Caernarfon Castle

Continuing northward through Wales, we stopped to admire the majesty of Caernarfon Castle. The original Norman castle on this site was replaced in 1283 when King Edward I began building his stone structure.


The walls were built to suit the lie of the land which resulted in the internal grounds being shaped like a figure eight. The towers within the walls were not the usual round ones of other Edwardian castles but polygonal, each with a different number of sides.


All were accommodation towers, the grandest being the ten-sided Eagle Tower. It has three turrets which were once decorated with stone eagles that have since weathered away.


Walkways within the castle allowed for a closer look at the workmanship.


From above we gained a different perspective of the towers


and could really appreciate the expanse of the castle.


The views of the River Seiont


and harbour were captivating.


I would love this pair of cannons for our driveway entrance.


Long before there was a castle, the Romans built a fort nearby to defend the north Wales coast. Established around 78AD, Segontium held about a thousand soldiers.


The fort was abandoned in the 4th century and there is not much left to see of the ruins.


The stone was plundered and used to build King Edward’s Caernarfon Castle.

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