Caernarfon is one of the most famous castle in Wales and is somewhere I have wanted to visit for some time.
During our holiday to North Wales, we stayed in a beautiful cottage in Anglesey which is a short drive from the town of Caernarfon, so we had the perfect opportunity to visit.
Caernarfon is a walled town, making it a beautiful walk as you head towards the castle itself.
Caernarfon Castle is looked after by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, but as English Heritage members we got discounted entry to the castle.
Entry to the castle is along a newly built walkway and through the massive gatehouse.
The kids were given activity sheets and then were free to explore at our leisure.
It is only as you head inside that you realise the huge scale of the castle and you have to make the decision whether to turn left or right.
We headed left and the first thing that the kids wanted to do was climb the huge Polygonal towers.
The stone, spiral staircases are quite steep and narrow, but the views from the top made the climb worth it.
We were lucky to visit on such a clear day and enjoyed views up to the mountains of Snowdonia, across to Anglesey and out to sea, as well as of the castle itself.
In one of the rooms we learned all about the ancient myth that surrounded Caernarfon. The Roman legend of Macsen Wledig recounts the dreams of a Roman Emperor, travelling to a faraway land where he was greeted by a beautiful maiden and a magnificent, multicoloured castle.
The castle is also the birthplace of the first Prince of Wales and has subsequently seen Edward VIII granted his title in 1911 and Prince Charles his in 1969. You can even head out of the Queen’s Gate and wave to your adoring crowds below as Prince Charles would have done.
The castle is so huge it hosts many exhibitions and within the Queen’s Tower, you will find the Museum of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
The exhibition houses uniform, guns, medals and memorabilia from the 300-year heritage of this Welsh regiment.
Another exhibition is one of the castles history and who played key roles in its construction and upkeep, from William I to Edward I and beyond, all cleverly laid out like a game of chess.
Caernarfon Castle is a brilliant place to visit with the kids and your entry ticket allows you to come and go as you please for the day, so you can explore at your leisure.
A family ticket costs £28.90, with English Heritage members getting a half price discount and Cadw members get in free.