Caernarfon Travel Guide

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    by Herwig1961
  • Caernarfon
    by Herwig1961
  • Caernarfon
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Caernarfon Things to Do

  • Sea Front Promenade

    Caernarfon doesn't really have a sea front, but the walk in the front of the castle, along the briny waters of the Menai Strait just about counts. The walk from the Swing Bridge to Victoria Docks is pleasant, and should be enjoyed for the views across the strait to Anglesey alone.

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  • Caernarfon Castle

    Caernarfon sits at the head of the Menai Straits, across the water from the Druidic heartland of Celtic Wales: Anglesey. It's a strategically important location. The Romans knew this, and built a fort here. The English built a motte and bailey castle here in the 11th century. But when King Edward decided to build a castle here, he opted for fantasy...

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  • Caernarfon Castle

    In 1283 King Edward I created what is surely one of the best known and most impressive of Wales’s castles, it was constructed not only as a military stronghold but also as a seat of government and royal palace. The location had previously been the location of a Norman motte and bailey castle and before that a Roman fort stood nearby. The closeness...

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  • Medieval Castle

    Good in shape castle,I loved the stunning views.Investiture of the Prince of Wales was done here in 1969.

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  • Learn Welsh

    The Welsh language, Cymraeg, is spoken by almost 90% of the population in Caernarfon and is the majority language in the whole of Gwynedd. Quite close to Caernarfon is the deserted village of Nant Gwrtheyrn that has been turned into a major Welsh language centre. It organises courses from everyone, total beginners to near fluent speakers. It is set...

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  • River Seiont

    As the River Seiont enters the Menai Strait at Caernarfon, it forms a natural harbor. The local sailors make good use of this, and the bobbing boats make a wonderful foreground for the castle, and the calm river waters make an excellent canvas for the castle's reflection. Take a walk across the swing bridge and wander down the banks taking in the...

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  • Swing Bridge

    The Swing Bridge is the only bridge in the town that crosses the River Seiont. You'll want to cross it just for the views - the opposite side of the river offers the best views of the castle you'll find anywhere in the town. But the bridge itself is interesting - swing bridges aren't common. And the slow pace of the town makes watching the bridge...

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  • Y Maes

    The Maes is Caernarfon's main town square. It's broad, wide and popular, and sits in the castle's shadow, circumferenced by colourful cottages, pleasant cafes, and a church.

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  • Lon Las Menai

    Lon Las Menai is a fabulous walking/cycling path which runs for 4 and a half miles from Caernarfon to the village of Felinheli. Adjacent to the crystal blue waters of the Menai Straits, it really does look like a great place for watching wildlife whilst getting some exercise too.The Caernarfon end of Lon Las Menai starts from the Public car park...

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Caernarfon Restaurants

  • Lloyd George knew my father - possibly !

    This Welsh language can't be that difficult. Even I can guess that 'Caffi' should be 'Cafe' (in French) which translates as 'Caff' to a Londoner. Come on invent your own words !This cafe on the main square serves a very reasonable breakfast , and if it's not bucketing with rain (about 2 days a year) then the cafe affords a very pleasant view of the...

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  • Taste A Piece Of Wales

    Bwyty Ogof Y Ddraig is nestled within the town walls of historic Caernarfon. It is Welsh themed and has Celtic decor throughout. The ground floor is deep red in colour, has flame and coloured lighting and has a very busy atmosphere. Whereas the first floor is a green colour, the lights are dimmed down low and the sound of running water can be heard...

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  • Sadly dissapointing

    Ever since my first visit to the Black Boy Inn in Easter 2009 i have wanted to call in again and try some of their great looking food so for my 40th Birthday while on a trip around various places in North Wales I had decided that I would like to spend my Actual birthday in Caernarfonon (Sunday April 11th 2010). and so Chose the Black Boy Inn for...

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  • Great food-vs-Terrible Service

    We visited the Black Boy Inn to Celebrate Gareth's (Balam) 40th Birthday. Whilst I could not fault the food here - it was delicious. Sadly the service and waiting times really let the place down. Our visit was in April so not during the height of the tourist season although saying hat, the reastaurant was very busy. It really did seem the two girls...

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  • Very Smart

    The Castell used to be a bit of a scruffy drinking mans pub, last year we called in for a drink but i did not do a tip about it, i don't really know why i suppose i just never got round to it. we called in for a drink this year (2010) and i was really suprised at it's remarkable transformation from a Drinkers pub to a very smart Bar Restaurant. We...

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  • Ding Dong !!

    It was cold and windy...So guess what???James and I had 2 mugs of steaming Hot Chocolate !!!!Well worth £3.00They certainly did the trick. Hot Chocolate drinks.

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Caernarfon Nightlife

  • Lovely outside seating area

    This is a lovely gastro-pub situated in the Victoria Dock area of Caernarfon. We called in for a drink or two on a lovely sunny day in April and sat by one of the tables outside overlooking the harbour area. I can't think of a better way to spend a sunny afternoon myself.

