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- Like many popular tourist seaside towns, it’s home to bakeries, pubs, fish and chip shops, a beach, gift shops, and a harbor.
- There aren’t many big chain shops, cafés, or restaurants in Conwy, which gives it a welcoming feel.
- But what makes Conwy different from many towns is its medieval castle and walls encircling the center.
- Conwy Castle was commissioned by King Edward I and was built between 1283 and 1287 by architect Master James of St George. It cost £15,000, or around $17,100.
- The castle was recently named the most beautiful in Europe in a ranking by Condé Nast Traveller, beating Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany (said to have inspired Disney’s iconic castle) and the Palace of Versailles in France.
- Conwy isn’t big and doesn’t have any high-rise buildings, so you can see the grand castle from pretty much anywhere in the town. It adds a real sense of fairytale magic to Conwy.
- The old walls run nearly the full way round the town and are free to walk along. There are information signs at various points sharing the history of the town too.
- It’s a lovely walk, only 1.3 kilometers long, offering views of the surrounding countryside, over the town, across the sea, and, of course, back to the castle.