The royal town of Caernarfon, often referred to as the Capital of North Wales, is the perfect centre for your Snowdonia adventure. Close to the mountains of Snowdonia, beaches of the Llyn Peninsula and the coastline of Anglesey. The town is dominated by the magnificent Caernarfon Castle. Its sheer scale and commanding presence set it apart from the rest, and to this day, still trumpet in no uncertain terms the intention of its builder Edward-I. It was built (work began) in 1283. This was meant to be the definitive chapter in Edward-I conquest of Wales. Not only a military castle, Caernarfon was built as a seat of government and royal palace. Its majestic persona was designed to echo the walls of Constantinople, the imperial power of Rome. The Castle, with its distinctive polygon towers, dominates the historical walled town.
The title, Prince of Wales, used to be granted to Welsh Princes, however the last sovereign Welsh Prince, Llywelyn, was killed in battle by 'King Edward I' in 1282. Since then the title is granted to the male heir apparent of the English, and subsequently British, monarchy. This is not an automatic title and does not pass on to the next in line to the throne. The new monarch creates their new heir, as the new Prince of Wales.
In 1969, the castle was the setting for the Investiture of Prince Charles as the 23rd Prince of Wales. When Charles becomes King, his eldest son, Prince William, is likely be appointed as the new Prince of Wales, and his wife Catherine, will then become ‘HRH Princess of Wales’.
Doc Fictoria (Victoria Dock)
Doc Fictoria is set alongside the beautiful harbour, looking out over the Menai Straits and the Isle of Anglesey, and within walking distance of the bustling town centre and all its amenities. Facilities Include: Celtica retail centre, restaurants & pubs, harbour side marina and pier, adjacent car parking within 5 minutes walk of historic town centre.
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