The Castles and Town Walls of Edward I in Gwynedd

Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle

We want your views on the Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd World Heritage Site (WHS) draft management plan 2016–26.

Beaumaris, Caernarfon, Conwy and Harlech were the finest castles built by King Edward in Wales. At Caernarfon and Conwy, new towns were built within massive walls at the same time as the castles. All were begun and substantially completed between 1283 and 1330. The result, both individually and collectively, is the finest surviving example of late thirteenth-century military architecture in Europe. Together, these four great castles and two sets of town walls were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1986 as the Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd World Heritage Site.

In 2004, Cadw published its first comprehensive management plan for the World Heritage Site to help look after the site for the benefit of future generations. Having achieved many of the objectives, and following extensive community and stakeholder consultation, we have prepared a new draft management plan for the next ten years.

We would like to hear what you think about this new vision for the protection and promotion of the World Heritage Site, and invite you to one of our drop-in sessions to discuss the plan with us. And the chance to win a year’s Cadw family membership!

5 December
3pm-5pm
Drop-in Session
Caernarfon Library

6 December
2pm-5pm
Drop-in Session
David Hughes Community Centre Beaumaris

7 December
2pm-5pm
Drop-in Session
Conwy Castle Visitor Centre

14 December
2pm-5pm
Drop-in Session
Harlech Castle Visitor Centre


You can also respond in writing until 9 January 2017 by using the consultation document below.

There is more information about the Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd on the UNESCO website, including the statement of Outstanding Universal Value, and in the draft management plan below.