Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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. The displayed opening times are our general pattern. Please check the Cadw website for specific times and days, including closures.
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  • Jane M
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful, interesting and well maintained Castle
    I spent around 5 hours wandering around the castle and museum recently and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. There are a lot of steep narrow steps to climb if you want to experience the towers, so bear that in mind, but it was well worth it, if a little bit hair-raising at times! There are some renovations ongoing so part of the castle has been cordoned off but there is still plenty to see with views from the towers and the museum pieces which explain the history of the castle, and also the Royal Fuselier's museum, which was incredibly detailed, and full of information and exhibits. Lovely small cafe which I thought was very reasonably priced, good range of food and drinks and very friendly staff. There was no audio guide when I visited but I was given a printed guide book which would normally have cost £5 and there are a couple of spots within the castle where you can watch a film which narrates and shows you footage and artist impressions of the history of how Caernarfon was built and the various sieges it withstood. Actual news footage of the investiture of both (now) King Charles and King Edward VIII who went onto abdicate. Really fascinating stuff. Your day ticket enables you to literally spend all day if you wish and you can come in and out of the castle at any point with your ticket during that day. Really enjoyable time, thoroughly recommend.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 2 March 2023
  • amy_jen
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the entry fee, very kind Café staff
    We went to the castle on the 13th March 2023, and had a lovely time wandering round the castle. Well worth the entry fee for the fact that you can walk in the castle walls and explore the rooms. Special thanks to the lovely worker at the Café inside the castle (didn’t catch his name) who was closing the café and gave us some amazing recommendations for places to visit during the rest of our stay. He was really friendly and kind so thank you!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 March 2023
  • GlobetrottingViking
    Thatcham, United Kingdom2,735 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unmissable
    We had visited the town of Caernarfon on a previous visit, but too late to visit the castle. So on this visit we paid the reasonable entrance fee and spent a good hour wandering around this historic and wonderful castle, climbing hundreds of stairs, admiring the views and taking in the atmosphere. A nice touch was that included in the entrance fee was a guidebook, which in most other similar places costs extra. (Perhaps as a 2002 edition it was too old to be sold). The military museum inside was instructive, but as always, there is more information than one can reasonably remember, but that does not distract from the richness. One can always come back. Anyway, who can forget that the Royal Welch Fusiliers has a goat mascot?
    Visited March 2023
    Written 18 March 2023
  • Hayzwhite87
    Bicester, United Kingdom47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular
    What a fantastic place. Loads of history and interesting stories of previous habitants. Amazing views from lots of towers. Happened to arrive on the day of celebration for King Charles making it all the more spectacular
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 March 2023
  • Nicksswilson
    United Kingdom389 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Castles and UK history in the flesh
    Living history. The castle ghastly been restored to different stages of use. You can visit current standard accommodation. And also see the bare bones of how the castle is structured. Very well presented and informative education on its history.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 March 2023
  • Theresa T
    Wotton-under-Edge, United Kingdom146 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Turrets galore!
    Great fun climbing up and down the turrets even on a wet and windy day! Well worth a visit. Great views across towards Anglesey. Cafe didn't do a hot lunch, so we had a fantastic lunch in the Bell Tower cafe, just round the corner. Good value castle.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 April 2023
  • Laura W
    Wrexham, United Kingdom53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful to explore
    Visited Caernarfon Castle on my birthday and really enjoyed exploring the castle. It's lovely to be able to walk around most of it and extremely interesting reading all the history as well. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and would recommend to all. It was a very tiring day, as going up and down all the steps was abit of a workout, but we didn't want to miss anything! 10/10
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 April 2023
  • Richard James
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit for every one
    Spent a few hours at the castle. They have spent a fortune making the castle accessible for disable people. I can not praise it enough, it is brilliant. Glass lift takes up to a viewing platform. and rest room facilities are the best I have seen. There’s two coffee shops one in the tower and one in the grounds. The staff were very helpful and polite.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 May 2023
  • Jenifer T
    62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Steeped in history
    Plenty of reasonably priced car parking within a couple of minutes walk. Very friendly staff at ticket office who spoke both English and Welsh. So nice to hear the national language. So much history to take in but we found the audio guides very useful. Fantastic views from the castle walls but sturdy shoes are a must as some of the stone staircases are uneven. There is a lift available but unfortunately it wasn't working the day we visited
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 May 2023
  • Bobby C
    39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WoW WoW WoW !!!
