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Caernarfon Town Information




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Caernarfon is a busy market town, inhabited without a break since pre-Roman times and famed for its castle, one of the best preserved in the world. Caernarvon Castle was built by order of Edward I in 1283, not only as a military stronghold but also as a seat of government and royal palace.

It was the birth place of the first Prince of Wales and centuries later the castle was also the setting for the investiture of Prince Charles as the present Prince of Wales, in 1969. Most of the buildings in the walled town date back to the early 19th century when Caernarfon became a major port, and its slate industry grew.

Caernarvon Castle - © Wales Tourist Board
Caernarvon Castle - © Wales Tourist Board


Today, the castle houses the Museum of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Wales' oldest regiment, and there are a number of exhibitions housed within its towers. You can also take a walk around the well preserved town walls.

Aside from the castle there is also a Roman fort, the Welsh Highland Railway, a floating restaurant, the Performing Arts Centre, craft shops, restaurants, the area's largest "Fun Centre", a golf course and indoor swimming pool and sports facilities at the Leisure centre. Whatever your interests, you'll be able to find something to do, even if the British weather lets you down.