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Caernarfon Tourist Guide


Caernarfon (the original Welsh spelling is now almost always used in preference to the anglicised forms, "Caernarvon" or "Carnarvon") is a royal town in Gwynedd, northwest Wales.

The name comes from Welsh Caer yn Arfon = "castle in Arfon", referring to the Roman fort named Segontium. Arfon means "opposite Anglesey".

Caernarfon is the traditional county town of the historic county of Caernarfonshire. The town is best known for its great stone castle, built by Edward I of England and consequently sometimes seen as a symbol of English domination. Edward's architect, James of St. George, may well have modelled the castle on the walls of Constantinople, possibly being aware of the alternative Welsh name Caer Gystennin; in addition, Edward was a supporter of the Crusader cause. On higher ground on the outskirts of the town are the remains of an earlier occupation, the Segontium Roman Fort.

Caernarfon was constituted a borough in 1284 by charter of Edward I. The charter, which was confirmed on a number of occasions, appointed the mayor of the borough Constable of the Castle ex officio.[1] The former municipal borough was designated a royal borough in 1963. The borough was abolished by the Local Government Act 1972 in 1974, and the status of "royal town" was granted to the community which succeeded it.

Tourist Information Centre
Caernarfon Tourist Information Centre,
Oriel Pendeitsh, Castle Street, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Wales, LL55 1ES.
Tel: 01286 672232.

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A little reminder to all visitors...
If travelling to Snowdonia or taking a short break in North Wales, good preparation will ensure your holiday is not disrupted by forgetting crucial equipment. Whether it be gearing up for your adventures in the mountains or having a baby travelling with you - good planning will ensure more time spent safely enjoying everything North Wales has to offer. Don't wait for that 'white-out' on the Carneddau before realising you've forgotten a map and compass...make a check list before you go !


Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015