Caernarfon holiday cottages are hard to beat if you’re after history, atmosphere and easy access to the coast and mountains of Snowdonia. This royal town and port lies in the county of Gwynedd, in northwest Wales. Nestled on the eastern shore of the Menai Strait, facing the Isle of Anglesey, a more dramatic location would be hard to imagine. Caernarfon is just eight miles from the city of Bangor, on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, making it the perfect base for exploring this spectacular corner of Wales. Wandering through the cobbled lanes of the old town, you’ll discover a variety of independent shops, cafes and restaurant. Don’t miss Palace Street, Castle Square or Hole in the Wall Street, where the sense of the town’s history and unwavering Welsh identity is at its strongest. If you fancy an evening out before retiring to your holiday cottage in Caernarfon, see what’s on at Galeri, a brilliant venue with a concert hall, cinema and gallery.

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Caernarfon is home to several impressive historic landmarks, including an imposing castle, looming over the mouth of the Seiont River with nine towers, gatehouses and the excellent Museum of Royal Welch Fusiliers. Surrounding the maze of narrow streets in the heart of Caernarfon, the town walls date back to the 1200s and are a World Heritage Site regarded as one of the finest examples of military architecture in Europe. The Market Square, Church of Peblig and Statue of David Lloyd George are all worth tracking down.

Self-catering holidays in Caernarfon are also a good option for cyclists, who are spoiled for choice by the area’s abundance of beautiful routes. The renowned Lon Las Menai Cycle Path heads north out of Caernarfon, while the Lon Eifion heads south, along the Llyn Peninsula and onto the Isle of Anglesey, with breathtaking views of Snowdonia’s mountains.