Welcome to Carnarfon
Caernarfon is a Royal town, famed for its castle and the investiture of the Prince of Wales. The castle itself, a world heritage site, was built on the remains of a Roman fort in 1284, a bold statement by Edward 1st to suggest brutish military power, and give Rome and Constantinople a run for their money.
He did pretty well- it still stands, now housing exhibitions and the museum of the Royal Welsh fusiliers. A walk around its ancient stone walls is a quick belt of history- then head back into the town for a coffee at the stylish Caffi Maes, which offers wifi, and serves homemade food & cakes over three floors.
The town itself is clearly struggling to adapt to the modern economy and there are a number of boarded up shops. However, there's some fascinating architecture in the tiny streets, and a number of the buildings are painted in bright colours.
If you have time, nip into Galeri Caenarfon, a community- owned waterside 'creative enterprise' centre with a cinema, theatre, and cafe bar.
The view of the bay around the castle is lovely and there's a pub called the Anglesy Arms which has a terrace overlooking the bay. Another great view of the harbour and castle is from the railway bridge at the edge of the town, just up from the station.
The Welsh Highland Railway runs a service to the town but there's no mainline option. Taxi to Bangor, where you can connect with services to England, is the quickest way to reach a mainline station.
There's a large car park next to the castle and harbour.