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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  • The castle it'self is very well presented and a good way to spend an interesting afternoon. There was also a Welsh military museum which was an added bonus. Don't make the mistake as we did and think ...  more »
  • An amazing castle, with stunning views. Well presented information with interesting video, story about Eleanor in one of the towers and museum of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Suggest allow 2-3 hours if ...  more »
  • It definitely worths a visit, beautifully located on the sea. There is a car park just near the castle from where you can visit the town centre as well. It can be very windy during winter days!  more »
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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.
  • Great place to visit. Good value on entry, gives you a good hour or two of exploring, especially if you have younger ones. Weather was poor when we went but didn't ruin the day, 6 year old loved it.
  • 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.

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