Crossing over the river via Conway road bridge, which opened in 1958. To the left of it you can just see the top of Thomas Telford’s suspension bridge, which was completed in 1826. It was to be the only crossing for the next 133 years. It is now closed to traffic.
Built for King Edward I, by Master James of St George, the castle is among the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain, from the grandeur of its high towers and curtain walls to its excellent state of preservation.
Both castle and walls were built in a barely believable four years between 1283 and 1287. 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.
In 1848 Robert Stephenson’s tubular railway bridge was opened. It runs parallel to the road and suspension bridges.
Tubular railway bridge
A sunny day in the park behind the castle
To get the full picture, head for the battlements. Breathtaking views across mountains and sea.
Conwy takes its place alongside Edward’s other great castles at Beaumaris, Harlech and Caernarfon as a World Heritage Site.
For more information about Conway Castle see https://cadw.gov.wales/more-about-conwy-castle
For ideas on what to do and see in the area, visit www.attractionsofsnowdonia.com
Thank you, Graham. Have a great bank holiday.
Oh, yes, thank you! You too ✨
I’m hoping to get some bluebell photos tomorrow. I’m going to Erddig, which is just up the road from me. After that I do intend having a quiet weekend. Thank you.
Only been to Erddig once, a very long time ago. Hope you get some nice shots & enjoy a peaceful break. 🕊
Thank you. You too.
What a majestic castle! Amazing details stone work, in 4 years. Thank you for the tour through your beautiful photos.
My pleasure, Amy, and many thanks for dropping by.
Stunning vintage architecture & landscape photography, dear Isabella ~ have a great Thursday! 🤗
Thank you, Phil, for your kind message. Have a great week yourself.
It is amazing, how people by that time could build so massive stone castles!
Yes it is, especially in just 4 years, and that included the walls around the town too. Thank you, Alexander.
WOW… love the castle… Makes you think of times of old… and how in such a short time we got to where we are today ❤
Yes, indeed, it does. Thank you, Sue.
Wonderful trip, beautiful pictures. I must admit, always.
Thank you so much, Inese. Lovely to hear from you.
Beautiful photos as usual, Izzy, and interesting information. Have a lovely day, my friend💕
Thank you very much, Francina. Lovely to hear from you. 💙
Danke für den interessanten Ausflug. Ich habe Dich gerne begleitet.
Danke, Ernst. Schön, dass es Ihnen gefallen hat.
Thank you, Ernst. Glad you enjoyed it.
Wow! It’s so iconic! Exactly like a fairy tale castle. And built in 4 years is really astonishing!
Yes, it is very impressive. One of the best castles I’ve visited. Lovely to hear from you, Alison. Thank you.
That is a great castle. That is unbelievable the walls were built in four years. Wonderful photos.
Thank you, Timothy. It is very impressive and very well preserved, especially as it only took 4 years to build. You don’t get workmanship like that these days!!
It’s hard to get decent workmanship these days. I like castles. We don’t have them in this part of the world.
We’ve got plenty here but not all are in such good condition.
The closest we have to castles are the Anasazi ruins at Chaco Canyon, and the various cliff dwellings in NM, AZ and CO. They are contemporary with European castles, but primitive in comparison.
They sound fascinating, and they must be ancient compared to our castles
Many are contemporary with European castles.
Interesting. I would have thought they’d be much older. Thank you, Timothy.
That what a lot of people think, but our side of the world was way behind your side of the world.