Caernarfon Castle, Wales
Our morning session started with a misirable, unstoppable rain storm until we reached the town of Caernarfon. This was not the perfect way to start any cycling day and being winter only made it worse. Dripping with water from head to toe we arrived at the Caernarfon castle..
During the cycle in the morning i promised myself that I will walk through this castle, doesnt matter how I feel after the rain that made it missirable just being outside. The £7 intrance fee was quite tight on the budget, but this was maybe the one castle that I really wanted to walk through while being in the UK.
Caernarfon is a beautiful city and is home of the beautiful, fantasy castle that was built between 1283 – 1330 by Edward I to show his strength in the midieval times. The castles of Caernarfon and Harlech was built after Edward I became fictorious when he finally captured castles like Dolwydden, Dafydd and Gruffudd’s. Caernarfon castle is also the most signaficant castle in Wales and probably the the whole of UK. In 1911 the castle was used for the investiture of the Prince of Wales for the first time and he later became Edward VIII. In 1969 it was used for the investiture of the current, Charles, Prince of Wales. In 1986, Caernarfon castle was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
The castle is divided into two enclosures, upper and lower wards in the east and west , with the eastern containing royal accommodation, although this was never completed. The divide was supposed to be established by a range of fortified buildings, however these too were never built. Had Caernarfon been completed as intended, it would have been able to contain several hundred people.
Caernarfon’s appearance differs from that of other Edwardian castles through the use of banded coloured stone in the walls and in its polygonal, rather than round, towers. Most of the northern towers stand had four-storeys including a basements. The Eagle Tower at the western corner has three turrets which once had statues of eagles. The castle has a series of murder holes and a sophisticated arrangement of multiple arrow slits. It repelled Owain Glyndŵr’s army in 1404 with a garrison of only 28 men, and resisted three sieges during the Civil War before surrender to Cromwell’s army in 1646.