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Building work began in 1283 under Master James of St George who built for his royal patron a castle with walls decorated with bands of coloured stone and polygonal towers like those in Constantinople. Grandiose in design, it was to serve as the seat of the English government in the principality. This is where the first English Prince of Wales was born in April 1284, the future Edward II. The appearance of the castle today is due to the vision of the Constable in the 1840s, Sir Llewelyn Turner (1823-1903), who cleared, restored and renovated it, despite local opposition. Eleven large towers protect the interior of the caste, divided into an upper and a lower courtyard, both long and narrow. King's Gate, the great twin-towered gatehouse, is defended by 5 doors and six portcullises. Eagle Tower is crowned by triple turrets, each, as in Constantinople, crested with an eagle. Queen's Tower houses the museum of the Welsh Royal Fusiliers. The Great Hall once stood between this and the Chamberlain Tower. On Castle Square, opposite the balcony where Charles, Prince of Wales, greeted his subjects, is the statue of David Lloyd George (1863-1945), Liberal MP for Caernarfon for 55 years and Prime Minister from 1916 to 1922. Caernarfon castle is on the UNESCO world heritage list.

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  • Address : Castle Hill GB - Caernarfon LL55 2AYLL55 2AYCaernarfon
  • Phone : 01286 677617
  • E-mail : cadw@wales.gsi.gov.uk
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  • Prices : 5.25 £

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