Explore Wales’ most stunning medieval castle in this charming coastal market town
The Royal town of Caernarfon - the current Prince of Wales, Charles, received his investiture here in 1969 - in North West Wales proudly wears its welsh pride, history and tradition on its sleeve.
A fortified town in Roman times due to its strategic position on
the coast of the Menai Strait where the mouth of the River Seiont
forms a natural harbour, Caernarfon directly faces the island of
Whilst the remains of Caernarfon's elevated Roman fortress can still be visited today, it is the town's magnificent thirteenth-century castle that is truly unmissable. Upon the orders of King Edward I following England's conquest of Wales, Caernarfon Castle and the town's enclosing walls were built to protect what was now the administrative centre of North Wales.
Today Caernarfon Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best surviving examples of medieval defensive architecture in Europe. But whilst Caernarfon is rich in fine architecture from various eras, the town has many more attractions to offer. On the waterfront, Galeri Caernarfon is a combined entertainment centre, theatre and art gallery with a bar café that overlooks Caernarfon's handsome marina. The adjacent Doc Fictoria development offers fashionable bars, cafes and shops as well the town's maritime museum. Other excellent museums include Caernarfon Airworld, the Segontium Roman Museum and the Royal Welch Fusiliers Regimental Museum.