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Caernarfon Castle Reviews
Probably the best castle in the world (OK...the British Isles!) Oct 27, 2015
The most visually formidable of all of the castles built by Edward I to subdue the Welsh, Caernarfon Castle is impressive both on the outside – the sheer scale of the walls looming over the little town below is breath-taking – and in, where its ruined edifice remains impressively intact.
The polygonal towers certainly give the castle a forbidding façade, and were so constructed as to be modelled on the walls first built centuries prior in Constantinople. Edward, seeking to justify his position as overlord of Wales, made it the ‘main’ castle of all his Northern strongholds, even going so far as to have his son proclaimed Prince of Wales here. Edward’s tumultuous relationship with the natives triggered an uprising in his time, plus further Welsh uprisings spearheaded by Owain Glyndwr centuries later. But it withstood all these attacks with its walls intact.
The ramparts are infinitely more accessible to visitors these days, and all of the towers (plus most of the turrets) are climbable, which are definitely recommended for the views it gives you of the castle complex, plus the town and surrounding coastline, with Anglesey being visible on a good day.
This being a ‘royal castle’, throne rooms and the like abound. The current Prince of Wales, Charles, was formally invested within these castle walls, and the spot where he was bestowed with his title is marked by a large circular dais. More royal heritage can be found in the king’s chamber within the Eagle tower, which is the most impressive of all of the castle’s towers.
It’s here you can find the best exhibits too. Of particular interest is the ‘Game of Crowns’ giant chess board, detailing the story of the Welsh princes with a particular focus on the 11th to 13th Century power struggles. Elsewhere you can find exhibits on the Royal Welch Fusiliers, Wales’ oldest infantry regiment, and a child-friendly video introducing the history of the castle.
Caernarfon Castle is an outstanding monument to medieval kingship and warfare. No visit to North Wales would be complete without stopping by here.
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A very romantic site Dec 04, 2010
This must be one of the best known castles in all the UK - and mainly on account of an event in 1284.
Edward I of England had, after a long battle, subdued the Welsh princes. Apparently he promised the Welsh that he would give them a prince of their own who could not speak a word of English. His son, later Edward II who died a particularly horrible death, satisfied the criterion as a new baby. he was a prince and could not speak a word of English. His dad showed him to the Welsh as their promised prince. That's the story anyway, commemorated in son et lumiere shows every year. I wouldn't know - I was not in Wales then but it is a historical fact that Caernarfon Castle has been the scene for the investiture of princes of Wales since, incuding the current one.
The castle itself is part of the ring constructted under Edward I along with Conw(a)y, Harlech and Beaumaris.
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