Destination: Caernarfon Tours

Small town and historic region of North Wales
Region: North Wales
Pronounced: ca-naa-ven
Time to spend here: 3 hours - 1 day
by the sea historical town history lovers
Caernarfon, Wales

Over a century after Julius Caesar first invaded Britain, the Romans finally arrived in North Wales. Their main objective was Ynys Môn (the island of Anglesey), then home of the Druids, teachers and spiritual leaders of the Celtic tribes of Britain and beyond. 77AD saw North West Wales finally conquered, and a fort (Segontium) was established in what is now Caernarfon and became the western frontier of the Roman Empire for over 300 years.

The gem of Caernarfon has to be its impressive castle built by Edward I, whose first son was born there, and led to the British monarch’s first son being given the title ‘Prince of Wales’.

Local Activities
Segontium Fort
Segontium Fort
CaernarfonVisitors to Segontium fort can see the Roman remains as well as the museum, which tells the story of the conquest and occupation of Wales and includes fine examples of the finds excavated from the site, giving you a vivid idea of life in this part of Roman occupied Britain.
Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle, Wales
CaernarfonCaernarfon Castle is possibly the most famous of Wales' many castles and was constructed not only as a military stronghold but also as a seat of government and royal palace.
Welsh Highland Railway
Welsh Highland Railway, Snowdonia
CaernarfonThe narrow gauge Welsh Highland Railway located near the castle takes you on a steam train through the heart of Snowdonia past streams, woodlands and beautiful lakes to the foothills of Mount Snowdon itself.
Caernarfon Airworld
Caernarfon Airworld
CaernarfonCaernarfon Airworld is situated 6 miles from Caernarfon and hosts a small museum which portrays the history of aviation in North Wales. A number of aircraft are exhibited, together with displays of various aero engines.
What can I see in the area?
Greenwood Forest Park
Greenwood Forest Park, Caernarfon
CaernarfonGreenwood Forest Park at Y Felinheli is an eco-park with the first people-powered rollercoaster, the Green Dragon.  It has many exciting rides including Wales’ longest sledge run and is simply a great day out for all the family whatever the weather.
Penrhyn Castle
Penrhyn Castle, Caernarfon
CaernarfonPenrhyn Castle is a large Victorian castle (1820-45) with a park and garden overlooking the Menai Strait.
Isle of Anglesey
Anglesey, North Wales
CaernarfonThe Isle of Anglesey is Britain’s largest island, although it is connected to the mainland by the suspension bridges spanning the Menai Strait. Not far from Caenaerfon there are a number of places to visit in Anglesey...
CaernarfonLlanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is probably the most famous place here.  You can stop to take a photo of the longest place name in the UK, and possibly the world, at its railway station.
Beaumaris Castle
Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey, North Wales
CaernarfonBeaumaris Castle is the most stylish example of medieval military architecture in Britain and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
CADW Welsh Heritage Pass
CADW Welsh Heritage pass
This is a great base for exploring:
Snowdonia, North Wales
Transport options in this area: The town itself is very small and largely pedestrianised. A car or bus is needed to get here though.
Did you know:

Caernarfon has the most Welsh speaking community in all of Wales.
"The most magnificent badge of our subjection"

Caernarfon Castle, Thomas Pennant, 1772
Snowdonia Snowdonia Llandudno Llandudno
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