While West Point provides a haven of calm and tranquillity on our own stretch of idyllic beach, we can also offer an array of exciting things to see and do that are readily available in the beautiful surrounding area. Caernarfon is host to many attractions, one being its magnificent castle. Here is some information on Caernarfon Castle and an exciting upcoming event that is an historical journey into 1295.
The Castle Itself:
Caernarfon Castle: an image of immense strength, defence and intimidation. With its World Heritage status, it can be said that King Edward I created in Caernarfon one of the most outstanding castle structures throughout Wales. This Edwardian castle, along with Conwy and Harlech – which too are impressive builds, helped greatly in the Kings establishment of English rule after a war between Wales and England broke out on 22 March 1282.
The structure itself boasts not circular, but polygonal towers with carefully arranged and colour coded stone. Its huge grounds and impressive walls are notable along with its battlements, firing galleries and flanks that just add to the threatening and resilient image that Edward I sought to employ to his castle.
Altogether with its bottomless history, its’ defensive magnitude, and the interesting and exciting events that are run throughout the year within the castle by Cadw, Caernarfon castle is definitely not one to be missed!
Embark on a Historic Quest…
Its 1295, Wales has been conquered under the reign of Edward I, and what historians have dubbed as the “beginning of representative parliament” has befallen. Peace has washed over the streets of Caernarfon, however, tensions between Welsh and English guards and maids continue to rise.
Find out their stories and more: how does Sergeant Cooper defend the majestic castle? How do the Welsh Princes demonstrate their bravery? What was the medieval answer to injuries and illnesses? All will be revealed during a historic tour through Caernarfon Castle, which is a short 13 minute drive from Pontllyfni. You’ll be guaranteed hours of family fun and excitement while learning of North Wales’s deep heritage and history.
What you need to know:
- Date: 2nd and 16th July 2016
- Time: 10:30am – 5pm
- The castle is a short 13 minute drive from Pontllyfni
- Great fun for all age ranges
Prices and more information on the venue and facilities are available on the Cadw website.
The Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum
While visiting, don’t forget to visit the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum, housed in two of the castles many towers. It’s here that you will discover Wales’s oldest infantry that has provide a greatly considerable 300 years of service.
Find out how the Regiment impressively won 14 Victoria Crosses and discover many famous and significant poets and writers including Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves and Hedd Wyn who all served during The First World War.
Come and see the museums demonstration of the life of the First World War soldier, awards and silvery they won, and the types of uniform they were made to wear – while also providing some unmissable insight into the Regiment’s unique traditions!
Visit the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum website for additional information.