Welsh Castles: Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle is a medieval fortress in Caernarfon, Gwynydd, North-West Wales.  It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986.


King Edward 1st of England conquered Wales in 1277 and set about fortifying the rebellious area of North Wales. He began work on the strategically important Caernarfon Castle in 1283, when the Prince of Wales, Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, mounted an uprising.


The Edwardian town and castle acted as the administrative centre of North Wales and as a result the defences were built on a grand scale. 


Caernarfon Castle was neglected until the 19th century when the state funded repairs.   It is part of the World Heritage Site “Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd“.


In 1911, Caernarfon was used for the investiture of the Prince of Wales for the first time. He later became King Edward V111. In 1969 the precedent was repeated with the investiture of  Charles, Prince of Wales.


The Weeping Window of Poppies is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from the ramparts  to the ground below, originally part of the display at the Tower of London in 2014.


In November 2016, Caernarfon castle became the first venue in Wales to host the sculpture, to mark the centenary of the First World War.


The Wales for Peace Project explored the question: “In the hundred years since WW1, how has Wales contributed in the search for Peace?” 


Caernarfon Castle is under the guardianship of Cadw, the historic environment service of the Welsh government. [Cadw is the Welsh verb ‘to protect’]


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A ‘painterly’ Caernarfon Castle


Categories: Architecture, Castles, North Wales, Photography, Poppies: Weeping WindowTags: , , , , , , , ,


  1. Great post and lovely photos, my friend. I have to say that’s a very beautiful castle! Can you go inside and see what the interior looks like too? Thanks for sharing and have a lovely weekend. Aiva

  2. Thank you very much, Aiva. Yes, I did go inside and the photos with the poppies were taken there. Have a lovely weekend too. Bless you.

  3. I love how you weave history in with your spectacular photos!!! Fabulous

  4. And I love how you say such kind words. Bless you, Rebecca.

  5. Such beautiful photos Izzy. And those poppies are gust gorgeous.

  6. Thank you very much, Inese. It’s my favourite castle in North Wales.

  7. Thank you, Alison. That’s so nice of you.

  8. I love all of the information you provided in this blog. I especially like the poppies. I have seen pictures of them before but I didn’t know they were ceramic! Thank you so much!!!!!

  9. Thank you very much for your lovely comment.

  10. Thank you very much. I love rich, vibrant colours and do enhance my photographs.

  11. Compliments. Great job. I can’t do that, I’m slightly colour blind (shades of green and brown) So I wouldn’t trust my “enhanced” colours…

  12. Thank you. I know it’s not everybody’s cup of tea but I really love the rich colours. And although I like to share with others, I basically do what I enjoy, what brings me pleasure. Thank you so much for your input. It’s truly valued. [sorry about the colour-blindness. I think you do amazingly well and I would never have known].

  13. Keep doing what you enjoy. Now the colour blindness? Not a problem. It’s the least bothersome of all 3 varieties. I have a friend who’s totaly colour-blind. All he sees is B&W. Can’t pick a strawberry on grass. Then there are those who confuse rede and green. Me? I’m fine, except for one tiny range between certain dark greens and browns. I have a hard time telling them apart. The rest? blue, yellow, red, etc… I’m fine. 🙂

  14. Good to hear. Thank you for the explanation.

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