Welsh Castles: Conway Castle

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Built for King Edward I, by Master James of St George, the castle is amongst the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain, from the grandeur of its high towers and curtain walls to its excellent state of preservation. An estimated £15,000 was spent building the castle, the largest sum Edward spent in such a short time on any of his Welsh castles between 1277 and 1307

Two barbicans (fortified gateways), eight massive towers and a great bow-shaped hall all sit within its distinctive elongated shape, due in part to the narrow rocky outcrop on which the castle stands.

Some say it is the most magnificent of Edward I’s Welsh fortresses. To get the full picture, head for the battlements. Breathtaking views across mountains and sea.

For more information on things to do and see in the area, visit www.attractionsofsnowdonia.com

Images of Conway Castle, North Wales by Isabella Rose [September 2013]