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Caernarfon Castle (Carnarvon Castle) Tours

Caernarfon Castle (Carnarvon Castle)
Overlooking the Menai Strait with its imposing polygonal towers, Caernarfon Castle (Carnarvon Castle) has been dominating the landscape in this corner of North Wales for nearly 800 years. Built for King Edward I on the site of a Roman fortress and Norman fort, the site is a popular tourist attraction for visitors interested in learning more about the history of Great Britain.

The Basics
Caernarfon Castle was built by Edward I on the site of a former Roman fortress and Norman fort in the 1280s to display English wealth and power over Wales. With its uniquely shaped towers and color-block brickwork, it is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Though the exterior is complete, the plans for the building’s interior were never fully finished. The castle also includes a museum dedicated to the Royal Welch Fusiliers army regiment.

Many people opt for a guided tour to learn more about the building’s history. Guided day trips from nearby cities (including Bangor, Caernarfon, Holyhead, and Llandudno) visit the walled city of Caernarfon as well as the mountains of Snowdonia and other area highlights.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Discount admission to the castle is available for children, seniors, and students. Children under 5 enter free.
  • Several parts of the castle feature steep narrow stairs and are not suitable for those in a wheelchair. 
  • Your ticket to the castle covers also admission to the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum. 
  • Hours vary by season, so check in advance if making your own way to the castle.

How to Get There
Caernarfon Castle sits on the Menai Strait, a body of water that separates mainland Wales from the island of Anglesey. Many people opt to take a guided tour that includes transportation from nearby cities. Others travel by car or take a train to Bangor and a public bus to the castle. Public parking is available nearby. 

When to Get There
The castle’s hours change seasonally, with the longest hours in July and August and reduced hours September through February. The castle is closed on major holidays and last entry is 30 minutes before closing. Weekends are the busiest time to visit. 

Island of Anglesey
Just across the water from Caernarfon Castle, the small island of Anglesey is known to British families as a quick and easy vacation getaway. With pretty scenery, historic buildings including Beaumaris Castle and Plas Newydd, and sandy beaches with dramatic cliffs topped with lighthouses, it also holds appeal for tourists visiting the area.  
Address: Castle Ditch, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 2AY, Wales
Admission: Varies
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Portmeirion, Castles and Snowdonia Day TourDay Trips

Portmeirion, Castles and Snowdonia Day Tour

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Visit the Italian inspired village of Portmeirion on this fun day tour of Wales. Not only will you spend time in this charming seaside village, but you’ll also visit Caernarfon and Conwy Castles and Snowdonia National Park. Your tour guide will take you around the area regaling you with information about the history and culture of the area as well as local stories and myths! Be sure to bring your camera for this exciting tour of one of the most picturesque parts of Wales!
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Snowdonia National Park, Welsh Culture and Castles Tour Day Trips

Snowdonia National Park, Welsh Culture and Castles Tour

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Focus on Welsh culture and heritage during this tour of Snowdonia National Park, with round-trip transportation from Llandudno. You'll learn about the history of the park and the culture of the Welsh people through guided commentary and stops at places such as Conwy, Great Orme, the National Slate Museum, and several castles.
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  • 9 hours 10 minutes
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Snowdonia National Park and 3 Castles TourDay Trips

Snowdonia National Park and 3 Castles Tour

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Explore Snowdonia National Park and it's three most famous castles—Conwy, Dolbadarn, and Caernarfon—on this single day tour from Llandudno. Round-trip transportation means that you can enjoy the scenery and relax instead of focusing on driving and directions. Learn about the park's history, flora, and fauna through guided commentary as you travel.
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Taste of North Wales - 6 Hour Private Tour from LlandudnoDay Trips

Taste of North Wales - 6 Hour Private Tour from Llandudno

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Enjoy touring without the crowds with your very own exclusive private tour of North Wales. If you are here on a time precious visit, then this tour will help you capture the very best of the region. During your tour we will introduce you to the unique culture of Wales, it's amazing history and some of the best scenery in the country. During the tour we make visits to the medieval walled town of Conwy, visit the town with the longest name in Wales and Britain, Caernarfon Castle for photo stop, tour through the Snowdonia National Park glacial valleys with lakes and the stunning mountain passes. We also stop off at Swallow Falls (entrance £2 per person) and visit the pretty Welsh village of Betws-y-Coed and the riverside town of Llanwrst. We are flexible to provide a custom designed tour based on the duration booked and the agreed pick up locations.
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Taste of North Wales - 6 Hour Private Tour from Betws-y-CoedDay Trips

Taste of North Wales - 6 Hour Private Tour from Betws-y-Coed

Enjoy touring without the crowds with your very own exclusive private tour of North Wales. If you are here on a time precious visit, then this tour will help you capture the very best of the region. Your tour is operated by a local professional driver guide who lives in the area. (We don't subcontract to outside driver guides). During your tour we will introduce you to the unique culture of Wales, it's amazing history and some of the best scenery in the country. During the tour we make visits to the medieval walled town of Conwy, visit the town with the longest name in Wales and Britain, Caernarfon Castle for a photo stop, tour through the Snowdonia National Park glacial valleys with lakes and the stunning mountain passes. We also stop off at Swallow Falls (entrance £2 per person) and visit the pretty Welsh village of Betws-y-Coed and the riverside town of Llanwrst. We are flexible to provide a custom designed tour based on the duration booked and the agreed pick up locations.
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Taste of North Wales - 6 Hour Private Tour from BangorDay Trips

Taste of North Wales - 6 Hour Private Tour from Bangor

Enjoy touring without the crowds with your very own exclusive private tour of North Wales. If you are here on a time precious visit, then this tour will help you capture the very best of the region. Your tour is operated by a local professional driver guide who lives in the area. (We don't subcontract to outside driver guides). During your tour we will introduce you to the unique culture of Wales, it's amazing history and some of the best scenery in the country. During the tour we make visits to the medieval walled town of Conwy, visit the town with the longest name in Wales and Britain, Caernarfon Castle for a photo stop, tour through the Snowdonia National Park glacial valleys with lakes and the stunning mountain passes. We also stop off at Swallow Falls (entrance £2 per person) and visit the pretty Welsh village of Betws-y-Coed and the riverside town of Llanwrst. We are flexible to provide a custom designed tour based on the duration booked and the agreed pick up locations.
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