Booking Direct is £5 Cheaper than any other website

Latest News

Find out what is going on

New Years Eve at the Castle

New Years Eve at the Castle


Welcome in 2018 with friends and family at our New Years Eve Gala Dinner


Enjoy a glass of fizz and canapes on arrival followed by a specially selected AA rosette standard menu and live entertainment and dancing into the early hours.

Book one of our New Years packages from £249.50 per person. 


Take a look at our 2017 Christmas Brochure here and call 01492 582800 to book now!

www.castlewales.co.uk/christmas

Autumn Deal

Autumn Deal


Content Here.

Christmas with The Coaching Inn Group

Christmas with The Coaching Inn Group


CHRISTMAS WITH ADDED SPARKLE!


Here at The Castle Christmas is our favourite time of year and we know how to make it extra special!
Join us this festive season for Party Nights, Festive Meals, Christmas Escapes and much more! 
Why not take a look at our Christmas Brochure to find your festive favourites and BOOK NOW!

Take a look at our 2017 Christmas Brochure here!

http://www.castlewales.co.uk/christmas/


About Us

 

Hotel & Travel Information

Hotel & Travel Information


The Castle Hotel

High Street,
Conwy,
North Wales,
LL32 8DB
Telephone : 01492 582 800
Email: [email protected]

The Castle Hotel, is an old coaching inn in Wales, standing on the site of a Cistercian abbey within the UNESCO World Heritage walled town of Conwy.

This popular Hotel in Wales offers individually designed accommodation. The hotel has 27 bedrooms to the AA and Visit Wales’ exacting 4 Star Town House standards with a ’boutiquey’ feel. A recent addition is the very popular ‘Healing Hands’ treatment room.

The Castle Hotel Conwy is famous for its food and personal service. Our food is sourced from the finest of Welsh products and the order of the day is good food served well on hot plates! It makes your stay in Wales more relaxed and enjoyable. Start your day with breakfast served in the restaurant or the bar and finish your evening in a great “locals” atmosphere with a choice of hand-pulled beers and a comprehensive wine list with over a dozen available by the glass.

Bedrooms - 27
Dogs allowed
Disabled toilets available
Free Wi-Fi
Families Welcome
Food Served all day
Less than 2 minutes from Conwy Castle & Harbour

History

History


The Castle Hotel occupies consecrated land on the site of the famous 12th Century Cistercian Abbey at Conwy, which enjoyed many privileges and immunities.


Click Here - To Download our History Book

Dedicated by Prince Llewellyn ap Iorweth, the founder, to the Holy Virgin and All Saints, the fraternity of the Abbey “had the right of choosing their own Abbots; all wrecks upon their land belonged to them; they were free from all tolls” and they administered justice amongst themselves.

The Abbey continued to flourish unmolested until the reign of Henry the Third when it was plundered and some of the buildings were burnt. The walls that divide the hotel car park from the church are believed to be the remains of the Abbey.

Much of the original church remains today – St Mary’s and All Saints Church is situated just behind the hotel. The graveyard is the burial place of many of the Princes of Gwynedd, including Gruffydd ap Cynan: Llewelyn ap Maelgwyn; Llewelyn the Great (Llywelyn Fawr); and his sons Dafydd and Gruffydd.

After King Edward 1's conquest of Wales in 1283, Edward chose to build a castle and its fortified town on the site and forced removal of the Abbey to Maenan in the Conwy valley. Llywelyn the Great's body, buried in 1240 AD was removed to Maenan and then, on the dissolution of the monasteries, to Llanrwst Church, where the coffin can still be seen. St Mary’s became the Parish church for the new English town of Conway.

When improvements were being made to the Castle Hotel in 1832 a tombstone with a plain carved cross was found in the yard, containing only a skull. In 1870 a stone front was discovered at the back of the house just below the hotel and some skeletons have been accidentally exhumed in the yard over the years – believed to be victims of the plague which reached Conwy three weeks after it broke out in London.

Conwy was on the main London to Holyhead stage coach route so it’s presumed that the plague was brought into the town by a traveller. It’s believed that many bodies from the plague were buried within the walls on Berry St (the spelling has changed as the language has evolved).

Adjoining the Castle Hotel was the Kings Head, the other side of the archway into the hotel’s rear car park, and dates back to the 15th century and is now part of the present hotel. This is the oldest part of the hotel and houses a craft shop and L’s coffee shop on the ground floor and several bedrooms, including the spectacular Caer Rhun Suite on the upper floors. The little yard behind the old King’s Head was a Cock Pit (now L’s Coffee Shop courtyard garden!) where it is written that locals used to watch both cocks fight and gypsies settle their arguments.

Another significant occasion in the history of the hotel was on 17th May 1884. A public dinner was given by the gentry of Conwy to Mr Robert Stephenson to celebrate the successful erection of the Tubular Railway Bridge. This dinner was held in a temporary pavilion at the back of the hotel. The tent was 70ft long and 24ft wide and at each end of the pavilion were the gigantic initials R.S. in a blaze of variegated lamps and the whole pavilion was festooned with flowers and evergreen. The interior was lined with crimson and white drapes and formed a splendid setting for the celebration. One hundred and thirty tickets were sold at one guinea each, the guests included Robert Stephenson’s brother George.

Robert Stephenson spoke about the bridge and one speaker marvelled at the speed of the railway, “We are now whirled along at speeds exceeding the fastest horse.”

William Wordsworth stayed here and when visiting St Mary’s graveyard, he spotted one tomb containing seven brothers and sisters, which is marked “We are Seven”, which inspired him to write his famous poem of the same name.

Other famous visitors to the hotel have included Samuel Johnson and Charlotte Bronte, who spent her honeymoon here. Also the Queen of Romania, whilst convalescing in Llandudno in 1890, was entertained to lunch here - see the photographs in the bar of the locals waiting for her arrival outside the hotel. 

The hotel was owned by Mrs Dutton-Foreshaw, during that time and remained in her family ownership until 1931. It was also in her ownership that Mr John Dawson-Watson, Royal Art Academy Member, lived in the hotel and much of his work can be seen in the hotel. He apparently had a certain ‘affection’ for Mrs D-F and is fabled to have ‘paid’ for his lodgings with his artwork! Extremely unlikely as JDW was an extremely successful artist at the time, owning a large house within the town walls.

In 1931, the London hotel company called Trust House, (eventually to become Trust House Forte Hotels; THF) bought the property. THF owned the hotel until 1994, when another London based company, Regal Hotels took over. They in turn sold to Peter Lavin and family and friend Graham Tinsley, the current owners, in 2000.

Awards & Reviews

Awards & Reviews


Awards

2017 - Winner of Best Employer at the Publican Awards
2017 - Winner of Best Accommodation offering at the Publican Awards

2016 - 2 AA Rosettes
2016 -
AA Awarded 4 Star Town House
2016
- Visit Wales - Gold Award
2016
- Highly commended' at The Publican Awards for Pub Company of the Year
2016 - Ranked #9 in Grant Thornton Top 200 Fastest Growing Companies in the East Midlands
2016 - Trip Advisor - Certificate of Excellence

2015 - Eat Out Awards - Pub Company of the Year - Coaching Inn Group
2015 - London Stock Exchange - 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain
2015 - TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence



Menu