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Caernarfon Castle anchors the NW coast of Wales

Caernarfon Castle was a motte-and-bailey design from the late 11th century until 1283 when King Edward I of England began replacing it with the current stone structure

Caernarfon Castle was a motte-and-bailey design from the late 11th century until 1283 when King Edward I of England began replacing it with the current stone structure

Caernarfon lies on the eastern shore of the Menai Strait, opposite the Isle of Anglesey, in NW Wales and has a population of 9600; its population includes the largest percentage of Welsh-speaking citizens anywhere in Wales

Caernarfon lies on the eastern shore of the Menai Strait, opposite the Isle of Anglesey, in NW Wales and has a population of 9600; its population includes the largest percentage of Welsh-speaking citizens anywhere in Wales

In 1911, Caernarfon Castle was used for the investiture of the Prince of Wales, and again in 1969 when Prince Charles assumed his title; today, it's also a UNESCO World Heritage Site

In 1911, Caernarfon Castle was used for the investiture of the Prince of Wales, and again in 1969 when Prince Charles assumed his title; today, it's also a UNESCO World Heritage Site

This yew tree is the oldest known living tree in Wales and one of the oldest living things in the world with its age estimated to be 5000  years!

This yew tree is the oldest known living tree in Wales and one of the oldest living things in the world with its age estimated to be 5000+ years!

The construction of Caernarfon Castle began in 1283 and went on for nearly half a century but was never fully completed; it's managed by a trust today but is technically owned by the Queen

The construction of Caernarfon Castle began in 1283 and went on for nearly half a century but was never fully completed; it's managed by a trust today but is technically owned by the Queen

The medieval town walls, including eight towers and two twin-towered gateways, form a complete circuit of 800 yards around the old town and were built between 1283 and 1285

The medieval town walls, including eight towers and two twin-towered gateways, form a complete circuit of 800 yards around the old town and were built between 1283 and 1285

In 1884, Queen Victoria presented the Royal Welch Fusiliers with a Kashmir goat from her herd, and a tradition was started; Billy's (all have been called a variation of William) primary duty is to march at the head of the battalion at all ceremonial events

In 1884, Queen Victoria presented the Royal Welch Fusiliers with a Kashmir goat from her herd, and a tradition was started; Billy's (all have been called a variation of William) primary duty is to march at the head of the battalion at all ceremonial events

The towers house museums such as one dedicated to the Royal Welch Fusiliers, a military branch made up entirely of Welshmen; there's also an interesting video of Prince Charles and his investiture

The towers house museums such as one dedicated to the Royal Welch Fusiliers, a military branch made up entirely of Welshmen; there's also an interesting video of Prince Charles and his investiture

Edward I built this impressive castle 700 years ago to establish English rule over North Wales; the castle, though imposing, was never finished and never really used

Edward I built this impressive castle 700 years ago to establish English rule over North Wales; the castle, though imposing, was never finished and never really used

A local member of Parliament from 1890 to 1945, David Lloyd George was the most important politician Wales ever sent to London; he became Prime Minister in the last years of WW1

A local member of Parliament from 1890 to 1945, David Lloyd George was the most important politician Wales ever sent to London; he became Prime Minister in the last years of WW1

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