The Old Town
Exploring the old town (Yr Hen Dref) will take you unknowingly within the castle walls - this was where people who worked in the castle lived in the 1300's. Today this narrow lane between the walls with its colourfuk buildings makes a good spot for a photo and there are plenty of interesting eateries too - including a great looking vegetarian one.
A very impressive Castle!
Caernarfon is the most famous and, perhaps, most impressive Castle in all Wales - which is just as its builder, King Edward I, intended. Raised on a site already rich in history and legend, its every aspect was designed to trumpet his pride in the conquest of Wales and his claims to imperial power! To emphasise the status of Caernarfon as his Welsh capital and royal palace, Edward contrived the birth here, in 1284, of the son who would become the first English Prince of Wales.
The entry includes entry to Regimental Museum and Exhibitions.
It is worth exploring Caernarfon picturesque streets before or after visiting the castle.
Caernarfon town is located on the Menai Straits close to Snowdonia National Park makes it an ideal base for touring Gwynedd, Snowdonia, and Anglesey in North Wales.
The Segontium Roman Fort ruins (free entry) are a reminder of the Romans, who occupied the city for three hundreds years.
Caernarfon Castle - Courtyard
In the castle you can still see the stage, of grey slate, in the courtyard where the present Prince of Wales was invested in 1969. There is a museum in the castle which commemoorates this historic day.
The Prince of Welsh Castles
Caernarfon is the most deeply Welsh community in Britain, with more Welsh speakers than anywhere else in the country. Despite this, they are reputedly very loyal to the British monarchy. There's little rebellious spirit here.
But that's more to do with a fondness for the Prince of Wales, than the English. Caernarfon is the Prince's official home, and each new Prince of Wales takes his investituture ceremony here, at the castle.
That doesn't mean rebellious plots don't exist in the depths of North Wales, and at the last investiture, in 1969, for Prince Charles, two members of the Welsh Defence Movement were killed when their bomb, intended for the Royal Train, detonated prematurely.
The Castle is Caernarfon's main draw, and it is a fantastic example of its kind. But the location of the town, on the edge of the Menai Straits as it exits into the Irish Sea, is also stunning, and arguably more beautiful than the castle.