Conwy Castle on Conwy travel guide
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Built for the English King Edward I between 1283-87, Master James of St George's design at Conwy remains one of the most outstanding achievements of medieval military architecture. The distinctive elongated shape, with its two barbicans, eight massive towers and great bow-shaped hall, was dictated by the narrow rocky outcrop on which the castle stands. The story of the castle and walled town of Conwy begins in the year 1283. King Edward 1 and his English army had completed the conquest of Snowdonia and terminated the rule of the Welsh Princes.
On 18 January 1283 the capture of Dolwyddelan Castle gave Edward the control of the Conwy valley and he moved to Conwy in March of 1283. Here the monastery of Aberconwy, the spiritual heart of Gwynnedd and the burial place of Llewelyn the Great, was destroyed and a new home for the monks was built at Maenan some 8 miles away. All that remained was the unfinished abbey church which was to become the parish church of the new town, which it still remains. Conwy castle was to be built above the original tomb of Llewelyn the Great. Edward immediately set about organising the building of the Castle. Under the supervision of James of St George and his associate at Conwy James of Chester. the Master carpenters Henry of Oxford and Laurence of Canterbury and Mason John Francis had charge over a force of English craftsmen and labourers that reached a peak of 1500 strong in the summer of 1285, and within 4 short years this the most magnificent of Edward 1's Castles would be substantially complete.



Short-changed on our tea


Jul 04, 2014 by Miss R. Jones

We popped in here on a hot June day in 2014 for a cup of tea and some refreshment, with a view to maybe returning for a birthday meal later in the day. The woman at the counter was friendly and a good sales lady (she got me to add some cream to my chocolate torte). However when our 'pot of tea for two came', the teapot was only about half full, and we only managed one cup of tea each. The torte was delicious though. When we mentioned the fact that the teapot didn't allow us to have two cups each which is the norm, the woman told us we should have mentioned it at once, as soon as we got the pot. There was no apology. The girl to whom we gave our money appeared not to know the English currency, and had to be helped by the first woman! We were not impressed with this experience, and certainly didn't go back for an evening meal.
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Amazing


Mar 10, 2014 by Debbie

We were staying in Rowen village this pub was the only pub in the village, but it was magnificent, friendly staff, other customers were so welcoming and chatty we felt part of the community. The evening of Welsh singing blew our socks off it was amazing the food was delicious too with very generous portions.We would recommend anyone to pay the pub a visit
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Feb 04, 2014 by Robert Francis

I wonder whether the rest of the route from Segontium to Deva is known?
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