Caernarfon

Caernarfon is quite simply the most picturesque and historic town in North Wales. A magnet for tourists and an amazing place to live. This site offers a guide to the town for both tourists and locals. We have pages on things to do here, from the world-famous castle to Doc Fictoria, as well as guides on where to stay when you here. For locals we have information on jobs available in the town, as well as a handy guide to the local airport and reviews of some of the towns restaurants.

People have been living in Caernarfon since the time of the Greeks, and the Romans even established a fort here during the conquest. The town has enjoyed a rich history since leaving behind monuments and other traces of its varied and often conflicted past from a variety of Medieval castles to modern industrial-era relics. The town isn't simply living in the past though, and is very much alive today with a vibrant water front scene at Doc Fictoria and a great selection of restaurants and things to do in the local area.

Getting to the town is quite easy despite its relative geographic remoteness. Most get to the town by car either across North Wales or around the Welsh coast. This makes it a great holiday destination for people in North West and West Midlands. If you really need to go by air then Anglesey Airport is 24 miles away, sadly Caernarfon Airport doesn't have any chartered flights currently. You can also get close by rail, to Bangor station but sadly the Beeching report closed Caernarfon's own railway station in 1970. When you're in the town the best way of getting around is either by car, bus or by bike rental.

Caernarfon has some excellent pubs which are popular among locals and tourists alike. One of the oldest is the Black Boy Inn which has been in the same location since the 16th century. It's not the only classic Welsh pub in the town though, so you won't be stuck for choice.

The town also has one of the highest proportions of Welsh speakers in the whole of the country with over 80% of the locals speaking it, and therefore is an excellent place to go to learn, or just brush up on, the language. It also makes the town an excellent place to pick up a Welsh language book, one bookshop offering Welsh books is Palas Print which also has a great cafe.

No visit to the town is complete without a trip to the amazing castle, which began its life in 1283 when King Edward I of England built it in an attempt to subdue the local Welsh population. It's recognised today as one of the best examples of medieval architecture anywhere in the one and is on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

The area's industrial heritage is another draw, and one of the best ways of experiencing this is to go on the Welsh Highland Railway which starts here. You'll travel on board steam locomotive pulled carriages through Snowdonia National Park.