The mighty battlements of Caernarfon Castle dominate the skyline and form the central attraction of this historic, lively Welsh town.

The castle itself, which was started in 1283 as part of Edward I's conquest of Wales, was built as a seat of government and royal palace and was thought to have been modelled on the walls of Constantinople.

The town was in the running to become the capital of Wales in 1955 but lost somewhat heavily in the vote. Despite not achieving its capital ambitions, the town remains proudly Welsh and is demographically the most Welsh-speaking community in Wales, with over 86 per cent of the residents speaking the Welsh language.

Like so many Welsh coastal towns, Caenarfon boasts a Blue Flag beach for its safe, clean waters and the view from the town's small harbour across the Afon Menai is well worth a look. Caernarfon is a popular place amongst watersports fans, who take to the ocean as well using the National Watersports Centre at nearby Plas Menai.

Hill runners enjoy the dramatic landscapes of Caernarfon's countryside, zipping their way past bird spotters at the Foryd Nature Reserve on the Menai Strait.

Other attractions include the rare shrubs and woodland of Crug Farm and the 19th Century country estate at Glynllifon Park.

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There are 40 cottages near Caernarfon.

Ty Lawr Stables ref: JKL

Newborough, Anglesey, Anglesey and Llyn Peninsula

£297-£626
4 star rating
Ty Lawr Stables
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Couples can enjoy a lovely break at this charming retreat which makes a perfect base for touring Anglesey and Snowdonia.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    3

Y Potel Inc ref: ORL

Dwyran, Anglesey, Anglesey and Llyn Peninsula

£496-£1055
5 star rating
Enjoy a cosy woodburning stove and underfloor heating at this 18th century cottage after a busy day exploring Anglesey’s attractions.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    2

Hendy ref: W43252

Waunfawr, near Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£326-£772
3 star rating
Character cottage with beams, exposed stone work, feature fireplace and games room, Mount Snowdon and Porthmadog close by.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    3

Yr Wyddfa ref: CC612062

Caeathro, Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£411-£1010
4 star rating
A converted school now providing character accommodation. A fantastic location for walkers with the Snowdonia National Park just a few miles away.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    1

Llys Aled ref: 27016

Y Felinheli, Gwynedd, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£313-£874
4 star rating
Splendid views of the Menai Straits from this traditional cottage with open fire, walk or take the train to Snowdon’s summit.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    3

Ty Castell ref: UK6086

Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£736-£1617
4 star rating
Occupying an ideal location in the centre of town, Ty Castell is a fantastic, family-sized, Grade II-listed town house just a short walk to the beach.
  • Sleeps
    10
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    0

Collfryn Cottage ref: OVR

Bethesda, Llanwnda, Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£571-£1846
5 star rating
Quality cottage set in 12 acres of woodland with beautiful period features and wood burning stove. Within reach of both mountains and coast.
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    3

Parciau Farm Cottages - Beudy Mawr ref: 16985

Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£306-£789
4 star rating
Rural location for this lovely bungalow on working farm, ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, flying clubs, sailing and beaches close by.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    1

Parciau Farm Cottages - Beudy Bach ref: 16986

Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£272-£631
4 star rating
Rural retreat for couples, close to Snowdon and Llanberis, home to Electric Mountain, Llyn Peninsula and Anglesey nearby.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    1

Fox’s Lair Farmhouse ref: CC612029

Groeslon, Caernarfan, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£312-£844
0 star rating
With magnificent views spanning the irish Sea, the Rivals mountains and the mouth of the Menai Straits
 
 
 
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    4

Llety Pinc ref: OG7

Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey, Anglesey and Llyn Peninsula

£450-£944
5 star rating
A charming cottage with an open fire and a large garden bordering red squirrel woodland. Plas Newydd and beaches easily reached.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    4

Ty Llyffant ref: HW7355

Llanrug, near Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£440-£971
3 star rating
In the mountains of Snowdonia, oozing character, with mountain railways, slate caverns and majestic Snowdonia all nearby.
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    2

Hen Weithdy ref: CC612059

Rhostryfan, Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£384-£890
4 star rating
A rural, detached property located on a small holding between the beautiful Welsh coastline and the Snowdonia National Park.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    3

Llifon ref: UK6022

Bethesda Bach, near Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£388-£858
4 star rating
Enjoy both beaches and mountains whilst staying at this cottage which is just 4 miles from Caernarfon.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    4

Glan y Mor Lodge ref: 30999

Y Felinheli, near Bangor, Gwynedd, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£458-£950
5 star rating
Explore North Wales with Bangor just a few miles away and Anglesey across the Menai Straits - castles and beaches galore.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    3