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 41 cottages near Caernarfon.

Llifon ref: UK6022

Bethesda Bach, near Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£388-£880
4 star rating
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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

Y Potel Inc ref: ORL

Dwyran, Anglesey, Anglesey and Llyn Peninsula

£446-£1076
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

Ty Castell ref: UK6086

Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£595-£1646
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

£499-£1839
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

Ty Llyffant ref: HW7355

Llanrug, near Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£304-£998
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

Is-Helen Cottage ref: W2696

Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£376-£845
4 star rating
Beside the Menai Straits, this traditional farmhouse with feature fireplace and wood burner looks across to the Isle of Anglesey.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    1

Yr Wyddfa ref: CC612062

Caeathro, Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£334-£1022
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

White Towers ref: HW7625

Llandwrog, near Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£325-£887
4 star rating
Both adults and children will love this cottage with shared heated outdoor swimming pool and its own hot tub.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    3

Eryri ref: CC612061

Caeathro, Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£334-£1022
4 star rating
A converted school now providing character accommodation for groups, families and couples just five miles from Llanberris, at the foot of Snowdon.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    1

Bwthyn Bach ref: 26777

Caeathro near Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£236-£654
4 star rating
Beautiful semi-detached cottage, just for two, with Victorian rooflight, Caernarfon Castle and Betws-y-Coed nearby.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    1

Tai Coch Chatham - Tŷ Macsen ref: OZ5

Llandwrog, near Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£327-£788
5 star rating
Visit Caernarfon which is just 4 miles away from this property, and discover its beautiful castle and fine selection of amenities.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    4

Bodrual Cottage ref: 24058

Rhosbodrual, Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£546-£1506
5 star rating
This magnificent barn conversion has been finished to an exceptional standard and enjoys a wood burning stove, decked area and Wi-Fi throughout.
  • Sleeps
    9
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    0

Pant y Celyn ref: UK6046

Cwm-y-Glo, near Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£302-£801
4 star rating
All on one level with an enclosed garden, this detached cottage sits in a fantastic location close to many family attractions and just half a mile from the pub.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    4

Marina Apartment ref: CC611051

near Y Felinheli, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£260-£667
3 star rating
Close to many attractions for all ages and interests, and just one mile to the marina, this apartment is fantastic for a family holiday.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    3

Fox’s Lair Farmhouse ref: CC612029

Groeslon, Caernarfan, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£300-£794
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