Conwy Castle

Conwy, Conwy, LL32 8AY, Wales

Welsh Tourist Board

This gritty, dark-stoned fortress has the rare ability to evoke an authentic medieval atmosphere. The first time that visitors catch sight of the castle, commanding a rock above the Conwy estuary and demanding as much attention as the dramatic Snowdonia skyline behind it, they know that they are in the presence of an historic site which still casts a powerful spell. Conwy, constructed by English monarch Edward I between 1283 and 1287 as one of the key fortresses in his 'iron ring' of castles to contain the Welsh, was built to prompt such a humbling reaction.