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Caernarfon Castle, Caernarfon

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Must see · World heritage site · Castle · Historic Site
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If you could choose only one Welsh castle to see, Caernarfon Castle would have to be on the shortlist. Edward I started to build the fortress here in 1283, when Caernarfon was the administrative center of northern Wales. Today it remains much the way it stood for hundreds of years. Head into the small video room to see a short film about the castle's history and into the Military Museum to view medieval weaponry. You'll spend most of your time, though, wandering the structure's corridors and passages. Head up to the top of one of the towers for views over town and out to the scenic Snowdonia region. The castle sits in the heart of Caernarfon, so you have plenty of options for food and drink before or after your visit. Make Caernarfon Castle part of your personalized Caernarfon itinerary using our Caernarfon route app.
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  • We were spending a weekend in Caernarfon, the castle had to be visited, it is very impressive and our 3 grandkids loved the experience. My only complaint was that disabled people are not catered for.....  more
    We were spending a weekend in Caernarfon, the castle had to be visited, it is very impressive and our 3 grandkids loved the experience. My only complaint was that disabled people are not catered for.....  more »
  • Two of us went for our evening meal. There was an issue with one of the meals so I brought it to the attention of the manager Linda. She really did go above and beyond to put it right, and I don’t... 
    Two of us went for our evening meal. There was an issue with one of the meals so I brought it to the attention of the manager Linda. She really did go above and beyond to put it right, and I don’t...  more »
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  • Visited in August 2019 when during my Wales holiday. On the way to the town I drove through the national park early morning in the ever biggest rain I have seen in my life. It left a mark on my mood, so I could not really enjoy the castle. Anyway everything was wet and huge puddles sat everywhere, and this castle is full stone built with uneven surfaces, uneven staircases inside and out, too, mostly without hand rails. I managed a few staircases down and up too, but after a while I just had simply enough. The view is beautiful, the castle is historic, and we can find some informational rooms, as well as a movie room about its history, and the coronation ceremony. It is definitely worth to visit, and I do not want to write anything bad just because I was moody that time. True, that I was not able to enjoy the castle as much as I wanted, due to the weather and my mood, and I spent there only about 2 hours. Neither it helped that it is a bit of a creepy place with its dark and narrow corridors and staircases, and the outside cloudy dark weather did not help to bring in some lights and warmth.. But this place is big enough to the whole family for a day out and I think kids can enjoy and learn while playing. It has toilet/cafe and shop, of course the way out is always through the shops. I used none of them during my short visit. Parking is outside behind the castle next to the river, and they warned us to park as far as we can from the water, because it can be flooded after rain...
  • Excellent to visit such an intact castle. Great fun to climb each tower and to navigate the pleasingly maze-like interior of the walls and towers. Lovely views in several directions. Very good value for a family ticket and the included guide book makes a change from the normal rip-off prices in similar attractions. Highly recommended for a family visit.

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