Caernarfon Castle

World Heritage Site en Accredited Attraction - Wales
  • Caernarfon Castle

    Caernarfon Castle

  • Caernarfon Castle

    Caernarfon Castle

  • Caernarfon Castle

    Caernarfon Castle

  • Caernarfon Castle

    Caernarfon Castle

  • Caernarfon Castle

    Caernarfon Castle

  • Caernarfon Castle

    Caernarfon Castle

After all these years Caernarfon’s immense strength remains undimmed.

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. 

Events at Caernarfon Castle

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Current times and prices

Dates
1 March - 30 June 2014

Times
Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

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Facilities and information

Disabled access Exhibition Gift shop No smoking Charging car park Portable induction loop Video presentation
  • Prices valid until 31 March 2015
  • Assistance dogs only
  • No smoking
  • Free street parking is available for up to 6 cars at the front of the castle. Long stay public car park is available at the waterfront at the rear of the castle.

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    Directions

    Postcode LL55 2AY

    Car Road A4085, A487(T), B4366.

    Rail Rail 16km/10mls Bangor, on the Crewe-Bangor/Holyhead route.

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    For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.