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 52 cottages near Caernarfon.

Bwthyn Bach ref: 26777

Caeathro near Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£237-£655

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Bwthyn Bach
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Beautiful semi-detached cottage, just for two, with Victorian rooflight, Caernarfon Castle and Betws-y-Coed nearby.
  • Sleeps
    2
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  • Bedrooms
    1
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Snowdon ref: CC612060

Caeathro, Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£294-£837

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Part of a converted former school with plenty of character and charm. Close to the stunning Snowdonia National Park with mountain railway and countless walks.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    1

Llys Aled ref: 27016

Y Felinheli, Gwynedd, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£304-£905

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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
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  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    3

Eryri ref: CC612061

Caeathro, Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£348-£1056

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A converted school now providing character accommodation for groups, families and couples just five miles from Llanberris, at the foot of Snowdon.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    1

Hafod Rhug Uchaf ref: UK6350

Waunfawr, near Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£394-£1001

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A traditional Welsh cottage surrounded by the beauty of north Wales and close to Caernarfon, the Lleyn Peninsula and Snowdonia National Park.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    3

Parciau Farm Cottages - Llofft Yr Yd ref: 16984

Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£286-£811

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4 star rating
Cosy barn conversion with beams, easy access to Caernarfon with its castle and harbour, Snowdon and mountain railway easily reached.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    1

Y Potel Inc ref: ORL

Dwyran, Anglesey, Anglesey and Llyn Peninsula

£449-£923

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Enjoy a cosy woodburning stove and a private hot tub at this 18th-century cottage after a busy day exploring Anglesey’s attractions.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    2

Field View ref: UK6610

Dwyran, near Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey and Llyn Peninsula

£421-£1119

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Fabulous edge of village location, just 1½ miles from Newborough Forest. A great area for easy access to Anglesey with many attractions and sporting opportunities.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    2

Parciau Farm Cottages - Beudy Mawr ref: 16985

Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£286-£815

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

Is-Helen Cottage ref: W2696

Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£579-£858

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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
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  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    1

Glanrafon Isaf ref: OYQ

Llanfaglan, Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£916-£2151

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Spacious barn conversion with a riverside location. Open fire and French doors out to a decked area perfect for dining al fresco.
  • Sleeps
    12
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    6
  • Bathrooms
    4
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  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    2

Pandy Farm Cottage ref: 27671

Llanrug, near Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£0-£661

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Lovely, little cottage for two, with vaulted ceiling and slate floors, Llanberis with Snowdon Mountain Railway close by.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    0
  • Bathrooms
    1
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  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    3

Parciau Farm Cottages - Hen Stabl ref: 16983

Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£314-£914

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Barn conversion with beams and French doors, rural location, Plas Menai outdoor pursuit centre and cycle tracks close by.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    1

Pen Braint ref: OVE

Penlon, Newborough, Anglesey, Anglesey and Llyn Peninsula

£474-£1586

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Delightful family cottage, with picture windows, close to Newborough Warren sand dunes, Rhosneigr Bay for sailing and windsurfing.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    3

Ty Lawr Stables ref: JKL

Newborough, Anglesey, Anglesey and Llyn Peninsula

£278-£653

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Couples can enjoy a lovely break at this charming retreat which makes a perfect base for touring Anglesey and Snowdonia.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    3