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Overview

Royal fortress-palace built on legends and bitter medieval conflict

Caernarfon Castle is recognised around the world as one of the greatest buildings of the Middle Ages.

This fortress-palace on the banks of the River Seiont is grouped with Edward I’s other castles at Conwy, Beaumaris and Harlech as a World Heritage Site. But for sheer scale and architectural drama Caernarfon stands alone.

Here Edward and his military architect Master James of St George erected a castle, town walls and a quay all at the same time. This gigantic building project eventually took 47 years and cost a staggering £25,000.

The castle was born out of bitter war with Welsh princes. So of course its immense curtain walls and daunting King’s Gate were designed to withstand assault. But the polygonal towers, eagle statues and multi-coloured masonry sent a more subtle message.

These echoed imperial Roman architecture, especially the walls of Constantinople. They also recalled the Welsh myth of Macsen Wledig, who dreamed of a great fort at the mouth of a river – ‘the fairest that man ever saw’.

So Caernarfon is a castle of dreams. A legend brought to life. Even after 700 years it still stirs the imagination like no other Welsh castle.

Read more about Caernarfon Castle here

 


Opening times

9.30am – 5pm daily

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

9.30am – 6pm daily

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

9.30am – 5pm daily

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

10am – 4pm Monday - Saturday

11am – 4pm Sunday

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January


Prices

Category Price
Member - Join now
Free
Adult
£9.90
Family*
£28.90
Disabled and companion
Free
Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans
£6.00
Seniors (Aged 65+)
£8.00

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children 

All children under 5 receive free entry

Book admission before your visit via our online shop


Facilities

Assistance dogs only icon Charging car park icon Digital trail icon Disabled access icon Exhibition icon Gift shop icon Guidebook icon Museum icon No drones icon No smoking icon Portable hearing icon School visits icon Toilets icon Video presentation icon Venue hire icon Wi-Fi icon

Assistance dogs only at this site.

There are many car parks in and around Caernarfon town, including a long stay public car park at the waterfront, adjacent to the castle.

Digital trails available on the Cadw app.

A purpose built access ramp enables access from kerb-side at street level to main entrance. Wheelchair accessibility throughout lower level.

On-site exhibition within monument.

Gift shop at this site offering a range of products and guidebooks.

Site guidebook available to purchase online and in selected visitor centres.

The Royal Welsh Fusiliers Museum is located within the castle. Free entry is included in castle admission.

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.

Smoking is not permitted.

A portable induction loop is available.

To book your free self-led education visit to this site, follow these simple steps in our self-led education visits section.

Discover our free facilitated educational activities.

While you're there, check out our free learning resources to help with your time travel adventure!

Visitor toilets accessible via 2 flights of metal steps; they are inaccessible for wheelchair users.

A video presentation is available at this site.

This site is available to hire for events, filming and exhibitions.

Cadw free public WiFi available at this site.


Directions

Road
A4085, A487(T), B4366.
Rail
16km/10mls Bangor, on the Crewe-Bangor/Holyhead route.
Bus
200m/220yards Caernarfon Penllyn, route No 5/5A/5B, Bangor-Caernarfon.
Bike
NCN Route No.8 On route.

Postcode LL55 2AY

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


Contact us

Telephone 01286 677617

Email
CaernarfonCastle@gov.wales

Address
Due to technical difficulties, our sites do not have computer access. Please ring our sites directly or send any e-mails to cadw@gov.wales

Caernarfon Castle
Castle Ditch, Caernarfon LL55 2AY