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  • A great place to sit outside on a sunny...

    The Anglesey is a great pub situated alongside Caernarfon Town Walls, overlooking the Menai Straits and the Isle of Anglesey. We visited here for a drink or two on Gareth's Birthday. It was a beautiful evening which allowed us to sit outside on the wall while the sun glistened on the Menai Straits..... aaaah bliss!

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Caernarfon Transportation

  • Coach from Caernarfon to Chester

    There is one National Express coach leaving Caernarfon for Chester (and Manchester) daily. It leaves 8:35 in the morning which suited me well as that would give me the afternoon to explore Chester. I bought the ticket on Internet one week ahead and it was £18.40 (March 2012). As the local buses in Caernarfon, the National Express coach leaves from...

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  • To Caernarfon from Manchester

    National Express have a coach from Manchester to Caernarfon, but it doesn't leave until 14:50 in the afternoon, which was too late for me.Another option is to take a train to Bangor, and there change to a bus. When I, one week in advance, searched for morning trains from any station in Manchester to Bangor the option that came up was from Picadilly...

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  • Bus from Caernarfon around northern...

    From the tourist office I got the timetable for the local buses leaving Caernarfon, which was good to have as I was making daytrips to other places in northern Wales. Buses in Caernarfon all leave from Penllyn in the town centre. To Llanberies:Buses to Llanberies leave Caernarfon about every half an hour during Monday - Saturday, and less frequent...

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Caernarfon Shopping

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    by Balam Updated Apr 14, 2009

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    This nice shop faces The Kings Gate of Caernarfon Castle and is a good place to browse for Souveniers, clothes, books arts and crafts. It is one of the only places i saw in Cearnarfon that sells the Cast Iron griddles for cooking Welsh cakes on.
    There are Many Pictures and lots of traditional Art and crafts
    As well as some nice books about the town It has the usual collection of Love Spoons, Key Rings and of course paper type items made from Sheep Poo

    GRAY - THOMAS, Caernarfon
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Caernarfon Local Customs

  • Don't understand a world, old boy.

    It would be fair to say that the average Welshman may have bit of a chip on this shoulder, and indeed in a bag between his knees after a night on the tiles. This comes from being a subject nation of the English. English prejudice is usually very mild, referring to the Welsh as "Taffies" and never on any account "nastly little trolls". The Welsh do...

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  • Cymru

    Wales is physically separated from England by the Cambrian Mountains.Nearly every Welsh town or city has a standing castle, a proof of its turbulent past with its neighbours. It was not until 1535 went Wales became part of Great Britain.About a fifth of the population still speak Welsh language and it is dominant in north Wales.The rugged terrain...

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Caernarfon Warnings and Dangers

  • Mind the sandbanks....

    If you are going to zip around in your speed boat be sure to check the times of the tides as there are quite a few sandbanks in the Menai Straits. We saw these poor fellows get stuck about lunchtime and then saw them again rescuing their boat about 7pm after the tide had risen a bit.

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  • Watch the Sand Banks

    If you take a boat out from Caearnarfon be carefull as when the tide goes out some parts of the Menai Straits are very shallow and your boat colud well get stuck like the one in the picture. It was stuck there for about 6 hours before the water raised enough for them to be able to free it. Certainly not the day they had planned.

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Caernarfon Tourist Traps

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    by microsensazione Written Apr 19, 2008

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    It's not a great trap but it made me annoyed. I had only a piece of 2 Pounds in coin and I introduced it into car short stay ticket machine. I thought for a two hours and 20 minutes ticket after reading "No change given" and what notice board reported, instead...
    ...2 Pounds expensed and ticket up to 2 hours: congratulations!

    Unique Suggestions: Find free car parks. I did not search them because I had not a lot of free time. But I think you can find some far from the castle.

    Fun Alternatives: Don't travel with few pieces of Pounds!

    Car short stay ticket machine
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Caernarfon Favorites

  • Railway Restoration

    After much uncertainty over the years, the Ffestiniog Railway has been given the job of resurrecting the 40 kms. long Welsh Highland Railway, which was a short-lived railway of the 1920/30's, but which actually involved the linking-together of two earlier railways - the Croesor Tramway (from Porthmadog) and the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railways...

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  • Take a walk around the walled Old-Town

    Caernarfon has a very small walled old-town located next to the castle which is worth a wander. The streets are lined with lovely Georgian buildings.Make sure you take a stroll down the pretty, cobbled Hole in the Wall Street, which is a colourful street that runs along the old-town wall. There are several places to eat along here.Also you can...

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  • Palace Street

    Palace street is the main road within the town walls. Here you can browse the antique shops and the indoor markets, art galleries and enjoy a drink at one of the many cafes.Watch out for the conbbles though - not suitable for high heels!

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