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Deganwy All Saints Church
Deganwy is located in Conwy
Deganwy shown within Conwy
Population 3,936 (2011)
OS grid reference SH779791
  • Conwy
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LL31
Dialling code 01492
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
53°17′53″N 3°49′52″W / 53.298°N 3.831°W / 53.298; -3.831Coordinates: 53°17′53″N 3°49′52″W / 53.298°N 3.831°W / 53.298; -3.831

Deganwy (Middle Welsh Degannwy, Brythonic *Decantouion) is a small town in Conwy County Borough in Wales with a population of 3,936 (2011). It lies in the Creuddyn Peninsula alongside Llandudno and Rhos-on-Sea. Historically part of Caernarfonshire, it is in a more English-speaking region of north Wales, with only 1 in 4 residents speaking Welsh as a first language. It is located south of Llandudno and to the east of Conwy, which is on the opposite side of the River Conwy, and with which it forms the Conwy community. Indeed, the name Deganwy has been interpreted in modern times as Din-Gonwy, which would mean "Fort on the River Conwy", but the historical spellings make it impossible for this to be the actual origin of the name although mentioned in Domesday Book is "the territory of the Decanae tribe". The original wooden castle was rebuilt in stone after 1210. Deganwy is in the ecclesiastical parish of Llanrhos, and has a Victorian era Gothic parish church dedicated to All Saints.


Deganwy has one bilingual primary school, Ysgol Deganwy.

Deganwy Castle[edit]

Deganwy's most notable feature is Deganwy Castle,[1] situated 110 m above the town, which, in the 6th century was fortified as the stronghold of Maelgwn Gwynedd,[2] king of Gwynedd. Deganwy appears to have been the capital of Gwynedd at this time, but this was later moved to Aberffraw on Anglesey. The hill on which the castle was built was fortified many times over the centuries. It was the site of a Norman castle built around 1082 and occupied by Robert of Rhuddlan, and later by Llywelyn the Great and Llywelyn ap Gruffudd. The castle was later demolished by Edward I when Conwy Castle was built opposite so that only ruins remain today.

Rail and sea[edit]

Conwy Estuary, Sailing in to Deganwy
Deganwy Marina

Deganwy has a railway station on the Llandudno branch line with an hourly train service, available on request, to and from Manchester Piccadilly and intermediate stations. The London & North Western Railway built at Deganwy a rail connected riverside quay and wharfs, largely for the purpose of exporting slate by coastal steamer. The slate was brought by rail from Blaenau Ffestiniog. A marina with its accompanying housing and hotel accommodation was established on the site of the former slate wharfs early in the 21st century.

Stood on the original footbridge while taking this photo.
Taken on the same day as the northbound photo.

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