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CaernarfonUnited Kingdom

Dominated by its huge medieval fortress and surrounded by calm waterways, Caernarfon is one of Wales’ most picturesque towns.

Visit pretty Caernarfon to explore one of Wales’ most historically rich destinations. The area has been populated since pre-Roman times and features fascinating architecture from every era since. Explore narrow streets lined with Georgian houses, visit a Roman fort and see the enormous castle.

Caernarfon was founded in A.D. 60 when the Romans built the Segontium Roman Fort as part of their campaign against the druids of Anglesey. In subsequent centuries it held a court of the original Welsh princes, who successfully defended it against the army of William the Conqueror.

The town’s most impressive legacy, however, was built by its first English king, Edward I. The gigantic Caernarfon Castle was completed in 1330 and has survived a series of battles between English and Welsh armies over the centuries. See the famous polygonal towers and climb to the ramparts to look out across the surrounding waterways to the mountains of Snowdonia.

The best way to see the rest of town is to book a guided walk, available through the North Wales Tour Guide Association. Pass pretty market squares and historic cobbled streets to reach St. Mary’s Church. This impressive structure was built at the same time as the castle and was originally part of the old town walls.

Caernarfon is surrounded by water, with the Menai Strait to the west and the River Seiont flowing from the east. Book a cruise of the surrounding coastline or rent a boat or kayak and explore on your own. Views of the castle are particularly impressive from the water.

As one of Wales’ major towns, Caernarfon is easily accessible by bus, train and car. Spend a few days exploring this charming town.

Top hotels in Caernarfon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Royal Victoria Hotel
The Royal Victoria Hotel
3 out of 5
Llanberis, Gwynedd, Caernarfon, Wales
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £85 per night

Situated in Caernarfon, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Mount Snowdon, Pen-y-Pass and Pyg Track. Caernarfon Castle and GreenWood Forest Park are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (993 reviews)

"I had a wonderful stay at the Royal Victoria. The staff are the best. Hotel does need updating and refurbishing. But perfect for a base and getting the most out of the area."…"

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2020

The Royal Victoria Hotel
Celtic Royal Hotel
Celtic Royal Hotel
3 out of 5
Bangor Street, Gwynedd, Caernarfon, Wales
The price is £79 per night

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.

4.3/5Excellent! (730 reviews)

"Nice hotel with good location and parking. A little dated and not as clean as I expected after the lockdown. Breakfast was good and most of the staff friendly and helpful. Annoyingly, there is no rubbish bin outside the front, nor a smoking place, shame as someone looks after the garden."…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020

Celtic Royal Hotel
Y Gwynedd Inn
Y Gwynedd Inn
3 out of 5
High Street, Llanberis, Snowdonia, Caernarfon, Wales
The price is £79 per night

Situated in the mountains, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Electric Mountain and Dolbadurn Castle. National Slate Museum and Welsh Slate Museum are also ...

3.5/5Good! (57 reviews)

"There were hairs in the bath and on the back of the bathroom door, otherwise fine."…"

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2019

Y Gwynedd Inn

Popular places to visit in Caernarfon

Mount Snowdon
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Mount Snowdon

4.5/5(303 reviews)

Mount Snowdon lies at the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, an area of unspoiled natural beauty in Central Wales. At 3,560 feet, it is the tallest mountain in Wales and the tallest in the UK outside the Scottish Highlands. The range of routes leading to the higher reaches of the mountain, however, makes it a firm favourite with families and you don’t have to be an expert climber or hiker to access some of the most stunning views in the UK.

Caernarfon Castle
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Caernarfon Castle

4.5/5(169 reviews)

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.

Pen-y-Pass
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Pen-y-Pass

4.5/5(58 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Pen-y-Pass and enjoy the mountain views during your trip to Llanberis. Visit the lively bars or top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Pyg Track
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Pyg Track

5/5(10 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Pyg Track and enjoy the mountain views during your trip to Llanberis. Visit the lively bars or top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Gypsy Wood Park
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Gypsy Wood Park

Enjoy the mountain views and explore Gypsy Wood Park, a lovely green space in Caernarfon. Visit the lively bars or top-notch restaurants in this culturally rich area.

Llyn Dinas
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Llyn Dinas

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Llyn Dinas during your travels in Beddgelert. Stroll along the riverfront or discover the mountain views in this quaint area.

Top things to do in Caernarfon

SNOWDONIA AND THE 3 CASTLES TOUR
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SNOWDONIA AND THE 3 CASTLES TOUR

£60
Per adult
Llandudno Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Llandudno Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£13
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
LIVERPOOL: North Wales Adventure Sightseeing - Day Trip Tour
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LIVERPOOL: North Wales Adventure Sightseeing - Day Trip Tour

£47
Per adult
GreenWood Family Park
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GreenWood Family Park

£16
Per adult
MANCHESTER: North Wales Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip Tour
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MANCHESTER: North Wales Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip Tour

£47
Per adult
Guided Scrambles Snowdonia
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Guided Scrambles Snowdonia

£88
Per adult

Reviews of Caernarfon

4.4

Top Destination

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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.657657657657658%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Feb 2020

Lovely place. Not far from Liverpool (home). Castle and the others nearby are great. Excellent location for north Wales/Anglesey. I come up a few times a year for kickboxing and spent many school holidays there whilst growing up. Now back with my lad

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

12 Feb 2020

Not much do, sunday no shops open' church closed

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Feb 2020

Good location for a base in order to explore. Visiting the Black Boy is worth the stay

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Jan 2020

Lovely town to spend new year

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

1 Jan 2020

Was a lovely tranquil place to visit in Snowdonia.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

25 Oct 2019

not much in Caenarfon except the castle,but ok just walking around doing a bit of shopping.

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