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Welcome to Caernarfon Castle, a magnificent and imposing fortress located in the town of Caernarfon, in the north-western region of Wales. Built by King Edward I in the late 13th century, this formidable structure is not only one of the most iconic castles in Wales, but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The castle's history is rich and fascinating, having been built to consolidate English rule over Wales following the latter's conquest. The impressive structure was designed to be both a military stronghold and a royal palace, with its walls and towers being some of the most impressive in Europe. The castle has played a key role in Welsh history, and has been the site of many historic events, including the investiture of Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales in 1969.

Visitors to Caernarfon Castle will be awed by its sheer size and scale. The castle's walls are more than six feet thick, with towers that rise to over 100 feet. Inside, visitors can explore the castle's many rooms and passageways, including the great hall, the chapel, and the royal chambers. The castle also boasts a museum, where visitors can learn more about the castle's history and the role it played in Welsh history.

And with its stunning location on the banks of the Menai Strait, Caernarfon Castle also offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and the nearby Snowdonia National Park.

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    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • February 22, 2024 2:09 am local time

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