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Review of Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle
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US$754.25*
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Snowdonia Scenes and Caernarfon Castle Private Day Trip from Bangor
Ranked #1 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 20 July 2014

The castle is a ruin, of course - but parts have been carefully restored and roofed over. As a disabled person, I found getting around very restrictive and most of it I couldn't get to see - BUT you have to realise they didn't have disabled facilities back in the year dot. I did get to the viewing platform, however!

Caernarfon itself needs a lot of work - it's really quite tacky in places - the Welsh Highland Railway making a big difference to the place (and well worth a day trip!).

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

During our holiday in Wales, my girlfriend and I visited almost all of the remaining castles built by Edward I of England during his conquest of Wales. By far, this was the most impressive all around.

First, it is in really good condition, and the size of it (both in height and the sheer ground it covers) leaves plenty for you to discover on your trip. There is a spacious main yard were you can take in the sites, or you can enter one of the many entrances and climb one of the many towers.

As the first formally-titled Prince of Wales (Edward II) was born here, there is a small but edifying display on the various princes from Edward II to the current holder of that title, Charles. But what I would most recommend is the video called "The Eagle and the Dragon" (I believe it is in the so-called Eagle Tower). When it comes to informative videos, this is tops. The performer is just fantastic, and the video itself is an ideal mixture of history lesson and dramatic and artistic display of Welsh patriotism. It is well worth it to take it in if you are looking for a quick lesson on Edward I's conquest and his castles.

Just a wonderful place to visit that I would recommend to everyone.

Thank John R
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

very interesting place with much to see and great views from the wall walk.has a long history and connection with the present royal family.

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Reviewed 19 July 2014

Caernarfon is a beautiful historic town and the castle is well worth the £6.50 entrance fee. Kids will love exploring the many nooks & crannies, tunnels & stairways. The views from the towers are stunning.
We had lunch at the Castell, sitting in the sun watching the world go by in the quaint town square. The staff here were very friendly and welcoming and gave us good tips for other places to visit in the town.

Thank Debbie G
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

All the castle is open to explore and we got lost in the vast windy stairwells, corridors and tunnels that link this castle together, you really are just let loose to adventure round the place! Great fun!

Thank natalie c
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