Things To Do in Caernarfon

Hire a boat and brave the seas at Caernarfon! (photo by Quimby)

No one visiting Caernarfon comes away disappointed as there’s so much to do there. As well as the most frequented tourist spots like Caernarfon Castle, Doc Fictoria and Segontium there’s many hidden gems awaiting your discovery.

Many of the tourists to the region come from the great outdoors, and who can blame them when there’s so much on offer here. Just a short drive away from Caernarfon is Wales’ highest mountain, Snowdon, which as well as a great place for a hike offers a train to almost its summit where you can have a meal at the summit restaurant before making your way back down overlooking stunning scenery (fog dependent!).

For those wanting to keep their feet a bit closer to sea-level there’s many coastal walks originating in Caernarfon, many of them passing historic sights and breathtaking scenery. And if you’re not feeling up to a lengthy trek then a short circular walk of the town itself will reveal many gems and give you your bearings for the rest of your trip here.

And if you like your nature a bit less wild and more sculptured there’s the excellent Parc Glynllifon only two miles away from Caernarfon which is great for kids as it features treasure hunts and orienteering courses.

If you’re here for history and visiting primarily for Caernarfon Castle then you should ensure you don’t neglect the other moments in the history of this town which have given it monuments that would make almost any other town’s tourist board jealous. There’s another castle not far from Caernarfon at Porthmadog called Criccieth Castle located on headland between two beaches, making it a great place to bring the family while you explore the history at the site.

There’s also relics of the industrial past of North Wales, with the Inigo Jones Tudor Slate Works where you can see craftsmen at work on self-guided tours. Slate is also the feature of Llanberis National Slate Museum only eight miles away which makes a great accompaniment to a trip up Snowdon.

If the kids have had enough with history and walking and it’s time to give them a treat, head down to one of the many animal farms in the area. Foel Farm Park is a real working farm that allows visitors to meet the animals themselves, while Anglesey’s Sea Zoo is a gigantic aquarium that even allows you to walk over the shark pool! If the kids want cuter animals however take the short drive to Criccieth to the Dwyfor Ranch Rabbit Farm where they can handle puppies, guinea pigs, ponies and, you guessed it, bunnies!

If the boys on the trip want their toys, take them to the Airworld Aviation Museum which allows them to sit in the cockpits of some of the greatest aircraft ever built, imagining their almost flying them. Follow this by Redline Indoor Karting where they can do far more than imagine their driving the vehicle their in!