Caernarfon Castle

Castle Ditch, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 2AY
Castle Ditch Caernarfon Wales LL55 2AY GB
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After all these years Caernarfon’s immense strength remains undimmed. Most castles are happy with round towers, not Caernarfon! Polygonal towers were the order of the day, with the Eagle Tower being the most impressive of these. You will also note the colour-coded stones carefully arranged in bands.

The site of this great castle wasn’t chosen by accident. It had previously been the location of a Norman motte and bailey castle and before that a Roman fort stood nearby. The lure of water and easy access to the sea made the banks of the River Seiont an ideal spot for Edward’s monster in masonry.

A brute of a fortress. Caernarfon Castle’s pumped-up appearance is unashamedly muscle-bound and intimidating. Picking a fight with this massive structure would have been a daunting prospect. By throwing his weight around in stone, King Edward I created what is surely one of the most impressive of Wales’s castles. Worthy of World Heritage status no less.

Edward wasn’t one to miss an opportunity to tighten his grip even further on the native population. The birth of his son, the first English Prince of Wales, in the castle in 1284, was a perfect device to stamp his supremacy. In 1969, the investiture of the current Prince of Wales, HRH Prince Charles took place here.

Whilst you’re visiting this formidable fortress, don’t miss the opportunity to see the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum, which is housed in two of the castle’s towers.

Opening Times:
09:30 – 5:00pm – Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Closed 24,25,26 and 1st January

Adult – £6.75
Family – £20.25
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 – £5.10
Disabled and companion – Am ddim/Free

Photo Credits: Copy; Crown copyright (2015) Cadw”

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