20 Facts About Caernarfon


Caernarfon was unsuccessful, and Wales remained independent until around 1283.

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Caernarfon has expanded beyond its medieval walls and experienced heavy suburbanisation.

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The community of Caernarfon's population includes the highest percentage of Welsh-speaking citizens anywhere in Wales.

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Present city of Caernarfon grew up around and owes its name to its Norman and late Medieval fortifications.

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The construction of a new stone Caernarfon Castle seems to have started as soon as the campaign had finished.

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In 1955, Caernarfon was in the running for the title of Capital of Wales on historical grounds but the town's campaign was heavily defeated in a ballot of Welsh local authorities, with 11 votes compared to Cardiff's 136.

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Caernarfon was later arrested after a tip-off and was sentenced to ten years' imprisonment.

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Caernarfon is situated on the southern bank of the Menai Strait facing the Isle of Anglesey.

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Caernarfon has numerous guest houses, inns and pubs, hotels, restaurants and shops.

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The oldest public house in Caernarfon is the Black Boy Inn, which remained in the same family for over 40 years until sold in 2003 to a local independent family business.

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The Caernarfon parliamentary constituency was a former electoral area centred on Caernarfon.

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Caernarfon is part of the Arfon constituency for both the UK Parliament and the Senedd.

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Caernarfon Castle is under the care of Cadw and is open to the public.

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The town walls and castle at Caernarfon were declared part of a World Heritage Site in 1986.

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HMP Caernarfon would have held up to 800 adult males when constructed, and would have taken prisoners from all over the North Wales area.

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Caernarfon was at one time an important port, exporting slate from the Dyffryn Nantlle quarries.

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Caernarfon Town FC is a Welsh football club based in the town, which currently plays in the Cymru Premier, the top level for football in Wales.

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Caernarfon Town plays at The Oval which has a capacity of 3000 people and 250 seated people.

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Caernarfon hosted the National Eisteddfod in 1862,1894,1906,1921,1935,1959 and 1979.

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Caernarfon hosted the 30th annual Celtic Media Festival in March 2009.

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