Caernarfon Castle, Caernarfon

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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  • Hi I went with my mum sister and my niece we all enjoyed everything this castle had to offer like the museum inside was very interesting and going up the castle but u had to be careful of the step ste...  more »
  • On the trip to Wales, we visited several castles. This is where he held the appointment of the Prince of Wales. Even without the pageantry of these celebrations, the view of the castle is impressive, with all its towers and its proximity to the sea.
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  • a magical castle, imposing, surrounded by a walled city to visit. Despite the bad weather was a visit beautiful, the atmosphere is magical. Not to be missed!
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  • Interesting for all ages including children of 8. They have an app to look for dragons that works well and doesn't look your battery too much thought be very careful that the little ones don't stop your phone as there are a LOT of places it could be lost! They have a simple treasure hunt and a cheap cafe. We were happy with the limited facilities as the price was kept realistic. Entry fee was worth it. We would not likely visit again as we saw everything in about 3 hours. I think you can bring your own sandwiches. Staff were very very friendly and helpful. Exemplary! One last thing. There are a lot of stairs. So sturdy shoes are important.
  • Loved taking the kids around the castle. What a lot of fun climbing the stairs and exploring. Wasn't sure whether they would like it as castles can be a bit grown up but my 4 year old loved it. And we kept getting lost! Great views to be had across the town. Not bad value either.
  • Great value for money. A lot of castles are twice the price (Edinburgh I'm looking at you) but for £8 you do get a lot of history and exploration. Information boards well thought out and engaging. Great views and fantastic photo spots too.
  • the staff were friendly and the prices were reasonable. Local parking is available nearby. The castle is stunning and well restored. The exhibits are interesting and well presented. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit.
  • Good parking close to the castle (£5 charge but worth it). Scenic surroundings and interactive things to see in each quadrant. Going up the turrets is small and very steep small steps so be mindful of with children/older people unsure of footing as turrets can be dark. Great place to have a picnic and soak up some history....just watch out for the seagulls!

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