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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle (Castell Caernarfon) as seen today was begun in 1283 by the English King Edward I and completed in 1330. Caernarfon Castle is one of the finest and most historic of British castles.

Only the walls are still standing as the interior buildings fell into disrepair. Caernarfon Castle and the town of Caernarfon were sacked in 1294 during a Welsh rebellion lead by Madog ap Llywelyn.

Caernarfon became the administrative capital of North Wales and the castle was built as a palace as well as a fortress. The castle is close to the sea and the mouth of the Seiont River. Caernarfon Castle was the scene for the Investiture of Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales in 1969 - the stone circle in the image above marks the spot.

Conwy and Harlech castles are two other of Edward's great forts in North Wales. Caernarfon Castle is an easy journey from Llandudno.

Caernarfon Castle
Castle Ditch
LL55 2AY
Tel: 01286 677617

Caernarfon Castle, Wales.

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