The Castles and Town Walls of Edward I in Gwynedd

Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle

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.

The formal consultation on the new management plan closed on 9 January 2017. We are now considering all of the comments received before finalising the plan. The intention is to publish it at the end of July 2017.

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.