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Excursion 7: Caernarfon Castle
Tour Code: HOY-007
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)

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A memorable visit to famous Caernarfon Castle awaits you on this delightful half-day tour.

Setting off from the pier, you'll travel through Anglesey to cross the Menai Strait and on to Caernarfon with its legendary castle that dates back to 1283. Standing at the mouth of the Seiont River, this imposing fortress with its unique polygonal towers, intimidating battlements and color-banded masonry dominates the walled town.

Of the four castles in northern Wales built by order of Edward I, Caernarfon Castle is surely the most magnificent. The grandeur that Caernarfon Castle displays signifies King Edward I's intent that it should serve as the powerful seat of English government in Wales. It is said to have been designed to echo the walls of Constantinople, the imperial power of Rome and the dream-castle, 'the fairest that ever man saw', of Welsh myth and legend.

Caernarfon's symbolic status was further emphasized when Edward made sure that his son, the first Prince of Wales, was born here in 1284, and a statue of King Edward II can be seen above the entrance at the King's Gate. In more recent times, Prince Charles - the heir to the British throne, was crowned Prince of Wales here in 1969.

Your time here includes a guided visit inside the once impregnable castle where you will be able to explore its fascinating ruins. Following your guided tour, you'll enjoy some free time to shop or further explore at your leisure before re-boarding your coach for the return to Holyhead.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking which includes a gradual slope to reach the castle. Once inside, there are steps and uneven ground to negotiate. At guests' discretion, a visit to the towers is possible; however, there are steep spiral stairs to climb to do so. The tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns should evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. It is recommended that guests wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the possibility of rain.

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