Escape for the weekend to Cadwaladr 1 just outside Caernarfon. Snowdonia National Park is on the doorstep, while Caernarfon Castle and town centre are less than a mile away. Located on the site of an elegant manor house, the accommodation is part of an extensive accommodation block and sleeps up to 30 people in 12 beautiful bedrooms - the perfect big self-catering property for groups of extended family and friends. Day trips can include seeing the peak of Snowdon, Anglesey and the Italianate village of Portmeirion, all of which are within easy reach, and there are lots of excellent footpaths and cycle routes nearby.
The views from 22 Tai Nantlle are spectacular. The cottage is ideal for couples, families and friends who cannot wait to explore Caernarfon's countryside and coast, as it is only 10 minutes from walks leading up Mount Snowdon and 15 minutes to the beautiful Caernarfon coastline. There aren't many places where you can go dolphin spotting one day and touch the clouds the next! The dog-friendly property sleeps up to five people in three bedrooms and provides comfortable, affordable self-catering at any time of the year.
Tucked away between the coast and the mountains, Ty Newydd is a comfortable self-catering holiday cottage close to the centre of Clynnog Fawr within walking distance of the beach, village shop and a short drive to the pub. There is space for up to six people to sleep in three bedrooms, with a layout that makes it suitable for couples, families and friends. The Llyn Peninsula and the Snowdonia National Park are nearby, as are Trefor, Caernarfon and Portmeirion.
Groups love The Bevan for the 17 well-appointed ensuite bedrooms, which can either be superking or twin rooms, depending on your requirements, and a location close to mountains, beaches, and the most famous Castle in Wales. The large group holiday home is part of the Plas y Bryn manor house in Bontnewydd, with beautiful views over the Menai Strait towards Anglesey. Caernarfon is only ten minutes away, and you're ideally located to explore Snowdonia, the Llyn Peninsula, and the coast of North Wales. The Bevan is child and pet-friendly, accessible for guests with limited mobility, and easily sleeps up to 34 people. Amenities include a games room, a private garden, and shared gardens and woodland.
Enjoy views of Caernarfon Castle from this charming apartment. It is on the lower ground floor of a period townhouse close to Caernarfon's historic waterfront and within walking distance of bars, cafes, shops and other amenities. With one double bedroom, it is ideal for couples, particularly those who want to explore not only the coast but beautiful Snowdonia National Park. Zip World, Anglesey, the Snowdon Mountain Railway and Anglesey Sea Zoo are all nearby, while places like Portmeirion and Porthmadog are within easy reach.
This elegant townhouse sleeps up to six people in three double bedrooms and boasts fantastic views of Caernarfon Castle. It is close to the waterfront and within walking distance of bars, restaurants and shops. The Snowdonia National Park and beautiful beaches are on the doorstep, with the base of Snowdon only 10 miles away. An exciting array of activities include boat trips, climbing and hill walking, mountain biking and golf. In addition to the castle, local attractions include Anglesey Sea Zoo, the Snowdon Mountian Railway, and Zip World in Penrhyn Quarry. The dog-friendly property is over three floors and a favourite with families.
Beddgelert is a pretty Welsh village within the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, with a friendly community and welcoming pubs. A 20-minute stroll along a riverside path from the village centre, and surrounded by 48-acres of private grounds, Sygun Cottage is a wonderful holiday retreat for couples to unwind and relax. Guests can make the most of the stunning scenery with leisurely rambles, challenging hikes or thrilling mountain bike rides; delve into the magic of the Sygun Copper Mine and take fun-filled day trips to Porthmadog and Caernarfon.
Below are some of our top recommendations of what to see and do when you visit Caernarfon.
A highlight of Caernarfon is Caernarfon Castle, built in the Middle Ages and known as being one of the finest examples of architecture from this period. Situated on the banks of the River Seiont, the castle is one of the best places to go in the town no matter your interests, as there is plenty to see and discover around the site.
The waterfront around the castle in Caernarfon is also well worth a visit, having recently been redeveloped with plenty of great restaurants and shops. The town overlooks the channel separating Anglesey from the rest of the Welsh mainland known as the Menai Strait, and on sunny days the views out over the water are very beautiful.
If you’re after a day at the seaside, Dinas Dinlle is a small, nearby settlement that has a huge sandy beach, perfect for picnics and sandcastle building when the weather is warm. The Snowdonia National Park is also only a few miles away from Caernarfon and is another great spot for a day trip.
One of the key tourist attractions in Caernarfon is the Welsh Highland Railway, which carries its passengers 25 miles along a heritage railway line to the town of Porthmadog. You have the option to sit in first class and get served delicious meals at your seat, or can travel in third class and still enjoy a wonderful historic train ride through the beautiful Welsh landscape.
If you’re looking for outdoor activity during your time in Caernarfon, the Lon Eifion Cycleway is a brilliant route to explore. The 12.5-mile path is traffic-free and wide enough for plenty of bikes, walkers and pushchairs, offering views of the edge of Snowdonia’s mountains and chances to visit villages such as Bontnewydd and Penygroes.
For a bit of culture during your trip, the Galeri Caernarfon Arts Centre has a gallery space, theatre and cinema that all have a regular program of events happening throughout the year.
Caernarfon is a brilliant location for sightseeing in Wales, which means that visiting in the cooler months of the year between April-May and September-October will not disrupt your plans too much. The weather in summer in Wales is always the hottest and driest part of the year however, so if you’re after sunny skies and minimal chances of rain, the best time to visit the town is between June and August.