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Caernarfon Castle

Brief History of Caernarfon Castle

  • 1090: Hugh of Avranches, first Norman earl of Chester, builds castle on current site
  • 1115: Welsh princes reclaim Gwynedd, take possession and stay in the castle
  • 1283: Edward I starts construction work on castle and town walls
  • 1284: Edward and his Queen Eleanor visit, lodge and have Prince Edward there in April
  • 1292: Construction ends, having cost about £12,000 (about £100 million today!)
  • 1294: Madoc ap Llywelyn storms Caernarfon; Sheriff killed; structural damage from fire
  • 1295: Extensive rebuilding begins on castle; walls rebuilt for £1 million in today's money
  • 1330: Repairs finally completed for £20,000-£25,000 (about £200 million today)
  • 1538: Caernarfon falls into decay and by 1620 a few rooms are used as county prisons
  • 1880: Sir Llewelyn Turner restores castle using sandstone from Mostyn, Flintshire

Visitor Information Summary

  • Run by CADW
  • Disabled access
  • Car park right outside
  • Assistance dogs only
  • Wear comfy shoes - it's massive!
  • Sat Nav: LL55 2AY