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  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, £6.30-£10.40

Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle

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Details

Royal fortress-palace built on legends and bitter medieval conflict.

Caernarfon Castle is recognised around the world as one of the greatest buildings of the Middle Ages.

This fortress-palace on the banks of the River Seiont is grouped with Edward I’s other castles at Conwy, Beaumaris and Harlech as a World Heritage Site. But for sheer scale and architectural drama Caernarfon stands alone.

Here Edward and his military architect Master James of St George erected a castle, town walls and a quay all at the same time. This gigantic building project eventually took 47 years and cost a staggering £25,000.

The castle was born out of bitter war with Welsh princes. So of course its immense curtain walls and daunting King’s Gate were designed to withstand assault. But the polygonal towers, eagle statues and multi-coloured masonry sent a more subtle message.

These echoed imperial Roman architecture, especially the walls of Constantinople. They also recalled the Welsh myth of Macsen Wledig, who dreamed of a great fort at the mouth of a river – ‘the fairest that man ever saw’.

So Caernarfon is a castle of dreams. A legend brought to life. Even after 700 years it still stirs the imagination like no other Welsh castle.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Facilities for educational visitsGift shopPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Pay & display parking nearby, toilets, gift shop, exhibition, video presentation, portable induction loop.

Opening Details

Open all the time

1 March 2020 - 30 June Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm
1 July - 31 August Daily 9.30am - 6.00pm
1 September - 31 October Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm
1 November - 28 February 2021 Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm, Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm. Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec & 1 Jan.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Prices

Prices from April 2020 - March 2021:
Adult - £10.40
Family (2 Adults & up to 3 children) - £29.50
Seniors £8.40
Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans - £6.30
Children under 5 - Free

Contact

Enquiries

Address

Caernarfon,
Gwynedd,
LL55 2AY

Location

Directions

Plan route to Caernarfon Castle (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 478626  Lat: 53.13939 Long: -4.27644

A55 Junction 9 & A487. Caernarfon Castle is signed as you approach the town.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 10 miles from Bangor station

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

Pay & display parking nearby, toilets, gift shop, exhibition, video presentation, portable induction loop.