In the Queen's Tower (named after King Edward's wife Eleanor) is a lively museum of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, Wales' longest serving infantry regiment. Poets Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon both served in this brigade.
Three storeys high, this tower has a roof turret which is slightly larger than the others in the castle and originally carried a flagstaff.
In the 14th century, it was known as the Banner Tower.
This great twin-towered gatehouse demonstrates the immense strength of medieval fortification. If completed, it would have been defended by a drawbridge, five doors, six portcullises and numerous 'murder holes' and arrowloops.
Spring Opening Times:
1 Apr 06 - 31 May 06: 9.30 - 17.00
Summer Opening Times:
1 Jun 06 - 30 Sep 06: 9.30 - 18.00
Autumn Opening Times:
1 Oct 06 - 31 Oct 06: 9.30 - 17.00
Winter Opening Times:
1 Nov 06 - 31 Mar 07: 9.30 -16.00 (Monday - Saturday, 11.00 - 16.00 Sunday)
Most sites are closed on 24, 25 and 26 Dec and 1 Jan. Full details are available from Cadw Site Operations Unit, tel. 01443 336000. Last admission to all sites is thirty minutes before closing.
Caernarfon Castle is pretty magnificent. It is one of those 'fairytale' style castles, but has unique polygonal towers, and it has a fabulous location by the mouth of the River Seiont.
The castle was built between 1283 and 1330, and was intended to be both a royal palace and a seat of government. It is hugely fortified, and was well set up to ward off the enemy, with its many 'murder holes' and numerous 'arrow slits' within the thick walls.
Inside there are narrow passages that join up the various towers and rooms, surrounded by a inner grassy courtyard. The passage ways are maze like in some places, with dead ends and ups and downs to confuse you, and give you the chance to lose your kids/husband if required!
You can climb up narrow spiral staircases to the tops of the towers, for fabulous views of Caernarfon and the surrounding area. Well worth a visit Caernarfon Castle is fun for all the family.
Segontium is the remains of an auxiliary Roman fort, probably established in the late 70s A.D. and modified through to the late fourth century. It has a nice position overlooking the Menai Strait.
There is also a museum at the entrance to the site.
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 Queens Gate is another great gateway to the castle, which was never quite finished. Its height meant it had to be reached by a great stone ramp. It was the built on the site of an earlier Norman structure.
Caernarfon Castle consists of a series of polgonal towers, linked by battlements, with gates.
The most famous of the towers is the Eagle tower, which you can climb to the top (loads of steps) .The first prince of Wales was born here in 1284
Caernarfon Castle totally dominated this small Welsh town. It was begun in 1283, not only as a strongold, but also as a seat of government and a royal palace. To futher emphasize its importance Edward made sure that his son, the first English Prince of Wales, was born here in 1284.
The castle also gained fame for the investiture of the current Prince of Wales in 1969, a grand affair indeed.
Admission charge £4.75 - Adults
OS map 115: SH 477626
The old market town, which is clearly surrounded by the town walls, it is easily explored on foot.
The impressive medieval fortress and town walls were built as part of the iron ring of castles to secure his English foothold in Wales after the death of the last Prince of Wales.
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.
One of the most imposing buildings in Caernarfon is the classical building of the County Hall.
The County Hall was built the 13th century, however the present building with it's fluted ionic columns dates from the 1860s and is currently used as the County Court.
After visiting the castle, you could go for a stroll along the promenade following the old town walls up to the mouth of the river Seiont.
If you like fishing there are several fishing trips available from the harbour.
If you have time to kill you could visit the Maritime Museum at Victoria Dock.
Caernarfon castle is one of the most impressive castles in Wales.
Its polygonal shaped towers make this castle unique. King’s Tower is the tallest one.
The castle is situated next to the river Seiont and the Aber Bridge dominating the walled town.
The castle was strategically built over an old Roman Fort in Caernafon which is located between North Wales and Anglesey.
Its main function was as a military base but also was used as a seat of government for North Wales.
Of course it is the obvious thing for every tourist in North Wales to visit, but the old castle of Caernarfon is really worth a visit. It dominates the entire town and is surrounded by the sea to the North and some attractive small houses to the South. It is a very big castle with various exhibitions, and not even in high season does it feel too touristy.
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.