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County - North Wales | Map
Tel code: 01286 | code search
Postcode: LL54 | code search
Population: 10000
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Birthplace of:
Edward II
William Preece

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Stables Hotel & Restaurant Ltd
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Cae Berllan
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Because of its geographical position commanding the roads north of and through the valleys of Snowdonia, combined with its natural sheltered harbour with access to the sea, the highway to the western world, Caernarfon was the inevitable choice for conquerors to build their fortress towns.

The Romans, who with their European mercenaries, built the fort of Segontium and occupied it for about four hundred years were the first to put Caernarfon on the 'map' of western Europe. With the aid of the catholic Celtic church that influence survived through the Dark Ages.

William the Conqueror built a motte and bailey fortress near the harbour but seven succeeding Norman kings failed to bring Wales in line with English rule. Edward the First then built his castles around Snowdonia. Caernarfon with its walled town was the greatest. The walled town housed the administrators, privileged English traders and artisans. The Welsh were not allowed to live in the town but were content to live in the countryside near their work or villages surrounding their churches which they called the 'Llan'. This tendency persists up to the present day and Caernarfon never became a big town.

When the Welshman Thomas Pennant visited the Castle in 1772 he described it as "The most magnificent badge of our subjection". Today the Welsh regard it with pride as a symbol of their resistance. That resistance up until the Act of Union under Henry the Eighth must have been paid for by great cruelty and suffering on both sides. Gradually both sides appreciated the benefits of tolerance and Caernarfon is now the most Welsh town in the country where many English families have lived for several generations.

The Industrial Revolution brought prosperity with the export of slate from the harbour. The country landowners built their town houses within the walled town and the Nonconformists built fine chapels which are good examples of the architectural fashion of several decades.

By living in their close and small society the natives of Caernarfon have developed a distinct patois of their own. This has earned them the friendly nickname of 'Cofis'. By today the 'Cofis' take pride in their castle and close connection with the Royal Welch Fusiliers. The sailing ships have been replaced by countless pleasure yachts. The National Outdoor Persuit Centre and Caernarfon Airport are nearby. Cultural activities have been strengthened by the development locally of Welsh multi media studios. The new Millennium may be looked forward to with confidence.

Accountant

A Hughes-Jones Dyson & Co
Equitrust
W J Matthews & Son

Association

Welsh Black Cattle Society

Attraction

Bryn Bras Castle
Caernarfon Castle
Dolbadarn Castle
Inigo Jones Slate Works
Menai Strait Cruises
Segontium Roman Fort
Segontium Roman Museum

Budget

Premier Inn Caernarfon *book online*
Travelodge Caernarfon *book online*
YHA Snowdon Ranger *book online*

Camping

Brynteg Holiday Park
Cwm Cadnant Valley
Plas Gwyn Caravan Park
Riverside Camping
Ty'n yr Onnen Mountain Farm Caravan & Camping

Caravan Park

Brynteg Holiday Park

Riverside Camping
Ty'n yr Onnen Mountain Farm Caravan & Camping
White Tower Caravan Park

Club

Paradox

Cottage

Snowdon View at Morannedd Cottages
Bron Dirion
Cae Berllan
Lakeside Cottage
Sea Dwelling
Tan Y Dderwen
Tryfan

Council

Gwynedd Council

Dentist

Dental Practice
Dental Surgery
The Dental Surgery

Doctor

Bron Seiont
Market Street Surgery

Estate Agent

Bob Parry & Co Ltd
Hardy Dafydd
James Properties

Medforth Chas & Co

Golf Club

Caernarfon Golf Club

Holiday Park

Brynteg Holiday Park

Hostel

YHA Pen-y-Pass
YHA Snowdon Ranger

Inn

Black Boy Inn
Y Beuno Hotel

Market

Caernarfon Market

Pub and Bar

Anglesey Arms
Celtic Royal Hotel
Crown Inn
Floating Restaurant
Harp Inn
Hole In The Wall Inn
Prince Of Wales Hotel
Y Goron Fach

Restaurant

Bistro
Bwyty Ogof Y Ddraig Restaurant In Caernarfon
Bwyty Rhikas
Celtic Royal Hotel

