Of castles and other charming things in Caernarfonshire
Surrounded by the Irish Sea, Caernarfon Bay, the Menai Strait, Cardigan Bay, Merionethshire, and Denbighshire, the county Caernarfonshire offers charm that is unique to the place. Caernarfonshire is even a world heritage site, proving that the county is the perfect spot for tourists. With the fine weather this place offers, one can’t help but explore the many treasures of Caernarfonshire.
Known for its magnificent castles, Caernarfonshire is a county steeped in a rich history. One of the most popular castles is the Caernarfon Castle, which is considered one of the most imposing structures in Wales. The castle was used as a royal palace, as well as a military stronghold. King Edward I was responsible for building such an impressive structure, and the castle holds much importance in the line of royalty. In fact, the first Prince of Wales was born in this castle. Moreover, Prince Charles was invested here in 1969, making the castle even more popular than it already was.
The castle boasts of a vast courtyard and lofty turrets. An important feaure of the castle is the Eagle Tower, where visitors can climb the great steps to get to the top. A great view of Caernarfon can also be seen from here. The watchtower is also great for sightseeing. Within the town walls is the old market town. The town walls are still in good shape, and are great backdrops for numerous photos.
The Queen’s Gate in the castle was never fully finished, but it is still a sight to behold. The height of the gate implies that the entrance was to be reached by a stone ramp. The Granary Tower allows visitors to explore the castle up to the top; the tower is unroofed, thus providing an even better view. When the castle is lit up at night, it becomes even more impressive.
Caernarfonshire is also a fishing town, and one can fish at the Seiont River. Fishing trips are offered in the harbor, which is easily accessible from the town hall. The Victoria Dock is also home to the Maritime Museum, which may be an amusing place to visit for those who enjoy fishing.
History buffs would also enjoy visiting the Segontium Roman Fort. A museum is located at the entrance of the site, providing visitors with essential information. The fort is believed to have been established in the late 70 AD, and was later modified in the late 4th century.
The Caernarfon County Hall is another architectural masterpiece that tourist must visit. The grand building was built in the 13th century. Put up in 1860, the ionic columns add to the opulence of the place. The building is used a county court house, albeit a very majestic one.
Charming buildings make Caernarfon look like it’s straight out of a postcard. Buildings can be traced back to the Victorian and Georgian times, thus making the county the perfect little secret destination. One would easily enjoy walking on foot, as this is the best way to see the shops and other properties in the area.