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Llewelyn Ab Lorworth, Founder of Conwy Abbey AD 1184 (Presented to the town by Albert Wood, Former Mayor of the borough), Lancaster Square, Conwy

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History of the Town

Conwy castle and the 1.2km circuit of town walls were built by Edward I in 1283 - 1287. The castle is one of the most picturesque in Wales. And the town walls are amongst the finest in Europe with 22 towers and 3 gateways.

Edward I was king of England from 1272 to 1307. He conducted two military campaigns in Wales. The first was 1276 - 1277. And the second was 1282 - 1283. After the second campaign he won control of Wales. And proceeded on the largest castle building program ever. Building 17 castles in Wales creating a 'ring of steel' around north Wales. Each castle being about a days march apart. All but 3 had new towns attached to them for the English settlers. These new towns had to be defended by walls.

Map of Castles in North Wales

Places to see

Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle

Visitors Centre and Gift Shop/Ticket Office
Open 9:30 -1800 (Last Admission 17:30)

Charges (as of June 23rd June 2004)
3.75 Adult
3.25 Child / Over 60
10.75 Family (2 Adults, 3 Children)
No Dogs

Conwy Town Walls

Conwy Town Walls
Free Admission
Only some parts are accessible by steep steps.
Conwy Town Walls. Over 3/4m (1.2km) of town walls, one of the finest and most complete sets in Europe, with twenty-one towers and three gateways

Click here for photos inside

Plas Mawr (Great Hall)

High Street, Conwy
The finest Elizabethan Town House in Britain.
Built for Robert Wynn between 1576 - 1585. The interior has remained almost unaltered. House has decorated plasterwork, fine wooden screens.

Open 9:30 - 18:00 Tue-Sun (Last Admission 17:50)
CLOSED MONDAY (except Bank Holidays)
Closed completely 1 November - 31 March.

Charges (as of June 23rd 2004)
Adults 4.50
Reduced Rate 3.50
Family 12.50
(2 Adults and up to 3 Children under 16 years. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 5 Free.)

Joint ticket for Conwy Castle and Plas Mawr available
(Adults 6.50, Reduced Rate 5.50, Family 18.50)
All prices valid until 31st March 2005.
Information : 01492 580167.
A Free audio tour is included in the price.

Recommended by ****
Owned by CADW

Church of St. Mary & All Saints

The Abbey Conwy Parish Church was originally the Cistercian Abbey of Aberconwy
which was founded in AD1172.And completed in AD 1186. The Abbey housed the
Welsh national records.
In 1245 an army stationed at Deganwy under Henry III
angered by the plundering of a supply ship which had gone aground ransacked the Abbey, removing chalices, books and burning the buildings.
In 1283 Edward I removed the Abbey to Maenan, a few miles up the Conwy Valley.
And St Mary's became a Parish Church.

Items of special interest in the Church:
- A medieval Processional Cross (probably from Monza Cathedral, Italy)
- Tomb of Robert Wynne (1598), builder of Plas Mawr
- An early Tudor Font which is unique to the area. (John Williams Archbishop of York was baptised in it. In the 16th Century)
- A fine 15th Century rood screen
- A rare reproduction of Andrea Del Sarto's "Christ"

Aberconwy House

Aberconwy House

Castle Street, Conwy
Aberconwy house is the oldest dated town house in Wales (14th Century).
The rooms have been furnished to reflect life from different time periods.
Also the National Trust have a gift shop in the basement part, it is open daily.

Open 27 March - 31 October Daily 11:00 - 17:00
(EXCEPT TUESDAY) Last Admission 16:30

Charges (as of June 23rd 2004)
Adult 2.40
Child 1.20
Family 6.00

Smallest House in Great Britain

The Quay, Conwy Tel : 01492 593484
Built as a fisherman's cottage. The last person to live in the cottage was 6' 3" tall.
The house measures 9" high by 5" wide.

Open daily April to 31st October (Except Good Friday)
April to Mid July 10:00 - 18:00
Mid July to August 10:00 - 21:00
September 10:00 = 18:00
October 10:00 - 17:00

Conwy Quay

Visit the smallest house in Great Britain on the quay front. Have a look at the 'Lower Gate' part of the town walls.
Have a look at the Conwy Mussel Museum on the Quay (Free Entry).

Conwy Bridge

Conwy Suspension Bridge & Toll House

Adjacent to the castle, Conwy Tel : 01492 573282
Telford's bridge and Stephenson's tubular Railway bridge was completed in 1826, 1848 respectively.

Open daily 27 March - 31 October 10:00 - 17:00

Charges (as of June 23rd 2004)
Adult 1.20
Child 60p

Teapot World

Teapot World

25 Castle Street Conwy Gwynedd LL32 8AY 01492 593 429
Teapot World Shop offers 100's of teapots from glass teapots, novelty teapots, fine bone china teapots & traditional teapots. Teapot Special Offers.

Open Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:30
Sun 11:00 - 17:50
Easter - October


Blue Bell
Liverpool Arms
George and Dragon
The Malt Loaf Lounge Bar
Ye Olde Mail Coach

Fish and Chips

The Galleon


Conwy Railway Station is situated close to the centre of the town. It is on the Chester - Holyhead line served by Arriva Trains Wales.
Direct train service to Chester with main stops at Llandudno Junction, Rhyl, Colwen Bay, Flint
Conwy Railway Station is within easy walking distance of the Castle and is small has two platforms and a waiting shelter.
Network Rail Train Timetable

Conwy Station Conwy Railway Bridge

The town centre has 4 pay-and-display car parks :
Morfa Bach, Vicarge Gardens, The Quay, Mount Pleasant

The charges (as of 23 June 2004) :
Up to an hour 50p, Up to 2 Hours 1.20, Up to 3 Hours 1.70, Up to 4 Hours 2.20 (Max Stay 4 Hours)

Conwy Valley Railway
This historic line runs from Llandudno to Blaenau Ffestiniog

Conwy Youth Hostel
A modern youth hostel 10 Minutes walk from the town centre. YHA star rating ****.
Larkhill, Sychnant Pass Road, Conwy, LL32 8AJ.
Tel 0870 770 5774
Fax 0870 770 5775

Useful Websites

Conwy Parish Church History

Area Attractions

Conwy Water Gardens
Conwy Water Gardens
Conwy The Tournament

Conwy Valley Church Trail

Conwy Valley Church Trail 1

Conwy Valley Church Trail 1


Conwy Town Walls
Conwy Castle
Conwy Town Walls Quay

The Web Master has Visited this establishment Date of Last Conwy Visit Monday 1th July 2013

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