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Caernarfon - a Welsh royal city

The massive castle at Caernarfon was the venue for the investiture of the Prince of Wales in 1969. It was originally built by the English monarch Edward I in the 13th century, partly to watch over the then rebellious Welsh.

  • Caernarfon CastleCaernarfon Castle

Caernarfon is situated on the Menai Strait opposite Anglesey and within sight of Snowdonia to the east, The town dates back to prehistoric times, was occupied by the Romans for 400 years, and has Welsh roots dating back over a thousand years. The area has the highest proportion of Welsh speakers in Wales, and among its former MPs is the famous Liberal leader David Lloyd George.

Nowadays Caernarfon is a major tourist destination, busy port, and market town of narrow streets which has expanded well beyond its original walls. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the Castle at the centre of the medieval town.

Close to Caernarfon are the beaches and countryside of the Isle of Anglesey to the west.and the attractions of the Snowdonia mountains. The narrow-gauge scenic Welsh Highland Railway connects Caernarfon to Porthmadog via Snowdonia.

Holidays in the Caernarfon area

Canal BoatThe Llangollen Canal through rural North Wales is within reach of Caernarfon. See canal holidays on the Llangollen Canal.

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