The castle consists of eight large round towers with connecting walls, a large hall, an outer and an inner ward. The entrance to the castle is on the western side, but not through a gatehouse as one was not needed because the town itself was defended. The orginal outer gateway has been destroyed but would have had a drawbridge. The inner ward is rectangular and has four towers at its corners. These would have been used by important visitors. To the east of the inner ward is a barbican with a small exit.
|Conway Castle Key Facts|
|County||Conwy (6 castles)|
|Remains||Not complete but much survives|
|Access to site||Only open at certain times|
|Although much of the internal sections of the castle are in ruins, all of the towers are complete and can be explored.|
|1283||Construction of Conway Castle begun|
|After capturing Dolwyddelan, Edward moved up the river Conway to its mouth and a new castle was ordered. The castle's design and size were chosen to prove the royal power of the English King. The construction took until 1297.|
Episode: Edward I and Wales
|1295||Jan||Edward besieged at Conway|
|After spending Christmas at Conway castle Edward's attempts to defeat the Welsh were hampered by bad weather and losses of supplies to the Welsh. He held his position at Conway castle waiting for improved weather and to receive supplies by sea.|
|Apr||Edward occupies Anglesey|
|Supplies reached Edward at Conway castle and he was able to march against the Welsh. By April had occupied Anglesey.|
|1399||Aug||Richard is captured|
|Richard returned to England landing in Wales. Richard was captured at Conway Castle and was moved to Pontefract Castle where he was imprisoned.|
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