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 42 cottages near Caernarfon.

Y Potel Inc ref: ORL

Dwyran, Anglesey, Anglesey and Llyn Peninsula

£496-£1055

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5 star rating
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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
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  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    2

Parciau Farm Cottages - Beudy Mawr ref: 16985

Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£293-£776

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4 star rating
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

Parciau Farm Cottages - Beudy Bach ref: 16986

Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£261-£631

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

Bwthyn Bach ref: 26777

Caeathro near Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£262-£661

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Beautiful semi-detached cottage, just for two, with Victorian rooflight, Caernarfon Castle and Betws-y-Coed nearby.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    1

Pandy Farm Cottage ref: 27671

Llanrug, near Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£0-£661

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

Glan y Mor Lodge ref: 30999

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

£458-£950

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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
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    FRI
  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    3

Tai Coch Chatham - Tŷ Macsen ref: OZ5

Llandwrog, near Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£350-£779

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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
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  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    4

Llys Aled ref: 27016

Y Felinheli, Gwynedd, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£309-£835

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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

Yr Wyddfa ref: CC612062

Caeathro, Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£400-£994

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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
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  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    1

Tai Coch Chatham - Tŷ Cai ref: OZ4

Llandwrog, near Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£665-£1676

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5 star rating
Within walking distance of the Wales Coast Path, experience the stunning views over beautiful countryside from this property.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    4

Ty Main Cottage ref: UK6331

Newborough, near Llangefni, Anglesey and Llyn Peninsula

£328-£739

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Enjoy a summer getaway on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey with miles of walking paths and stunning coastline to be explored.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    4

Gwynfryn ref: UKC51

Penisarwaun, near Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£508-£1153

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Relax and enjoy this beautiful, detached holiday home surrounded by the stunning Welsh mountains and countryside.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    4

Gadlas ref: OE9

Bontnewydd, near Caernarfon, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£452-£1217

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5 star rating
Just 3 miles from Caernarfon and its castle which dominates the town centre, and within easy reach of Anglesey and Mount Snowdon.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    2

Ty Lawr Stables ref: JKL

Newborough, Anglesey, Anglesey and Llyn Peninsula

£310-£626

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4 star rating
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
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  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    3

Ty Llyffant ref: HW7355

Llanrug, near Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

£437-£971

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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
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  • Distance from Caernarfon (miles)
    2