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Caernarfon (Carnarvon in English) is certainly the most famous of the Many Castles of Wales; Begun in 1283 on the site of what was first a Roman fort and then a Norman motte and bailey castle built by 'Hugh of Avranches' sometime around 1090. The original motte was incorporated into the Edwardian castle, but was sadly destroyed around 1870.
King Edward I built Caernarfon castle to mark a pinnacle in his conquest of Wales, The castle was designed as a military stronghold, royal palace and as the seat of government.
The sheer scale and majestic controlling presence easily setting apart from apart from the rest and even to this day retains in no uncertain terms the intention of its builder King Edward I.
The castle was designed built to echo the walls of Constantinople, the imperial power of Rome and Edwards ultimate dream castle, and certainly even after all these years Caernarfon's immense strength and imposing power remains.

The castle stands at the mouth of the Seiont River and with its highly unique polygonal towers and Great intimidating battlements dominates the old walled town of Caernarfon which also founded by Edward I to house the builders and then castle employees.
Edward certainly made sure of the symbolic status of Caernarfon by making sure that his son, the first English Prince of Wales, was born there in 1284.
In 1969 the Caernarfon gained worldwide fame by hosting the Investiture of Prince Charles as The Prince of Wales.

The castle houses the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welch Fusiliers which is Wales's oldest regiment.
Many special events are held throughout the year.

Adults 5.10, Reduced rate 4.70
A Family Ticket is available at 15.00 for 2 adults and up to 3 children (under 16 years.)

The Castle is Open:
1st April to 31st October - 09.00 - 17.00 daily
1st November to 31st March - 09.30 - 16.00 Monday to Saturday, 11.00 - 16.00 Sunday

It is closed:- 24th, 25th, 26th December and 1st January.

Address: Caernarfon, LL55 2AY
Directions: You can't miss it, It's the big thing!!
Phone: 1286 677617

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 4, 2011
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