Floating Restaurant
Honor Cantonese Restaurant
Laan Maneeva Thai Restaurant
Molly's Restaurant
River Garden
Sopna Tandoori Restaurant
Stones Bistro
Ty Mawr
Ty'n Rhos Country House Hotel
Villa Marina
Y Gegin Fach

School

Hendre School
Maesincla Primary School
Santes Helen R C Primary School

Self-Catering

Snowdon View at Morannedd Cottages
Brynteg Holiday Park
Cae Berllan

Solicitor

Parry Davies Clwyd-Jones & Lloyd

Taxi

A 2 B Private Hire
Celtic Hire

Dukes Taxis
Pulking Horne
Robyns
Taxi Refail
Vale Cabs
Williams M

Vet

Hubbard & Williams

Sports Clubs

Arfon TC (Tennis)
Caernarfon Judo Club (Martial Arts)
Sakura Karate Caernarfon (Martial Arts)
Segontium Judo Club (Martial Arts)

Shops

Shop Y Pentan
Hampers Store
Boots
Owen Glyn Owen & Son
Seiont Nurseries
Peter Harrop
Trefor Jones Ltd
Mountain Art
Superdrug

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Julian Graves

Antiques

Days Gone By

Activities

Aberglaslyn Hall(Climbing)
High Trek Snowdonia(Climbing)
Redline Indoor Karting(Motor Sports)
Gadlys Farm Riding Centre(Riding)
Snowdonia Riding Stables(Riding)
Plas Menai National Watersports Centre(Water Sports)
Snowdonia Canoe Club (Cymdeithas Canw Eryri)(Water Sports)
Tanrallt Mountain Centre(Water Sports)

Places to Stay near Caernarfon

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Celtic Royal Hotel (0.05 miles)

Celtic Royal Hotel

Within easy reach of Manchester Airport, via the A55 expressway, or Bangor railway station, the Celtic Royal Hotel is situated at Caernarfon on the North Wales Coast, only a 5 minute walk from the historic ... More | visit website

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Premier Inn Caernarfon (0.10 miles)

Premier Inn Caernarfon
A perfect location, built on the harbour of the old walled town. Just 3 minutes walk into town is the magnificent castle, Segontium Roman fort and the newest railway in Wales for a journey into ... More | visit website
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Bron Menai Guesthouse (0.13 miles)

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Black Boy Inn (0.22 miles)

Black Boy Inn

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The Black Boy Inn is situated within the historic town walls of Caernarfon. Caernarfon is a market town with an open air market every Saturday (Mondays also in Summer).
The Inn is ... More

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Travelodge Caernarfon (0.24 miles)

Situated within walking distance of the town centre, offering a great nightlife scene and a fantastic location for local attractions such as Caernarfon Castle and Gypsy Wood Park, Snowdon Mountain Railway and Anglesey Sea Zoo, ... More | visit website

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Cartref Guest House (0.27 miles)

Cartref Guest House
Cartref Guest House is within the ancient town walls of the spectacular Caernarfon Castle. A delightful 18th Century Town House built by a Scottish Baronet retaining many of its original features including some very special ... More | visit website
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Seiont Manor Hotel (0.87 miles)

Seiont Manor Hotel

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Seiont Manor was created from the traditional farmstead of a Georgian manor house with origins as a Neolithic burial ground. Some of the buildings added in the 1800s by a ... More

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Plas Dinas Country House (2.39 miles)

Plas Dinas Country House

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This historic 400-year-old country house is set in 15 acres of beautiful grounds and stunning scenery. It was once the home of Lord Snowdon and Princess Margaret. With log fires, sea and ... More

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Stables Hotel & Restaurant Ltd (3.48 miles)

Stables Hotel & Restaurant Ltd

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In 15 acres of beautiful, peaceful countryside, on the edge of the Llyn Peninsula and Snowdonia National Park, The Stables offers charming 4-star guest accommodation ... More

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Cae Berllan (3.95 miles)

Cae Berllan
Let Ann and Mike welcome you tro their 17 acre small holding situated three miles outside Caernarfon.
We offer three converted stone cottages with all the needs of modern day living. The three cottages enjoy ... More | visit website

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