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Things to do in Caernarfon

Things to do in Caernarfon

Caernarfon is a royal town and has a superb setting with the mountains of Snowdonia as a backdrop and wonderful views across the Menai Strait to Anglesey.  The town is home to Wales’s most famous castle - Caernarfon Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 13th century by Edward I as a royal palace and military fortress.  

The mouth of the River Seiont  where Caernarfon Castle stands is in the town, creating a natural harbour where it flows into the Menai Strait.  

Dinas Dinlle is a Sand & pebble beach located 6 miles southwest of Caernarfon where dolphins and porpoises can sometimes be spotted.  The popular beach offers views towards the Llŷn Peninsula and towards Llanddwyn Island on Anglesey.

On the outskirts of Caernarfon is the picturesque stone-village of Beddgelert, with its outstanding location of massive rock buttresses, steep mountain slopes and wooded hillsides. It stands in a valley at the confluence of the Afon Glaslyn and River Colwyn.  Just above, in the centre of the village, is the old stone bridge with two arches.  If you follow the footpath besides the rushing Afon Glaslyn to a stone monument, you will find the resting place of Gelert, the dog left by Prince Llywelyn to guard his child. When the Prince returned, he found the dog covered in blood and his son nowhere to be found. Gelert was killed by his master before a childs cry made Llywelyn realise that the heroic hound had in fact saved his child from a wolf.

The village is also linked with the Rupert Bear stories, as Alfred Bestall wrote and illustrated some of the stories whilst he lived in the village, in a cottage at the foot of Mynydd Sygun.

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  1. Caernarfon Airport


    Caernarfon Airport�..why not try our pleasure flight around Snowdonia or have a go at flying on our trial lessons. Our coffee shop is open everyday with picnic area to watch the aircrafts flying. We also have a museum to visit.

  2. Galeri Caernarfon - Arts Centre


    Galeri Creative Enterprise, a £7.5m development was officially opened in April 2005 and has been the largest and most ambitious of the trust’s project so far. The opening of Galeri marked a significant development for the arts and creative industries in North Wales.

    Galeri includes:
    - Theatre and…

  3. Royal Welch Fusiliers Regimental Museum


    The Museum is housed in two towers of Caernarfon Castle. In it you will find a wealth of original exhibits, supported by film, sound and models, which tell the story of over 300 years of service by Wales’ oldest infantry regiment, in peacetime and in war, all around the world.

    You can learn how…

  4. Welsh Highland Railway


    The Welsh Highland Railway is Snowdonia's newest railway.

  5. Snowdonia Riding Stables


    Trekking centre/riding school/livery yard, providing riding in magnificent mountain scenery for all, from complete beginners to competent riders. Courses for NVQ and BHS qualifications. Established over 30 years.

  6. Fron Goch Garden Centre

    Gwynedd, Caernarfon

    Many unusual & hard-to-find varieties of plants stocked including Himalayan rhododendrons, tree ferns, exotic conifers & a range of herbaceous perennials, shrubs & trees, bedding, patio & container plants. Home interiors section, ethical clothing and wellbeing gifts, books and giftware. National…

  7. Dinas Dinlle


    Located on the northern side of the Llyn Peninsula, Dinas DInlle is a popular, sandy beach.

  8. GreenWood Family Park

    Y Felinheli

    Adventure awaits at GreenWood Family Park; a forest playground full of fun, magic and mischief.

    Make a splash on the solar powered water ride, jump aboard the people powered roller and find hidden treasure from the sleeping giant’s slumber in the ALL NEW Giant Quest obstacle challenge.

    Find out…

  9. Gypsy Wood Park


    Gypsy Wood, an enchanting day out for all the family. There are loads of things to see and do at our outdoor park in the foothills of Snowdonia in North Wales, and we’re a must-see attraction for all animal, nature, outdoor, train and fairy lovers. Meet all the different animals who live here,…

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Caernarfon Airport (53.10044,-4.33631)Galeri Caernarfon - Arts Centre (53.14301,-4.27432)5.66
Galeri Caernarfon - Arts Centre (53.14301,-4.27432)Royal Town Caernarfon Golf Club (53.13359,-4.29625)1.62
Royal Town Caernarfon Golf Club (53.13359,-4.29625)Royal Welch Fusiliers Regimental Museum (53.13912,-4.27482)1.4
Royal Welch Fusiliers Regimental Museum (53.13912,-4.27482)Welsh Highland Railway (53.13824,-4.27347)0.12
Welsh Highland Railway (53.13824,-4.27347)Inigo Jones Slate Works (53.07041,-4.28371)6.82
Inigo Jones Slate Works (53.07041,-4.28371)Snowdonia Riding Stables (53.1125,-4.22339)5.56
Snowdonia Riding Stables (53.1125,-4.22339)Fron Goch Garden Centre (53.12411,-4.27481)3.3
Fron Goch Garden Centre (53.12411,-4.27481)Dinas Dinlle (53.08165,-4.33623)5.64
Dinas Dinlle (53.08165,-4.33623)GreenWood Family Park (53.17996,-4.19719)12.92
GreenWood Family Park (53.17996,-4.19719)Gypsy Wood Park (53.11887,-4.26706)7.42
Total Distance *50.47 miles
Estimated Journey Time1.62 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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