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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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Black Boy Inn

Black Boy Inn

Northgate Street, Caernarfon
4.6
of 5, from 132 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this inn is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Caernarfon Castle and within 9 mi (15 km) of Menai Bridge and National Slate Museum. Dolbadurn Castle and Bangor University are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£65
Celtic Royal Hotel

Celtic Royal Hotel

Bangor Street, Caernarfon
4.4
of 5, from 124 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Caernarfon, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Caernarfon Castle and within 9 mi (15 km) of Menai Bridge and National Slate Museum. Dolbadurn Castle and Bangor University are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£54
Ty Dre Town House

Ty Dre Town House

24 High Street, Caernarfon
4.2
of 5, from 14 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Caernarfon Castle and within 9 mi (15 km) of Menai Bridge and National Slate Museum. Dolbadurn Castle and Bangor University are also within 9 mi (15 km).

North Wales Holiday Cottage, Caernarfon, Snowdonia, Sleeps 8, 4 Bedrooms

North Wales Holiday Cottage, Caernarfon, Snowdonia, Sleeps 8, 4 Bedrooms

Hafan Mor, 12 Church Street, Caernarfon
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this historic vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Caernarfon Castle and within 9 mi (15 km) of Menai Bridge and National Slate Museum. Dolbadurn Castle and Bangor University are also within 12 mi (20 km).

£82
Plas Dinas Country House

Plas Dinas Country House

Plas Dinas, Caernarfon
4.8
of 5, from 40 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bontnewydd, this luxury guesthouse is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Caernarfon Castle and within 9 mi (15 km) of National Slate Museum and Dolbadurn Castle. Rhyd Ddu Path and Menai Bridge are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Glan Morfa Lodge

Glan Morfa Lodge

Llangaffo, Gaerwen
4.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Dwyran, this eco-friendly lodge is within 16 mi (25 km) of Menai Bridge, Bangor University, and Penrhyn Castle. Beaumaris Castle and Caernarfon Castle are also within 20 mi (32 km).

£87
Seiont Manor Hotel

Seiont Manor Hotel

Llanrug Caernafon, Caernarfon
4.4
of 5, from 78 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the mountains, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Caernarfon Castle, National Slate Museum, and Dolbadurn Castle. Miner's Track and Pyg Track are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Dinas Farm

Dinas Farm

Dinas Bontnewydd, Caernarfon
5.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this apartment is 3.3 mi (5.3 km) from Caernarfon Castle and within 12 mi (20 km) of National Slate Museum and Dolbadurn Castle. Rhyd Ddu Path and Menai Bridge are also within 12 mi (20 km).