Caernarfon Coast Guide 

Caernarfon is a small town and tourist resort situated in north west Wales overlooking the Menai Straits. It sits securely on the banks of the River Seiont guarded by the magnificent Caernarfon Castle which has resisted siege and attack for 700 years. It can be reached from the A55 from the north or the A470 from the south. 


Caernarfon, in north west Wales is the location for another World Heritage Site castle. This castle was also build on the command of Edward I, around 1280 - 1300, as part of the 'Ring of Iron' defence system to quell the unruly natives. The town is also well known as the location for the investiture of Charles, the current Prince of Wales, in 1969. This tradition was started by Edward I who's son was crowned as the first Prince of Wales in 1301.

For details of Caernarfon Hotels and Holidays,  Guest Houses, Cottages  and to visit Attractions. Go to Caernarfon Hotels  Guest Houses and Cottages

Caernarfon is not well known for its attractions as a seaside resort. Although located on the coast, there are no beaches directly at the town. However there is a large beach at Dinas Dinlle only a couple of miles from the town, which is suitable for swimming and watersports. 


Within Caernarfon itself you will find the Maritime Museum and the Inigo Jones Slate Works, which is now a museum. There is a three mile stretch of the Welsh Highland Railway just outside of the town, which is now open to passengers after restoration. Plas Menai - The National Watersports Centre is based in Caernarfon - details below. 

Around 6 miles inland from the town you will find the Snowdonia National park with its magnificent scenery and challenging walks. A good alternative for those who don't fancy the climb up the peaks is the Snowdonia Mountain Railway which starts at Llanberis. There are around five or six peaks that are over 3000 feet and many alternative routes up each - ideal for challenging walking. 

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Places to visit in Caernarfon

Caernarfon Castle - Medieval fortress built by Edward I - Castle Ditch, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 2AY Tel: 01286 677617 - for details visit: Caernarfon Castle 

Snowdon Mountain Railway Ltd - Take a trip into the hills - Llanberis, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 4TY Tel: 0870 4580033

Plas Menai National Watersports Centre - Try sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and also mountain biking and mountaineering - Llanfairisgaer, Caenarfon North Wales LL55 1UE Telephone 01248 670964

Segontium - ruins of Roman fort dating from around 100 AD.

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Cliff and coast walkingWhether your idea of an ideal activity is sunbathing or you prefer something more strenuous, the  chances are that you will be able to pursue this at the coast. There is a wide selection of activities that can be found on our coastline - these range from a gentle stroll to the next bay, to swimming and snorkelling, to more energetic activities such as sailing, surfing, windsurfing and kite sailing. See Activities section.


Attractions - see listings pages

national lobster hatchery padstowA huge selection of attractions are available within the coastal area and this section will have details of many of them. From piers and harbours to fun fairs and roller coasters, the listings will have details of what's available in your chosen area. For details of attractions look in the resort pages. 

 The National Lobster Hatchery - Padstow

Beach PubPubs, restaurants and shopping guide

The listings section will also have details of pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and shops available in the locality. Restaurants and shops coming soon.....

                                                                                                                                            The Beach Pub - Exmouth


We will bring you feature  articles  about the coastline and  news items about life in the coastal area. contributions to this section are welcome.

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