From Monday 20 September it will not be possible to book general admission tickets online for Cadw staffed sites with all ticket allocations available onsite only on the day of your visit.*
Furthermore, we will be operating a series of rolling site closures while we upgrade our systems in order to improve the visitor experience. Each of our sites will be closed in succession for between one and three days during this period.
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To visit this monument:
- check our opening times, prices and facilities below
- purchase your admission tickets on arrival
- bring your face covering, to be worn in all indoor areas.
(*online tickets for Castell Coch will remain available due to the size and layout of the site)
Please note: Due to ongoing conservation works at Caernarfon Castle, it’s not possible to enter the King’s Gate, to compensate for this visitors will be offered a free guidebook (1 per party).
Entry to the castle will be through the Eagle Tower — on the quay side opposite the Aber Swing Bridge.
Disabled access will be limited as entry will be through the Eagle Tower up approx. 50 steps, please contact our team for more information and to pre-arrange access on 01286 677617.
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.
It takes some skill to lift a huge piece of steel over the immense walls of Caernarfon Castle!
This steelwork will support a floor in the upper levels of the King’s Gate tower, bringing features such as beautiful arched windows into view at eye level for the first time in centuries.
Saturday–Wednesday 10am–5pm - Closed 1pm–2pm
Closed Thursday and Friday
Closed Thursday and Friday
Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January
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.
During the current conservation works there will be limited disabled access as entry will be through the Eagle Tower up approx. 50 steps.
Please contact our team to pre-arrange entry on 01286 677617.
On-site exhibition within monument.
Gift shop at this site offering a range of products and guidebooks.
Due to ongoing conservation works at Caernarfon Castle, it’s not possible to enter the King’s Gate, to compensate for this visitors will be offered a free guidebook.
The Royal Welsh Fusiliers Museum is located within the castle with free entry included in your castle admission ticket.
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.
Visitor toilets are available at this site.
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.
Postcode LL55 2AY
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.
Telephone 03000 252239
Castle Ditch, Caernarfon LL55 2AY
For contractors, educational visits and deliveries please ring 01286 677617