Solo Travel Through Wales Part 2: 24 hours in Caernarfon

I’m not sure why more people don’t travel to Wales. It’s such a dynamic country. In part 2, I’ll be exploring Caernarfon in a quick 24-hour trip.

I left Llududando on a beautiful sunny morning. After a stop at the Great Orme, I headed south to Caernarfon. Most people have heard of Caernarfon, it’s most popular as the set of the crowning of the Prince of Wales. When you enter Caernarfon you really feel as if you’ve stepped back in time, with its cobblestone streets and looming stronghold of Caernarfon castle, you really feel as if you’re wandering in a fairy tale.

A couple of things to keep in mind when visiting.

On-street parking is scarce so you’ll have to find a parking garage or lot. There are a few to choose from but they can be a bit pricy. I parked overnight in the lot below the castle. It cost £5 for the day but if you were going to be there overnight it doubled to £10, which was pretty expensive. However, it was two blocks from where I was staying and the lot was monitored so I felt good about leaving my rental car there.

The streets are very narrow so be aware when driving in the village. With that said here are my tips for visiting Caernarfon.

Things to do:

Caernarfon Castle – This is the number one attraction in Caernarfon. Built between 1283 and 1285, it is one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites and it was included in my Cadw Explorer’s Pass, so it was a no brainer for a visit. This castle is gorgeous with good exhibitions and plenty of towers to climb. Make sure to wear good footwear. Many of the tower stairs are narrow and plenty and each pinnacle offers a commanding view of the nearby Snowdonia mountain range, the port, and the town of Caernarfon.

Parc Glynllifon – This beautiful park is situated just south of town. For £4 you can wander the grounds and see various sculptures and historic gardens with rare plants. There is also an art gallery and cafe on site.

Places to Eat:

Black Boy Inn – I found this place around the corner from where I was staying. If you’re looking for good food in a cozy atmosphere head to the Black Boy Inn. There are several eating areas including fine dining and outdoor seating. There are several bars set up in small rooms filled with tons of character. None of the chairs match, which I found charming, and there are gorgeous wood beams throughout. The food is good and there is always someone looking to chat. It’s a great place to eat for a solo traveler.

Y Gegin Fach – This is a definite stop for a great breakfast at a really good price. The cafe is small but the staff is friendly and the food is good. It felt like everyone knew everyone there. It’s a really nice experience.

Bell Tower Cafe – This is pretty much just a lunch and tea place. It’s located at 24 Hole in the Wall Street. How could you not visit a street by that name? At the time I was looking for a snack and had my first traditional Welsh Cake with tea. It was beautiful. It’s definitely one of the foods you should have when in Wales. With good service and a cute atmosphere, I highly recommend stopping in for lunch or tea.

Bar Bach – This tiny bar claims to be the smallest bar in Wales. To be honest I’ve been in smaller bars but this is quite tiny. There are a good-sized bar and a couple of tables. They have good food and a decent selection of beers.

Places to Stay:

Black Boy Inn – Not only do they have good food but they have reasonable accommodations as well.

Totters Hostel – I stayed here. If you’re looking for your own space near the castle look no further. They have a double room with a private bath on the top floor of a pretty townhouse, that is the perfect accommodation for just that. There is a full kitchen on the ground floor in case you want to stay in or have breakfast in the morning. This is a great option and it’s only two blocks to the castle.

I really enjoyed my time in Caernarfon. To be honest I wish I had spent more than a day there. I fit in quite a bit and cannot wait until I can return. Do you want to travel to Wales? Send me a message. I can help you book your Welsh dream. Until next time.

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