After touring Conwy Castle, we hopped in the car and drove about 20-30 minutes to see another castle,Caernarfon Castle. As we came into the town, it was obvious to see that this castle was similar to Conwy in the fact that it had towering city walls. This castle was also twice the size of Conwy and probably the most fortified-looking (girly term).
|Interior to the left of the entrance|
|Interior to the right of the entrance|
Again, as with our previous Welsh castle tour, there were no audio guides. So we just started off in one direction and began to climb the hundreds (maybe exaggerating) of stairs to reach the tops of the towers to see the amazing views.
|MORE winding stairs|
|Van, in the bottom of a tower|
|View from the bottom of the tower. You can see where each level would have started..|
|Partial city wall view|
|View of the town within the city walls|
|Snowdonia in the background|
|Refurbished ceiling- what it would have looked like back in the 1300s|
|Another gorgeous view|
This castle differed from many of our castle experiences in that it had a museum within the castle. The museum was a collection of Welsh Army artifacts and told different war stories and showcased Welsh Army uniforms and weapons. My favorite part, of course, was the Royal Goat!
|Van, interested in the Welsh chem Suit|
And for those of you needing a little Royal Family action in your life, this is the venue where Queen Elizabeth II formally named Prince Charles the Prince of Wales. Right there on that little round platform....
Overall, this was a wonderful castle to explore! If you ever get the chance to go, plan for at least 2 hours. And do plan to do a little sightseeing of the the town inside the castle walls!