A brute of a fortress. Caernarfon Castle’s pumped-up appearance is unashamedly muscle-bound and intimidating. Picking a fight with this massive structure would have been a daunting prospect. By throwing his weight around in stone, King Edward I created what is surely one of the most impressive of Wales’s castles. Worthy of World Heritage status no less.
Most castles are happy with round towers, not Caernarfon! Polygonal towers were the order of the day, with the Eagle Tower being the most impressive of these. You will also note the colour-coded stones carefully arranged in bands.
The site of this great castle wasn’t chosen by accident. It had previously been the location of a Norman motte and bailey castle and before that a Roman fort stood nearby. The lure of water and easy access to the sea made the banks of the River Seiont an ideal spot for Edward’s monster in masonry.
Edward wasn’t one to miss an opportunity to tighten his grip even further on the native population. The birth of his son, the first English Prince of Wales, in the castle in 1284, was a perfect device to stamp his supremacy. In 1969, the investiture of the current Prince of Wales, HRH Prince Charles took place here.
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1 March - 30 June 2013
Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Adult - £6.00
Family - £18.00
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £4.50
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free
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Postcode LL55 2AY
Road A4085, A487(T), B4366.
Rail 16km/10mls Bangor, on the Crewe-Bangor/Holyhead route.
Bus 200m/220yards Caernarfon Penllyn, route No 5/5A/5B, Bangor-Caernarfon.
Bike NCN Route No.8 On route.
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.