Completed in 1287, Conwy Castle overlooks the walled town and river of Conwy. The castle was built by Edward I after his victory over the Welsh Prince Llywelyn Ap Gruffudd. Edward I built many castles including Ruthin Castle, Caernarfon Castle, Beaumaris Castle and Harlech Castle.
Conwy's castle walls include eight circular towers and four smaller towers which add height and assist in the defense of the town. The castle itself consists of two adjoining wards that could each be defended separately if needed. The castle was one of many to be designed by the master architect James of St.George, it took just 5 years to build and cost an estimated £15,000.
The castle has stood the test of time remaining fairly intact even though it has served little use for over 350 years. The last time it saw action was in 1646 when the parliamentary army laid siege to it for over 3 months before finally capturing it. After capture they destroyed parts of the castle to prevent reuse by the Royalists.
Conwy Castle is one of North Wales favourite visitor attractions and is under the the care of CADW the Welsh government's historic environment service who prevent further decay to the grounds and walls and open the castle daily to visitors.
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