    two elevators/ Lifts. A couple coffee shops. Massive castle. You could golf a 9 hole in their no problem. It was one of the best of 10 castles we visited. A must see as it is so intact and preserved. It's in the best condition of them all in Wales ! Staff in ALL Welsh Castles are extremely friendly. Was a grand time for our family of 4. It was a drizzly day and there where about 10 people in the whole place. That was great for taking pictures. Date was May 8th. Many little shops near by. Good variety of food places as well.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 21 May 2023
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Amanda T
Lostock34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Visited with 2 grandchildren aged 7 and 11. Paid £30 for family ticket. Our dog was allowed in too. Really enjoyed our visit. The children loved exploring all the little passage ways and steps up and down the towers. 2 brilliant staff in the museum (thank you guys) who engaged with our history loving 11 year old grandson and gave him little treats. Well worth visiting.
Written 28 February 2024
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Kritsana P
Rayong, Thailand906 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
This is 800 years old castle in North Wales.
The castle is quite perfect. It's not too big, 1-2 hr is enough for tour the whole castle.
There is exhibition about Prince Chales coronation to be Duke of Wales in 50 + years ago.

Entrance fee is about 12 GBP.
Written 27 February 2024
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Susan K
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had a lovely visit at the Castle today which was made even more special by Volunteer Benny in the museum who was so friendly, informative and very amusing 😃 Well done to Benny keep it going 😃
Written 11 February 2024
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Lobsterlover99
Lincolnshire, UK1,315 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
It’s certainly an impressive castle and it was reasonably priced to get in. The climb up the turrets onto the high wall was a bit precarious but thankfully there were very few people visiting so didn’t have to negotiate with people coming up and down. The shop is a bit uninspiring and we were very disappointed that the museum are was closed on our visit, something we were not told when we paid to enter. Other than a short film there’s not much else to see
Written 10 February 2024
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Marta
London, UK174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We loved it. The castle is beautiful and it’s fascinating to discover all nooks and crannies. There is a cute little cafe with great coffee and ice cream as well
Written 10 February 2024
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Cudds
Holyhead, UK6,065 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Such a iconic welsh 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 castle 🏰with lots of photos opportunities, we would of loved to go inside the castle but it’s a bit pricey to get in.
Written 28 January 2024
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jacobkings
Maidstone, UK225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The entry fee is very reasonable. There is lots to see here. We spent over 2 hours here as there is so much to see and do.
The steps at every point in the castle are very steep and lots of them so you definitely need to be an able Walker, as we were out of breath and we were all under 25!
The views from the top of the castle were amazing, from every single side of the castle! The corridors in some parts of the castle are very dark and slippery so you have to be very careful!
There are also a few museum parts to the castle which are very informative too!
Would visit again!
Written 26 December 2023
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northbaychris
North Bay, Canada111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We went on a Princess cruise excursion and enjoyed it immensely. It was the most magnificent castle I had seen. It beat the Blarney castle by a wide margin. Very impressive and a lot to see. Took lots of pictures and the history was fascinating. The guide was extremely knowledgeable but went on a little too much for my liking but still give him a thumbs up for his passion for the castle. I would have liked more time to explore on our own. We were there about two hours and would have enjoyed a good 3 hours or more there if I had my choice. The town of Holyhead has an interesting sea wall but the town itself is a small fishing village with not much to offer so if you are on a cruise there, make sure you go to Caernarfon Castle, you wont regret it.
Written 4 December 2023
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N D
Lincolnshire, UK1,240 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Caernarfon Castle is impressive for its sheer size alone. There are lots of steps, empty rooms and corridors to explore.
It wasn’t cheap at £25 per couple so we were disappointed that there was so little information available. We saw a lot of ‘headphone’ signs but few information boards to accompany them.
When I asked at reception, headphones were a further £3 per person. Ergo, £25 to enter the castle or £31 to enter and learn about its history.
Written 30 October 2023
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HungryBird
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
An amazing castle, lots of opportunities to read and learn about the fascinating history. The children loved the dress up and Benny and Keith were just so lovely with them. Fantastic place.. highly recommend a visit
Written 26 October 2023
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