Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd

CountryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationGwynedd, North Wales
CoordinatesN53 8 23 W4 16 37
Inscription Date1986
Property (ha)6
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
Unesco Reference Number374
DescriptionThe castles of Beaumaris and Harlech (largely the work of the greatest military engineer of the time, James of St George) and the fortified complexes of Caernarfon and Conwy are located in the former principality of Gwynedd, in north Wales. These extremely well-preserved monuments are examples of the colonization and defence works carried out throughout the reign of Edward I (1272–1307) and the military architecture of the time.
StatusWorld Heritage Site