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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 £71
Black Boy Inn

Black Boy Inn

Northgate Street, Caernarfon
     
    4.6
    of 5, from 474 reviews
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    Situated by the sea, this inn is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Caernarfon Castle and within 9 miles (15 km) of Menai Bridge and National Slate Museum. Dolbadurn Castle and Bangor University are also within 9 miles (15 km).

    Celtic Royal Hotel £68
    Celtic Royal Hotel

    Celtic Royal Hotel

    Bangor Street, Caernarfon
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 422 reviews
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      Situated in Caernarfon, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Caernarfon Castle and within 9 miles (15 km) of Menai Bridge and National Slate Museum. Dolbadurn Castle and Bangor University are also within 9 miles (15 km).

      Ty Dre Town House £75
      Ty Dre Town House

      Ty Dre Town House

      24 High Street, Caernarfon
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 86 reviews
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        Situated by the sea, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Caernarfon Castle and within 9 miles (15 km) of Menai Bridge and National Slate Museum. Dolbadurn Castle and Bangor University are also within 9 miles (15 km).

        Victoria House B&B £83
        Victoria House B&B

        Victoria House B&B

        13 CHURCH STREET, Caernarfon
           
          3.5 out of 5.0
          Seiont Manor Hotel £82
          Seiont Manor Hotel

          Seiont Manor Hotel

          Llanrug Caernafon, Caernarfon
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 243 reviews
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            Located in the mountains, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Caernarfon Castle, National Slate Museum, and Dolbadurn Castle. Menai Bridge and Bangor University are also within 12 miles (20 km).

            Scarlett Lodge 3 Bedroom Riverside Cabin Close to Snowdonia & Caernarfon
            Scarlett Lodge 3 Bedroom Riverside Cabin Close to Snowdonia & Caernarfon

            Scarlett Lodge 3 Bedroom Riverside Cabin Close to Snowdonia & Caernarfon

            , Caernarfon
               
              5.0
              of 5, from 4 reviews
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              Situated on the waterfront, this property is close to Caernarfon Castle. Area attractions also include Dolbadurn Castle and National Slate Museum.

              Refurbished Modern 2 Bedroom Cabin, Caernarfon, Snowdonia
              Refurbished Modern 2 Bedroom Cabin, Caernarfon, Snowdonia

              Refurbished Modern 2 Bedroom Cabin, Caernarfon, Snowdonia

              , Caernarfon
                 
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                Situated in Caernarfon, this property is close to Caernarfon Castle. Area attractions also include Dolbadurn Castle and National Slate Museum.

                Updated AND Modernised 2017
                Updated AND Modernised 2017

                Updated AND Modernised 2017

                , caernarfon
                   
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                  Situated in Caernarfon, this property is close to Caernarfon Castle. Area attractions also include Dolbadurn Castle and National Slate Museum.