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Hotels in Caernarfon
The main attraction of the Royal Town of Caernarfon is undoubtedly its large medieval castle, which is one of the best preserved in Britain and a major tourist attraction. This town is also an ideal base for exploring the scenic landscapes of the island of Anglesey to the north and the dramatic wildernesses of Snowdonia to the west.
The area has been home to a defence since the Roman period, although Caernarfon received a new castle shortly after the Norman invasion of Wales. Over the centuries, the castle was altered on several occasions, although it was also attacked during multiple sieges, most notably during the English Civil War in the 17th century.
For the next 300 years or so, the castle fell into dereliction, although the building was carefully restored in the late Victorian and Edwardian era, when much of it was rebuilt. However, the castle's earlier deterioration did not deter the famous artist, J. M. W. Turner, from finding the inspiration to paint it on his visit to the area in the 1830s.
Other attractions in Caernarfon
Today, Caernarfon Castle is the home of the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum, which showcases the history of the Royal Welch Fusiliers infantry regiment, which fought in many international conflicts, from the Wars of the Spanish Succession to the American Revolutionary Wars. Caernarfon is also home to an attractive 19th-century Market Hall, which is surrounded by several older 17th and 18th-century landmarks. In 2014, the building reopened after a substantial renovation, and now houses a large brewery, bar and restaurant.
One of Britain's most popular national parks, Snowdonia is overlooked by Wales' highest mountain, Snowdon, which rises to 1,085 metres and can be accessed via the Snowdon Mountain Railway. The national park is also home to one of Wales' largest waterfalls, Swallow Falls, and is a fantastic destination for cycling, hiking and photography.
Snowdonia has many pristine beaches and seaside resorts, one of the best known of which is the picturesque resort of Barmouth, overlooking a wonderful golden sandy bay. Other breathtaking beaches include the gently sloping sands of Penmaenmawr, and the vast golden sands of Harlech, overlooked by the Harlech Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Where to stay
Some of the most popular Caernarfon hotels include the smart and contemporary Premier Inn Caernarfon, the charming Tyn Rhos Country House in Llanddeiniolen, and the delightful Meifod Country House Hotel & Restaurant.
Where to eat
If you're after some delicious Italian dishes, you can't go wrong by choosing the Osteria Caernarfon, or if you're interested in some authentic, mouthwatering Welsh cuisine, try Blas restaurant. For some vibrant Greek and vegetarian-themed dishes, dine at the Ouzo and Olives restaurant, or head to Curry Scene for some superb Indian dishes.
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