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Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales

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.

Caernarfon CastleThe castle's majestic persona is no architectural accident: it was designed to echo the walls of Constantinople, the imperial power of Rome and the dream castle, 'the fairest that ever man saw', of Welsh myth and legend. After all these years Caernarfon's immense strength remains unchanged.

Standing at the mouth of the Seiont river, the fortress (with its unique polygonal towers, intimidating battlements and colour banded masonry) dominates the walled town also founded by Edward I. Caernarfon's symbolic status was emphasized when Edward made sure that his son, the first English Prince of Wales, was born here in 1284. In 1969, the castle gained worldwide fame as the setting for the Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales.

History comes alive at Caernarfon in so many ways - along the lofty wall walks, beneath the twin-towered gatehouse and within imaginative exhibitions located within the towers. The castle also houses the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, Wales's oldest regiment.

Caernarfon's position of pre-eminence in historic rankings is recognized in its status as a World Heritage inscribed site.


Opening Hours 2014 - 2015

Last admission half an hour before closing.

1st March to 30th June - 09.30 - 17.00 daily

1st July - 31st  August - 09.30 - 18.00 daily

1st September - 31st October - 09.30 - 17.00 daily

1st November to 28th February 10.00 - 16.00  Monday to Saturday - 11.00 - 16.00 Sunday

Closed:- 24th, 25th, 26th December, 1st January

 

Contact and Admission Information

Telephone:- +44 1286 677617

Admission Charge:-
Adults £6.75, Reduced rate £5.10.

Family Ticket:- £20.25- admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16 years.

Three or seven day explorer passes are available to give you free admission to the historic sites in the care of Cadw.


 
For a complete list of over 120 properties in the care of Cadw visit:-

http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/

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