Caernarfon Castle

World Heritage Site en Accredited Attraction - Wales
  • Caernarfon Castle

    Caernarfon Castle

  • Caernarfon Castle

    Caernarfon Castle

  • Caernarfon Castle

    Caernarfon Castle

  • Caernarfon Castle

    Caernarfon Castle

  • Caernarfon Castle

    Caernarfon Castle

  • Caernarfon Castle

    Caernarfon Castle

  • Caernarfon Castle

    Caernarfon Castle

  • Caernarfon Castle

    Caernarfon Castle

  • Caernarfon Castle

    Caernarfon Castle

  • Caernarfon Castle

    Caernarfon Castle

  • Caernarfon Castle

    Caernarfon Castle

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After all these years Caernarfon’s immense strength remains undimmed.

Access Information for Visitors

The castle will be open, but with limited access on:
Monday 12, Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 November 2018
Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 November

The castle will be closed on:
Friday 16, Saturday 17, Sunday 18, Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 November 2018

A brute of a fortress. Caernarfon Castle’s pumped-up appearance is unashamedly muscle-bound and intimidating. Picking a fight with this massive structure would have been a daunting prospect. By throwing his weight around in stone, King Edward I created what is surely one of the most impressive of Wales’s castles. Worthy of World Heritage status no less.

Most castles are happy with round towers, not Caernarfon! Polygonal towers were the order of the day, with the Eagle Tower being the most impressive of these. You will also note the colour-coded stones carefully arranged in bands.

The site of this great castle wasn’t chosen by accident. It had previously been the location of a Norman motte and bailey castle and before that a Roman fort stood nearby. The lure of water and easy access to the sea made the banks of the River Seiont an ideal spot for Edward’s monster in masonry.

Edward wasn’t one to miss an opportunity to tighten his grip even further on the native population. The birth of his son, the first English Prince of Wales, in the castle in 1284, was a perfect device to stamp his supremacy. In 1969, the investiture of the current Prince of Wales, HRH Prince Charles took place here. 

Whilst you're visiting this formidable fortress, don't miss the opportunity to see the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum, which is housed in two of the castle’s towers.

Along with Harlech Castle, Conwy Castle and Beaumaris Castle, this monument has been part of the Castles and Town Walls of Edward 1 World Heritage Site since 1986.

Opening times

Dates
16 November - 20 November 2018

Times

Closed 

For yearly opening times please click 'View all visitor information'

Admission costs

Adult - £9.50
Family - £27.50*
Member - Am ddim/Free
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free

Student and children under 16 - £5.70

Senior Citizen - £7.60

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16

All children under 5 receive free entry.

Prices valid until March 2019

Facilities and information

Exhibition Gift shop No smoking Charging car park Portable induction loop Toilets Video presentation

  • 01286 677617
  • CaernarfonCastle@gov.wales
  • Assistance dogs only
  • No smoking
  • Free street parking is available for up to 6 cars at the front of the castle. Long stay public car park is available at the waterfront at the rear of the castle.
  • Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.
  • This site is registered on the No Fly Drone website  http://www.noflydrones.co.uk
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    Directions

    Postcode LL55 2AY

    Car Road A4085, A487(T), B4366.

    Rail Rail 16km/10mls Bangor, on the Crewe-Bangor/Holyhead route.

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    For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.