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Conwy Castle and Town Walls

Conwy Castle and Town Walls: Conwy Castle was part of the Iron Circle of castles that was built to subdue the Welsh by the English King Edward I. Conwy Castle was constructed in 1283-1289. Eight huge towers give Conwy Castle in intimidating presence. The town walls of Conwy are the finest in Great Britain. The Conwy town walls are completely intact. The walls reach a height of 9 m, the circuit of the walls is 1,3 km in length with 21 towers at regular intervals. A suspension bridge was built into the rock on which Conwy Castle stands. The Conwy Suspension Bridge was one of the first road suspension bridges in the world, it was designed by Thomas Telford in 1826. Parts of Conwy Castle had to be demolished during construction of the bridge. The smallest house in Great Britain, known as the Quay House, is situated on the quayside of Conwy. Conwy Castle is located in the former principality of Gwynedd in North Wales. Conwy Castle and the medieval town walls of Conwy are part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd. The Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1986. UNESCO World Heritage Site Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd also includes Caernarfon Castle and the town walls, Beaumaris Castle and Harlech Castle.

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Conwy Castle and Town Walls - Conwy Castle is locaed upon a rock high above the town of Conwy and the mouth of the Conwy Estuary. Conwy Castle is a medieval fortification,...

Conwy Castle is locaed upon a rock high above the town of Conwy and the mouth of the Conwy Estuary. Conwy Castle is a medieval fortification, it was built between 1283 and 1289. The castle was built by the English King Edward I after his conquest of Wales which took place in between 1277 and 1283. Conwy Castle is situated in the former principality of Gwynedd in North Wales.

  1. Conwy Castle and Town Walls - Conwy Castle is locaed upon a rock high above the town of Conwy and the mouth of the Conwy Estuary. Conwy Castle is a medieval fortification,...

    Conwy Castle is locaed upon a rock high above the town of Conwy and the mouth of the Conwy Estuary. Conwy Castle is a medieval fortification, it was built between 1283 and 1289. The castle was built by the English King Edward I after his conquest of Wales which took place in between 1277 and 1283. Conwy Castle is situated in the former principality of Gwynedd in North Wales.

  2. Conwy Castle and Town Walls - Conwy Castle and town walls: As Britain's greatest castle-building king, Edward I used the latest ideas in castle design to strengthen the...

    Conwy Castle and town walls: As Britain's greatest castle-building king, Edward I used the latest ideas in castle design to strengthen the defences. He built round towers in England and Wales, most notably at Conwy Castle and town walls. Round towers were more difficult to undermine than square towers. It was also more difficult to rest a siege ladder against a round tower.

  3. Conwy Castle and Town Walls - Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: The Upper Gate of Conwy. The Upper Gate formed the main inland entrance to the town of Conwy...

    Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: The Upper Gate of Conwy. The Upper Gate formed the main inland entrance to the town of Conwy during the Middle Ages. The town walls of Conwy were erected around the same time as Conwy Castle, under the supervision of Master James of St George, one of the greatest military architect of the Middle Ages.

  4. Conwy Castle and Town Walls - Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: The Kitchen Tower and the Great Hall in the courtyard of Conwy Castle. Conwy...

    Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: The Kitchen Tower and the Great Hall in the courtyard of Conwy Castle. Conwy Castle was part of the Iron Ring of Castles that was built to subdue the Welsh by the English King Edward I. Conwy Castle and the own walls are part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd.

  5. Conwy Castle and Town Walls - Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: The Stockhouse Tower of Conwy Castle. Conwy Castle stands in a strategic position and...

    Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: The Stockhouse Tower of Conwy Castle. Conwy Castle stands in a strategic position and dominates the Conwy Estuary. Many castles of King Edward in Wales were built with direct access to the sea, so that fresh supplies could be delivered to the castles. While under siege, defenders could not be starved into submission.

  6. Conwy Castle and Town Walls - The Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: The King's chamber of Conwy Castle viewed from the imposing walls of...

    The Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: The King's chamber of Conwy Castle viewed from the imposing walls of Conwy Castle. During his reign, King Edward I built a large number of castles in Wales and Engeland, it is one of the most ambitious building projects in Europe during the Middle Ages.

  7. Conwy Castle and Town Walls - The Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: The King's Hall of Conwy Castle viewed from the castle walls. The inner ward...

    The Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: The King's Hall of Conwy Castle viewed from the castle walls. The inner ward of the castle contains the chambers built for King Edward I and his Queen consort, Eleanor of Castile. The castle was one of the most expensive projects of King Edward I.

  8. Conwy Castle and Town Walls - Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: The Outer Ward with the Great Hall and chapel of Conwy Castle. Conwy Castle has eight...

    Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: The Outer Ward with the Great Hall and chapel of Conwy Castle. Conwy Castle has eight towers and two barbicans, the walls are about four metres thick. The huge towers measure over nine metres in diameter. The shape of the castle was influenced by the rock on which it was built.

  9. Conwy Castle and Town Walls - Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: The Prison Tower of Conwy Castle. The Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd were...

    Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: The Prison Tower of Conwy Castle. The Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1986. The Castles of King Edward in Gwynedd are: Caernarfon Castle, Conwy Castle, Harlech Castle and Beaumaris Castle and the town walls of Caernarfon and Conwy.

  10. Conwy Castle and Town Walls - Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: The Conwy Castle well still contains water. Castles were always built on land containing a well...

    Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: The Conwy Castle well still contains water. Castles were always built on land containing a well or spring. While under siege, castles needed to have its own water supply, this was very important to survive. The spring-fed well of Conwy Castle is more than twenty-eight metres deep.

  11. Conwy Castle and Town Walls - Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: The main courtyard of Conwy Castle and the Blackhouse Tower viewed from the castle...

    Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: The main courtyard of Conwy Castle and the Blackhouse Tower viewed from the castle walls. Conwy Castle is one of the most important castles of the Iron Ring of castles, a number medieval fortifications built on strategic outposts in in Wales. 

  12. Conwy Castle and Town Walls - Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: The Conwy harbour viewed from the town wall. The Conwy town walls are completely intact....

    Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: The Conwy harbour viewed from the town wall. The Conwy town walls are completely intact. THe Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd are considered masterpieces of medieval military engineering. The Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1986.

  13. Conwy Castle and Town Walls - Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: Conwy Castle and the town wall of Conwy. The Conwy Town walls is a largely unbroken, 1.3 km long...

    Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: Conwy Castle and the town wall of Conwy. The Conwy Town walls is a largely unbroken, 1.3 km long circuit around the town, they include three gate houses and twety-one towers. The walls were constructed betweem 1283 and 1287 and are connected to the walls of Conwy Castle.

  14. Conwy Castle and Town Walls - Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: Conwy Castle and the Conwy Suspension Bridge. The bridge was built in 1826 by Thomas...

    Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: Conwy Castle and the Conwy Suspension Bridge. The bridge was built in 1826 by Thomas Telford, one of the greatest civil engineers of his time. The bridge was built into the rock on which Conwy Castle stands, parts of the castle had to be demolished during construction of the bridge. The Conwy Suspension Bridge was one of the first road suspension bridges in the world.

  15. Conwy Castle and Town Walls - Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: A woman in traditional Welsh dress stands outside the Smallest House in Great Britain. The...

    Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd: A woman in traditional Welsh dress stands outside the Smallest House in Great Britain. The Smallest House in Great Britain is also known as the Quay House. The Smallest House in Great Britain was built against the Conwy town walls in the 16th century and remained in use until 1900.