If you could choose only one Welsh castle to see, Caernarfon Castle would have to be on the shortlist. Edward I started to build the fortress here in 1283, when Caernarfon was the administrative center of northern Wales. Today it remains much the way it stood for hundreds of years. Head into the small video room to see a short film about the castle's history and into the Military Museum to view medieval weaponry. You'll spend most of your time, though, wandering the structure's corridors and passages. Head up to the top of one of the towers for views over town and out to the scenic Snowdonia region. The castle sits in the heart of Caernarfon, so you have plenty of options for food and drink before or after your visit. Make Caernarfon Castle part of your personalized Caernarfon itinerary using our Caernarfon route app.
Caernarfon Castle Reviews
Visited in August 2019 when during my Wales holiday. On the way to the town I drove through the national park early morning in the ever biggest rain I have seen in my life. It left a mark on my mood..... more »
Well, this is a huge and amazing castle, one of the most impressive I've been to. The walled town adjacent to the castle is reminiscent of my home city of Baku, this is quite unusual that this kind... more »
As castles go, this was a very impressive castle. It's very well restored. You can walk around pretty much all of it and it has some great views at the top of the towers. Be prepared to go up lots of steps to get to the top. It's a long way up and back down.
Beautiful scenic castle and a lovely walk along the quayside and along the walk to the marina. Plenty of parking on the castle car park. Some lovely pubs and restaurants. I recommend the Black Boy inn for its superb food and top class accommodation. Great place to visit and spend quality time, for all the family.
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