive exhibits but saying that an enjoyable time was still had by all.
Written 18 April 2024
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada6,873 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Conwy Castle totally blew us away! Out of all the castles we saw on our 28-day UK and Ireland trip, this one was hands down our favourite.

First off, Conwy Castle was built back in the 13th century old. It's like stepping into a history book! This place has seen it all, from medieval knights to epic battles.

The castle is huge and impressive, sitting right on the edge of the water. It was built by King Edward I to show off his power and control over the Welsh people. The walls are massive and still standing strong after all these years.

When you walk through the castle, you can almost feel the history surrounding you. You can explore the towers and imagine what life was like for the people who lived here centuries ago. There are even little nooks and crannies to discover, like secret passageways and hidden rooms.

But the best part? The views! From the top of the castle, you can see for miles around, with breathtaking scenery in every direction. It's like something out of a fairy tale.
Written 14 April 2024
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Liz P
75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Easy to park just outside the castle. Price was about £12 per adult. Castle was lovely to walk around... the views from the top were beautiful. Lots of information to read around the site. Their is also a castle walk way which takes you around the town and brings you out next to the harbour and you can walk past and visit 'The smallest house in Britain'.
Written 13 April 2024
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Travellergirl204
Manchester, UK117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We visited mid week and it was fairly quiet. Easy enough to get to. There is a short stay car park infront of the entrance and long stay just up the road. Cost us £11 ish each and kiddo was free as under 5. We bought a sword from the shop before we went up to slay the dragons. We had the pram to stash all the crabbing stuff in and carried this up a really small set of steps and left this outside the main entrance to the castle. It was perfectly fine where it was I just took valuables with us. Inside was not what I expected. It’s really well kept and absolutely tons to see. A bit gutted I didn’t get a proper look round as we had a sword fight and then the kid was bored. We climbed up one of the towers and it was incredible to see the view. There’s an incredible model of the kings head in a room too. I was amazed by how big it was and I think with a little less sugar that our son would have really enjoyed this too. He was slightly put off by the staircases as they are narrow on one side but he managed them just fine so would deffo recommend this place. I don’t know if they have events on in there at times but it’s a great visit if you like history or if you have a toddler with a great imagination. There’s loads around to do and wander. We’ve been to a pub for lunch, the bakery for cake, crabbing in the harbour and met some men catching welks for Korea?! Lovely place and the weather held up for us.
Written 4 April 2024
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Lou M
Wirral2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It’s interesting that we found a cottage to rent which allowed dogs, when we visited Conwy with our 4 year old grandaughter. However, we found it difficult to find places we could go with our dog! The castle doesn’t allow them, most restaurants, even the she shop was unfriendly to us. Such a backward town really, we have travelled all over Europe with our dog and never had a problem. Need to rethink before you lose out, more than 85% of families take their dog on holiday and look for dog friendly places
Written 3 April 2024
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