Caernarfon

United Kingdom

Posted: Sep 15, 2021 | Updated: Nov 30, 2021

Caernarfon is a small walled town dominated by Caernarfon Castle. Guarding the River Seiont on the Menai Strait below the Snowdonia mountains, it was the final part of the 'iron ring' that the English King and hardman, Edward I - the same Edward I whose memorial I saw on the Hadrian's Wall path where he died on campaign against the Scottish King, Robert the Bruce - built to rule the Welsh, and is now World Heritage listed.

Stupendously strong, it was built between 1283 and 1301 with polygonal towers and colour banded masonry modelled on the 5th century walls of Constantinople.

In 1404, just 28 men withstood a siege by Owain Glyndwr's army, and during the 17th century Civil War it was besieged three times without success.

If you have time to visit it, there are also the substantial foundations of the nearby Roman fort of Segontium, a significant fortress on the limits of the Roman Empire.


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Posted: Dec 20, 2008 | Updated: Nov 30, 2021

Visiting a link in the 'Iron Ring'

Wild and picturesque with a wealth of history, Wales has escaped the attention of my wanderings until now. That mainly comes from being a Cestrian and having Wales on my doorstep for so long. As they say, when the jar is full of cookies, where's the fun in cookies?

The town is best known for its great stone castle, built by Edward I of England and consequently is sometimes seen as a symbol of English domination. This may well have been the case but it represents a significant part of the history of Britain and Wales. The castle has been well kept and can anyone deny getting a buzz from exploring the battlements and spiral staircases of this mighty castle?

Admittedly, the 20th December doesn't exactly bring with it balmy weather but then again neither does it bring with it the tourist hordes either.

1) Along the wall to the upper gate
2) Caernarfon - The Black Boy Inn
3) Medieval streets of Caernarfon
4) Caernarfon - Inside the castle
5) Caernarfon - Queens Towner
6) Caernarfon - Chamberlain Towner
7) Caernarfon - Eagle Tower
8) Well Tower from Kings Gate
9) Caernarfon - BlackTower

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