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Caernarfon Castle

Mighty Caernarfon is possibly the most famous of Wales's castles. Its sheer scale and commanding presence easily set it apart from the rest, and to this day, still trumpet in no uncertain terms the intention of its builder Edward I.

Begun in 1283 as the definitive chapter in his conquest of Wales, Caernarfon was constructed not only as a military stronghold but also as a seat of government and royal palace.
 
Entering through the King's Gate, the castle's strength is immediately apparent, with embrasures and murder holes between the octagonal towers facing in on no fewer than five gates and six portcullises.
 
The tallest of the towers is King's Tower, whose three slender turrets are adorned with eagle sculptures and give the best views of the town.
 
To the south, the Queen's Tower is taken up by the Museum of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, while the Northeast Tower houses the Prince of Wales Exhibition.  
 
Caernarfon Castle Address:
Castle Ditch
Caernarfon
LL55 2AY
Gwynedd
Wales, UK

Caernarfon Castle Opening Times:
1st April to 31st May, 9.30am - 5.00pm daily
1st June to 30th September, 9.30am - 6.00pm daily
1st - 31st October, 9.30 am - 5.00pm daily
1st November to 31st March, 9.30am - 4.00pm Monday to Saturday, 11.00am - 4.00pm Sunday
Closed 24th to 26th December and 1st January
Last admission half an hour before closing

Caernarfon Castle Admission:
Adults £4.90
Reduced rate £4.50.
Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children under 16 years)£15.00
Three or seven day explorer passes are available to give you free admission to the historic sites in the care of Cadw.

T  +44 (0)1286 677617

W  Caenarfon Castle 
 

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