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Visitor’s Guide to Caernarfon

By August 17, 2022December 7th, 2023No Comments
Colourful buildings in Caernarfon

This year’s Heritage Trust Network conference is in the stunning setting of Caernarfon, with its vibrant historic town centre and castle. Have a read of our guide to the town to help with the planning of your trip!

Book your tickets to conference now for our early bird rate! 

Download a PDF of the full guide.

Caernarfon is a predominantly Welsh speaking, historic town in North Wales. The town is small and easily navigable by foot as all venues included in the Heritage Trust Network Conference are within walking distance. Caernarfon has an interesting history as Caernarfon Castle (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) was built by Edward I and so there is contested history about the castle being English in Wales. It remains an important part of the architecture of the town, including the castle walls which shape parts of the town. 

This guide will help you to plan your journey to Caernarfon, decide where to stay and which other areas you may like to visit. If you are making the trip longer, there are suggestions for places to visit and recommendations for where to eat and drink in the town. While you do not need to use Welsh while visiting, since Caernarfon is predominantly Welsh speaking, there are some helpful words and phrases in this guide with which you may want to familiarise yourself to be more prepared. 

This Google Map shows the locations of all venues included in the conference to help you find them easily,

Boats in the water at CaernarfonHow to get there: 

We support travelling to Caernarfon by public transport as it has a lower carbon footprint. However, there are a number of ways to travel. 

By train: 

  • The closest train station to Caernarfon is Bangor. You can check train journeys to Bangor here: and  
  • There is a bus from Bangor Station to Caernarfon, the 5C, which takes approximately 30 minutes. You can pay using contactless card on the bus and a one-way journey is approximately £4.60. You can check the bus times here:
  • In November, the bus runs roughly every 20 minutes and the last bus from Bangor is at 22:45.
  • The bus stops (from Bangor to Caernarfon and from Caernarfon to Bangor) are indicated on these maps: 

Image of a map, showing route from Bangor Train Station

Image of a map, showing Caernarfon Bus Stop


By plane 

  • The nearest airports are Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport 

By boat 

By car 

  • From the M56, take the North Wales Expressway A55 towards Gwynedd. If you’re driving from the south of England, take the M40 and the M54 (toll charges apply), or the M1 then the M6. 
  • Plan your route here: 

Local taxi company phone numbers:

  • Trev Taxis: 07900 202214
  • Go Ahead Taxis: 07760 288009
  • Vantage Taxis: 07379 501112
  • Cals Taxis: 07922 803000

Where to stay: 

Photo of the Celtic Royal Hotel Caernarfon

There are a number of hotels and guest houses in Caernarfon.  

The Celtic Royal Hotel ( is an historic hotel with spa facilities.  

We have secured a set rate for conference attendees with the Celtic Royal which is a discounted B&B rate of:  

  • £99.00 per night single occupancy  
  • £109.00 per night double/twin occupancy  
  • Free cancellation until midday 2 days prior to arrival (credit card required for each room at  the time of booking to guarantee)  

To book this rate, please book by phone on 01286 674477 and quote the discount code: HERITAGE2022   

We recommend that you check for listed prices before using our secured set rate to ensure you get the best price at time of booking.

Other options include: 

Where to eat: 

Photo of a restaurant dining room
There are a number of restaurants, pubs and cafes in Caernarfon. Below is a selection with links to their websites. Thanks to Lletty Arall, a community hostel, for pulling together an excellent guide. We have taken some suggestions from them to share with you here. 


  • Wal – Italian restaurant. There is an arched wall which runs through Wal which is believed to date back to Roman times, and is the same stone as that used to build Caernarfon’s castle.  



Other places to visit: 

Photo of a historic stone wall in Caernarfon
If you choose to extend your stay around Caernarfon, there are plenty of sites you may want to visit in the area including UNESCO World Heritage sites, Heritage Trust Network members and recreational activities. Here are some suggestions depending on where you will be travelling to and from.

For those travelling on the A5 from south of England and Midlands  

  • Wyrcws, Llanfyllin, Powys (Llanfyllin Y Dolydd BPT, Heritage Trust Network member) 

For those travelling from north of England along the A55:  

  • John Summer’s Steelwork (Enbarr Foundation Heritage Trust Network member), Shotton, Deeside  

Other recommendations include: 


Some helpful Welsh words and phrases: 

Photo of the Old Courthouse restaurant 

You do not need to use any Welsh while you are visiting Caernarfon as the conference will be bilingual so any Welsh presentations or videos will be translated into English. However, it may be useful to make yourself comfortable with a few phrases which you will probably hear while you are there. Here are a few helpful words and phrases with pronunciation which you may want to familiarise yourself with. 

“Bore da” – meaning, good morning. Pronounced: ‘bore-ray-dah’  

“Sumai?” – meaning, how are you? Pronounced: ‘Su-mei’  

“Diolch” – meaning, thank you. Pronounced: ‘Dee-ol-ch’  

“Croeso” – meaning, you’re welcome Pronounced: ‘Croe-soe’  

“Prynhawn da” – meaning, good afternoon. Pronounced: ‘Prin-how’n-dah’  

“Nos da” – meaning, good night. Pronounced: ‘Nohs-dah’  

“Hywl!” – meaning, Goodbye! Pronounced: ‘Hoyl’ 

“Iechyd da” – meaning, Cheers Pronounced: ‘Yeah-chyd-da’ (ch as in loch) 

“Gwin” – meaning, Wine Pronounced: ‘Gween’ 

“Cwrw” – meaning, Beer Pronounced: ‘Koo-roo’ 

Download a PDF copy of this guide.

Sarah and Fae in Caernarfon

See you there!

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