The castle at Caernarfon is a bit different from Edward I’s other castles. Just like any self respecting medieval fortress it’s got murder holes, portcullises and a moat. But this one has limestone and sandstone banding and polygonal towers, too. A nod to Constantinople’s style of the day. Ever the keen Crusader, Edward.
The building work started in 1283. And the first English Prince of Wales was born here in 1284. It stands at the spot where the River Seiont meets the Menai Strait. English romantic ‘painter of light’, Joseph Mallord William Turner (JMW to his friends) liked it so much he painted it in 1798. Then again in 1800. And again in 1832.
After a tour of the town march your legions to the Segontium Roman Fort. It dates back to 77 AD and is one of the UK’s most popular Roman sites. It once held a regiment of 1,000 auxiliary soldiers. So it’s big. Big enough to fit Caernarfon Castle inside, as it happens.
We’ve plenty of other ways to enjoy our great outdoors. The Llyn Peninsula has just celebrated its 50th anniversary as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Llyn’s other award-winning shores include a drive-on beach at Black Rock Sands. And a big sandy one at Dinas Dinlle, just next to the Caernarfon Airworld, where you can hop on a plane and see a completely different side to Caernarfon.