Crowning the Welsh coastline with a lively waterfront scene, Caernarfon offers easy access to castles, mountains, Roman ruins and national parks. Bustling coffee shops, cafes and pubs line the marina, while museums, parks and animal farms are found nearby.
Things to Do
The UNESCO-listed Caernarfon Castle showcases the city’s past with polygonal towers, massive gates and medieval battlements from the 13th century. Stop by the on-site museum for details about the castle’s architecture and to browse exhibitions tying it to Welsh history.
Known in English as Victoria Dock, Doc Florida sits in the centre of Caernarfon and serves as the marina and main gathering spot for dining, shopping and nightlife. Walk from the marina to Swing Bridge for spectacular views of Menai Strait and the Island of Anglesey.
Don’t miss Segontium Roman Fort, which was established in AD 77. Visit the renowned Caernarfon Mithraeum temple dedicated to the Roman God Mithras to learn how it was discovered at Segontium and built below the ground. Bring along a picnic and enjoy views of the mountains, strait and countryside.
Travelling with the family? Head over to Parc Glynllifon for treasure hunts and adventure courses or visit Foel Farm Park for animal interactions and feedings. You can also drive a few minutes to Dwyfor Ranch Rabbit Farm in Criccieth to meet ponies, puppies, pigs and rabbits. Anglesey’s Sea Zoo features a shark pool walk, while Airworld Aviation museum lets the little ones sit in the cockpits of classic historic airplanes.
Getting around Caernarfon
Taxis, buses and bike hires offer transportation around town. You can rent a car in the city or at Anglesey Airport, about 40 kilometres from Caernarfon.