CASTLES OF CAERNARVONSHIRE
Click on the Castle name on the map below (or the link in the list below the map) to see a picture of the Castle and read a little about it.
Caernarvonshire was absorbed into Gwynedd in 1974 and is that wild part of Wales around the heights of Snowdonia and beyond, the rugged and remote Lleyn Peninsula. In medieval times this was a hot bed of Welsh independence and as a consequence Edward I built his most spectacular Castles in this area: Conwy, Caernarvon, Criccieth (and just outside the county Harlech and Beaumaris).
Today it is a land of tourism, but still it retains its wildness and remoteness, the very quintessence of Wales. Major towns include Bangor, Caernarvon , Betws-y-Coed and the tourist meccas of Pwhelli and Llandudno and, of course, Portmeirion.
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