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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
Celtic Royal Hotel
3 out of 5
Bangor Street, Gwynedd, Caernarfon, Wales
The price is £77 per night from 4 Nov to 4 Nov
Situated in Caernarfon, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Caernarfon Castle and Gypsy Wood Park. Traeth Llanddwyn is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.
4.3/5 Excellent! (781 reviews)
"Lovely hotel, friendly staff and great location."

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Black Boy Inn
Black Boy Inn
4 out of 5
Northgate Street, Caernarfon, Wales
The price is £78 per night from 20 Oct to 20 Oct
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 Menai Bridge. St ...
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"Nice room except there were no chairs although there was plenty of room. Bathroom was nice. Reception staff very helpful."

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Victoria House B&B
Victoria House B&B
5 out of 5
13 CHURCH STREET, Caernarfon, Wales
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The price is £82 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
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 ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (39 reviews)
"A beautiful character property. We stayed in a sea-view room which was absolutely beautifully. The hotel alos had a courtyard with steps that went to the top of the castle wall which had a beautifully view"

Reviewed on 5 Sep 2021

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