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Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle, located at the mouth of the River Seiont on the North Wales coast, is perhaps the most architecturally impressive and imposing of all the castles in Wales.

It dominates the skyline thanks to a dynamic building style that emphasises sheer scale above all else. Important enough to have been officially designated a World Heritage Site, the castle makes use of large polygonal towers, rather than the standard round construction, and colour-coded bands of stone to create a truly imposing edifice.

The site of Caernarfon Castle has been chosen for fortification ever since a Roman fort was built there, with the ease of access to both the river and the sea beyond making it a strategically important spot. The Caernarfon Castle seen today was built in 1283 by King Edward as a mark of his conquest of Wales. The size and scale of the castle was no accident, as it was also built as the seat of Welsh government and the royal palace, as well as a purely military construction.

The historical and symbolic importance of Caernarfon Castle was emphasised in 1284, when Edward I ensured that his son, the first English Prince of Wales, was born there. This event was referenced in 1969 when the investiture of Charles, the current Prince of Wales, took place there in front of a worldwide TV audience of millions.

The castle is open throughout the year, with the exception of the Christmas period, and, as well as the ramparts, towers and stone passages of the building itself, it houses exhibitions, historical artefacts and the museum of the Welsh Fusiliers.


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Celtic Royal Hotel £81
Celtic Royal Hotel

Celtic Royal Hotel

Bangor Street, Gwynedd, Caernarfon, Wales
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Caernarfon, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gypsy Wood Park and Caernarfon Castle. Traeth Llanddwyn is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.

    Ty Glyndwr Bunkhouse Bar and Cafe
    Ty Glyndwr Bunkhouse Bar and Cafe

    Ty Glyndwr Bunkhouse Bar and Cafe

    1 Castle Street, Caernarfon, Wales
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Caernarfon, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gypsy Wood Park and Caernarfon Castle. Traeth Llanddwyn is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) away.

      Black Boy Inn £119
      Black Boy Inn

      Black Boy Inn

      Northgate Street, Caernarfon, Wales
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Caernarfon, this inn is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Caernarfon Castle, and within 9 mi (15 km) of GreenWood Forest Park and St Tysilio's Church. Menai Bridge and National Slate Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Ty Dre Town House
        Ty Dre Town House

        Ty Dre Town House

        24 High Street, Caernarfon, Wales
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated by the sea, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Caernarfon Castle, and within 9 mi (15 km) of GreenWood Forest Park and St Tysilio's Church. Menai Bridge and National Slate Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Caernarfon Apartments £75
          Caernarfon Apartments

          Caernarfon Apartments

          25 High St, Caernarfon, Wales
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Caernarfon, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Caernarfon Castle, and within 9 mi (15 km) of GreenWood Forest Park and St Tysilio's Church. Menai Bridge and National Slate Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            High Street Apartments
            High Street Apartments

            High Street Apartments

            7 High Street, Caernarfon, Wales
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Caernarfon, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gypsy Wood Park and Caernarfon Castle. Traeth Llanddwyn is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.

              Castle Street Cottage, Caernarfon
              Castle Street Cottage, Caernarfon

              Castle Street Cottage, Caernarfon

              Caernarfon, WLS
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Caernarfon, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gypsy Wood Park and Caernarfon Castle. Traeth Llanddwyn is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.

                Victoria House B&B £85
                Victoria House B&B

                Victoria House B&B

                13 CHURCH STREET, Caernarfon, Wales
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the waterfront, this luxury bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Caernarfon Castle and Gypsy Wood Park. GreenWood Forest Park and Menai Bridge are also within 9 mi (15 km).