Caernarfon Castle

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Caernarfon Castle: Originally the site of an Eleventh century Norman motte and bailey castle, Edward I of England commissioned in 1283 a large linear castle surrounded by water on three sides, modelling the walls on the design found at Constantinople in Anatolia. Seeing major action three times, twice by welsh rebels and finally during the English Civil War as a Royalist stronghold that eventually surrendered to Parliamentary forces in 1646. Failing into disrepair soon afterwards, today with partial repair the castle contains many original features including the iconic Eagle Tower topped with three turrets.

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Caernarfonshire, Gwynedd, Wales, Great Britain, UK, Europe
Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum


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World Heritage Site

Part of the World Heritage Site entitled "Castles and Town Walls of King Edward I in Gwynedd" also includes Conwy Castle, Beaumaris Castle and Harlech Castle.

Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum

Located within two towers of the castle is a museum dedicated to the history of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, an historic regiment of the British Army dating from 1689.


Blue Lady

Blue misty form, sometimes refered to as a woman, that drifts down corridors and is blamed for breaking electrical equipment left outside at night. A tourist, in 2001, claims to have taken a picture of the apparition in the courtyard.

English Soldiers

Many claim to be able to see English Soldiers still guarding the castle, while others claim its the souls of Englishmen hanged in 1403, by Glyndwr's men following a local uprising against high taxes.


Opening times (April - October):
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Opening times (November - March):
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM9:00 AM - 4:00 PM9:00 AM - 4:00 PM9:00 AM - 4:00 PM9:00 AM - 4:00 PM9:00 AM - 4:00 PM9:00 AM - 4:00 PM



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