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“One of the best of Edward's Welsh castles”
Review of Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle
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Ranked #4 of 42 things to do in Caernarfon
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Owner description: After all these years Caernarfon’s immense strength remains undimmed. 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.
Reviewed October 22, 2013

When Edward I conquered the Welsh in the late 13th century and brought them under England's wing, he built 17 castles throughout Wales to help "keep the peace" and assimilate the English into Wales. Caernarfon, his intended seat of government, is perhaps the most important and well-preserved of them all. (Some are, in fact, only ruins now.) It is also the place where his son, who later became Edward II, was born and invested as the first English Prince of Wales. There's a great story about Edward beginning the long tradition of making the heir apparent to the English throne the Prince of Wales. Be sure to look into it in the excellent exhibit on the Prince of Wales. There is also a sentimental video of Prince Charles' investiture at Caernarfon Castle in 1969 - a little bit of recent history.

Besides the excellent exhibits on the Prince of Wales and the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, it is just plain fun to roam around this castle - along the top of the wall and in the space inside the thick interior walls. Lots of nooks and crannies to explore and a beautiful outdoor space to sit and reflect on all that history.

1  Thank Cynthia R
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Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

A lovely castle in a quaint town. The castle only has the outside walls remaining and a few towers with very steep steps. We paid an extra £3 each for guided tour.

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Reviewed October 18, 2013

This is a huge and very impressive castle. We spent over 2 hours here and could easily have stayed longer just on the castle - and we didn't visit the Regimental Museum which is included in the ticket price (£6). And we didn't pay extra for a guided tour or guidebook.

There are so many passageways and staircases to explore! Lots of different views of the Straits and town and rest of the castle. There is a 23 minute video presentation in one of the towers, plus two exhibitions with further information about the varied and facinating history. A well stocked gift shop too.

1  Thank Elizabeth L
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

I thought the best views of the castle were across the river with the boats and water in the foreground and not inside. But, it is worth a visit. You can climb the walls and get a nice view of the city and surrounding area. There is an excellent museum inside.

1  Thank SolarT
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

This is one of the most beautiful castles in Wales. Allow at least 2-3 hours for your visit. There are exhibits and videos, in addition to the walking tour, climbing the turrets, etc.

Thank honeybee1951
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