Caernarfon Castle in Gwynedd

If you want to see some of Britain’s most fascinating history, then Wales is the place to do it – head down to Caernarfon in North Wales to see this mighty castle that has been recognised around the world as one of the greatest buildings constructed in the middle ages.

What's the best castle in Wales?

If you visit one castle in Wales, this is the one to see - Caernarfon Castle on the fringes of Snowdonia is an amazing 13th century construction and a must-see for any visitor to Gwynedd.

Located on the banks of the River Seiont, this spectacular fortress is built on a foundation of dramatic conflict and legends, taking a whopping 45 years to build! You can start your visit to the castle inside the video room to watch a short film about the castle’s history. Wander through the castles many winding corridors and passages, then head up to the towers for a spectacular view of the town in the shadow of Snowdonia. The castle also hosts the Royal Welsh Fusiliers Museum with a fantastic collection of medieval weaponry. If you’re feeling hungry after your visit, not to worry – the castle sits in the heart of the bustling town with loads of cafes and restaurants to choose from.

  • Opening times differ on season and can be found at:
  • Prices:
    Adult £9.90
    Juniors (5-17) £6.60
    Seniors (65+) £9.40
    Family (2 adults up to 3 children) £32.70
    Under 5 go free.
  • From Cardiff drivers can take north road, then the A470 all the way until the junction with the A487 which will take you to Caernarfon and follow the signs to the castle. Paid car parking is available on site.

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