Caernarfon Castle

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Caernarfon Castle
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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. Please check the Cadw website for specific times and days, including closures.
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Sue F
Loughton, UK11 contributions
Jan 2022
A great castle to visit. It has impressive architecture, many nooks and crannies, it’s on the coast, has great views, mountains, lots of interesting history and a great museum.
Written 16 January 2022
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Ian W
Gawsworth, UK10 contributions
Jan 2022 • Solo
Due to the present Covid situation I think I was just about the only visitor at the time. The only other people on site were staff members and building contractors carrying out restoration work. The route around the site was clearly marked and along the way enhanced by an excellent historical video and a very detailed museum laid out in a chronological sequence. On exiting the museum I was asked by Keith, an ex-serving officer, who was both courteous and informative.
A thoroughly enjoyable visit.
Written 11 January 2022
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Jonathan S
6 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
I’ve lived in the area for 25 years and to my shame have never visited Caernarfon Castle until last weekend. I figured it would be over priced and underwhelming. How wrong I was. The price was very reasonable at about £40 odd for 4 adults and two children. We were as excited as the children were while exploring the masses of spiral stair cases, corridors, grand rooms, towers etc. It really is the best castle any of us have ever visited. There was enough educational information but not too much, and it was well presented. We left the Royal Welsh Fusiliers Museum until the end. This was a shame as we needed to leave so didn’t spend enough time there. We’ll go back again to spend more time in the museum.
Written 6 December 2021
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Yorkshire holiday girl
69 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
First time visit and very friendly staff on the desk who offered a free guide book as one of the towers is out of bounds. Plenty to see but what made the visit great was the guide Dylwilin who was brilliant . Very informative, interesting and clearly knowledgeable. Told us the best route to take as well as lots of history while making it interesting and relatable to the castle . He’s a gem ! The climb to the top of the tower despite the wind was worth it for the views alone. The army museum with the castle has a wealth of exhibits and follows the history of the fusiliers. I totally recommend a visit here if you like history .
Written 2 December 2021
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Wendy S
Urmston, UK348 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
What a beautiful amazing place to visit.
I may of struggled with some of the steps due to my disability, but with that being said, slow steady steps got me to the middle of the castle. I couldn't quite make the turrets.
The views were amazing and staff were pleasant and knowledge.
So amazing reading reading about the history of the castle and our amazing monarchy.
It was quick and easy to book online, not many visitors so it didn't feel overwhelming with people everywhere.
Written 22 November 2021
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Andrew B
Lincoln, UK11,830 contributions
Oct 2021
We visited on a miserable early October afternoon. There is a large car park nearby on the waterfront. Admission was £9.40 each and that included a very nice free guide book.

This is much larger than Conwy Castle which we visited the day before. A fair bit of construction work going on and I think they are building a new cafe etc. It was good to see the actual site of the Prince of Wales investiture in 1969 and there was a nearby room with a screen on which you could watch the investiture itself.

It was interesting walking round the large area of the ruins and we particularly liked the great views from the castle. Toilets were ok.

Worth a visit.
Written 18 November 2021
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Trey C
Alberta, Canada344 contributions
Sep 2021
There are restorations going on. The castle itself is a large area and not a ton of other things to experience; fun to creep through the hallways and stairs. What is inside the castle is no extra admission cost. There is the Royal Welsh Fusiliers museum and a couple other small exhibits about the history of the family and castle. Cost is really reasonable and you need to book ahead of time online. I believe this is a covid protocol so may be temporary. I had not booked ahead because I wasn't sure where I was going to stop that day and the staff accomodated because there was still availability of tickets; thank you, that was appreciated. The castle is beautiful, the history is rich, the climb to the top has great views. Washrooms on site and a small gift shop. There is a pay parking lot right across the street and shops and restaurants in the area. There was also a street market outside the castle. I'd recommend; it has the castle, history, views, and exhibits at a very reasonable cost and then explore the beautiful downtown.
Written 17 November 2021
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andrew_wyrobek
3 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Quite simply they should allow dogs in. We went specifically to see the Castle and were unable to go in because we had the dog with us.
Written 11 November 2021
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923Dan
Swindon, UK2,693 contributions
Oct 2021
Visiting Caernarfon, took a slight detour to revisit the castle to see the on-going upgrade work.
Interesting project in the area of the main entrance.
Can't wait to go back when its finished.
Well done CADW.
Written 5 November 2021
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Jeanette S
Bedford, United Kingdom21 contributions
Sep 2021
We visited in September and as I was in a wheelchair and the access had building work going on I didn’t think I would be able to enter. My hubby asked a member of staff who let us in a side entrance and went above and beyond to help us and showed the best and easiest routes for us. We can’t praise the staff high enough for their commitment to customer care. There was one particular young girl who helped us but unfortunately her name escapes me. Wonderful place to visit
Written 4 November 2021
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