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Top Choice Castle in Caernarfon

Caernarfon Castle

Majestic Caernarfon Castle was built between 1283 and 1330 as a military stronghold, seat of government and royal palace. Designed and mainly supervised by Master James of St George, from Savoy, its brief and scale …
Top Choice Tuscan in Caernarfon

Osteria

Two Florentine partners opened this excellent addition to Caernarfon's dining scene in a compact whitewashed-stone building hard up against the city walls. Specialising in interesting carpaccios and bruschette (thin…
Top Choice Welsh in Caernarfon

Blas

Blas (taste) abounds at this slick place in one of Caernarfon's most picturesque streets. Chef Daniel ap Geraint makes skilful use of Welsh produce in dishes such as ginger-and-lemongrass cured salmon with Aberdaron…
Alcohol in Caernarfon

Iechyd Da!

Over 170 Welsh ales and ciders twinkle from the shelves of this Australian-owned hole-in-the-wall on Hole in the Wall St, alongside Welsh whisky, gin and vodka. Open longer hours in summer, it even manages to find r…
Cafe in Caernarfon

Y Gegin Fach

'The Little Kitchen' is a proper old-fashioned Welsh-speaking caffi, right down to the net curtains and cheery red-polka-dot tablecloths. It's a great spot to tuck into traditional faves like rarebit, faggots, lobsc…
Books in Caernarfon

Palas Print

Everything you'd want from a local, indie book shop, this little gem stocks English and Welsh books and CDs, with emphasis on local authors, Welsh folk and the history and landscape of the area. Crochet club meets e…
Ruins in Caernarfon

Segontium Roman Fort

Just east of the town centre, these low stone foundations represent the westernmost legionary fort of the Roman Empire. The fort dates back to AD 77, when General Gnaeus Julius Agricola completed the Roman conquest …
Gardens in Caernarfon

Parc Glynllifon

Strewn with rare plants, follies, sculptures and fountains, these historic gardens once formed part of the estate of the Lords Newborough. While the grand neoclassical manor house isn't open to the public, the woodl…
Pub Food in Caernarfon

Black Boy Inn

Packed with original 16th-century features, this charismatic pub (singles/doubles from £57/86) is divided into a series of snug rooms, with low, warped roof-beams, open fires and Welsh beer on tap. Dishes such as th…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Caernarfon

Inigo Jones Slateworks

Built in 1861 to provide slate for schools, this workshop now earns its coin making garden ornaments, place mats, picture frames, cake stands and other knick-knacks from this most Welsh of materials. You can also ta…