The underrated UK seaside town home to one of Britain’s most beautiful castles | UK | News

The underrated UK seaside town home to one of Britain’s most beautiful castles | UK | News

A stunning seaside town has plenty to offer in its own right – but is also home to Wales’s most famous castle.

Caernarfon Castle is widely regarded as the largest and most imposing of the ring of castles built by Edward I after he conquered north Wales. The castle remains in excellent condition to this day nearly 750 years later.

The town itself was rejuvenated by a substantial investment in its waterfront, bringing the medieval town right up to the modern day, making it a great spot for an ice cream by the beach even before you head to the incredible castle. 

Building for the enormous structure started after the last native Prince of Wales, Llywelyn, was killed in December 1282.

With thick walls and angular towers, the castle is often described as resembling the city walls of Constantinople.

It was designed to be a show of Edward I’s strength, and was constructed on the site of a former Roman fort. As much a royal palace as a castle, the building contains soaring pinkish-red walls, keeping some of that royal flavour.

In total, the castle took 47 years to build at a cost of an estimated £25,000, roughly equivalent to the price of 30,000 horses at the time.

Despite all this, it was never actually completely finished after the King got distracted with the invasion of Scotland.

Visitors mentioned the variety and depth of the building, with much to explore.

One Tripadvisor reviewer remarked: “We loved it. The castle is beautiful and it’s fascinating to discover all nooks and crannies. There is a cute little cafe with great coffee and ice cream as well.”

“Caernarfon Castle is impressive for its sheer size alone. There are lots of steps, empty rooms and corridors to explore,” said another.

The incredible views available from Caernarfon’s harbourside are only enhanced by the proximity of the castle. With one side of the town facing the Snowdonia Mountains and the other looking over the Menai Strait to the Isle of Anglesey, it’s beautiful sights all around.

The town’s heart, Castle Square – known as Maes to locals – also hosts an enticing market every Saturday, selling everything from clothes to fresh produce to books, while the winding, narrow streets are lined with small shops and cafes.

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