Overlooked by the hulking presence of Edward I’s 13th century castle, Caernarfon is a busy and picturesque port. It’s a perfect base for exploring this historic and scenic part of North Wales. Our selection of hotels near Caernarfon give you access to wide sandy beaches, quaint seaside villages and, of course, the rugged beauty of Snowdonia. Now’s your chance. The kids have got the Monday off. You could sneak out early on Friday and have a long weekend on the beach. It’s your great Welsh escape if you’re up for it?

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Book your stay at one of our hotels near Caernarfon and enjoy a huge variety of activities in this beautiful corner of Wales. The vast open beaches of Dinas Dinlle offer bracing walks seven miles from our Caernarfon hotel, while the rugged hills of Snowdonia offer a more undulating challenge. Maybe you’d rather sit than walk? Fair enough. Our Caernarfon hotel is less than five miles from the Snowdonia Riding Stables where you can take it all in on horseback. Insider tip: For another level of “I can’t believe I’m here,” cross the Menai Strait at Thomas Telford’s famous bridge. Spend a day on the island of Anglesey and venture to the South Stack Lighthouse for the breathtaking views.

Things to do near Caernarfon

No weekend break’s complete without a visit to Caernarfon Castle. Built by King Edward I to intimidate the locals and deter attackers, it now welcomes thousands of visitors (locals are now encouraged to visit too) every year and is only a few minutes walk away from our Caernarfon hotel. If you’ve had enough of iPads and Instagram for a day, return to the age of steam with the train between Caernarfon and Porthmadog on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways. It’s one of the most scenic train journeys you will ever make, and our Porthmadog Hotel is only 1 mile from the station at the end.