View of Caernarfon Marina in Wales
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If you’re in the Gwynedd area in North Wales, you should make it a point to drop by the quintessential royal town called Caernarfon. This small town is situated just about 9 miles from the charming little university city called Bangor. If you want to learn more about welsh history and their unique language, then this will make the perfect travel destination for you. With only a limited number of attractions that you can go to, you can explore this town and the other nearby areas as one-day tour package.

You should start off your Caernarfon trip with a visit to the infamous Caernarfon castle. Although Construction on this magnificent heritage site started way back in 1283 by King Edward, it was never completed. Still, it makes for quite an interesting tour since you’ll get the chance to somehow relive its glory days within the castle walls. Another interesting landmark that you should visit is the Black Boy Inn, believed to be one of the oldest inns in the area of Northern Wales. You should also check out the new creative arts center at the galeri and Doc Victoria for a chance to sample the local arts scene. If you’re feeling hungry or thirsty, you can grab something to satiate your cravings at the bars and restaurants along the harbor.

If you have some time to spend in Caernarfon, do not miss out on the chance to experience the traffic free streets of this small walled town. Choose from the numerous guided tours that they have throughout the year in order to learn more about the past. If you’re looking for a more challenging way to explore the town, you can rent a bicycle from Beics Menai. There is also the Gypsy wood park that is worth a visit on a warm summers day. It’s a great place for the whole family to just enjoy each other’s company and unwind. You can learn the welsh language, or small bits and pieces of it at the Nant Gwrtheyrn Language and Heritage center since Caernarfon is considered to be the center of the Welsh Nationalist Movement.

There are a lot of independent shops that sells just about anything and everything that you may want in this town. From gifts to take home, to handmade clothes and accessories and not to mention assorted books on the Welsh language, you’ll have a wonderful time going through assorted trinkets. Drop by the square called Na Nog to purchase goods that have that Welsh theme.

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