Caernarfon is a traditional county town with a population of some 14,000. The history of the town can be traced back to Roman times and the remains of the Segontium Fort are still visible today. The town is best known for its great stone castle, built by Edward I who intended it to be a royal residence and seat of government for north Wales.
In 1911 the investiture of the new Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VIII, took place at Caernarfon Castle. In 1969 the investiture ceremony was again held at the Castle, for the current Prince of Wales. Caernarfon has a small harbour and at one time it was an important port, exporting slate; it has a small Maritime Museum.
The Welsh Highland Railway runs from Caernarfon on a spectacular 22 mile scenic journey, climbing over 650ft from sea level as it crosses the flanks of Mount Snowdon, before zigzagging dramatically down the steep hillside to reach Beddgelert village, the magnificent Aberglaslyn Pass, Pont Croesor beside the RSPB Glaslyn Osprey Centre and through to Porthmadog where it links up with the Ffestiniog Railway.
Parc Glynllifon, a 70 acre Grade I listed garden 5 miles SW of Caernarfon, is home to a wide range of exotic trees and plants, including a 100 ft monkey puzzle tree. GreenWood Forest Park is an eco-friendly, family oriented attraction with a range of features including a Green Dragon Rollercoaster, a 70m sledge run, a Jungle Boat Adventure and a big, bouncy Giant Jumper!
Children can explore the timber turrets of TreeTop Towers, conquer the Crocodile Maze, and take a ride on Moon Karts.