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Caernarfon Castle


Our first full day in Wales we went to Caernarfon Castle, a medieval fortress in the town of Caernarfon. The castle is considered one of the greatest buildings dating back to the Middle Ages. King Edward I of England began construction of Caernarfon in 1283, and the end of work on the castle occurred in 1330. Most of the external parts of the castle are complete while many internal buildings no longer survive and some of the actual buildings plans were never complete.

Caernarfon Castle is managed by the Welsh government, andif you have an English Heritage membership you can get half off of the entry fees to many Welsh government properties (Cadw-managed), including Caernarfon.
Cadw: https://cadw.gov.wales

Caernarfon Castle:

One interesting tidbit we learned about at Caernarfon was about the Royal Welch Fusiliers who are a line infantry regiment of the British Army and part of the Prince of Wales' Division. The unit was founded in 1689. Interestingly, goats...yes goats.... have been associated with the Regiment since 1777 and Queen Victoria presented the first royal goat to the Regiment in 1844. The goat is not the mascot of the unit, but a member with a rank, yes you read that right, a rank. In 2006, Billy the goat was demoted from Lance Corporal to Fusilier after a disciplinary hearing during which he was charged with "unacceptable behavior," "lack of decorum" and "disobeying a direct order" while on parade for the Queen's official birthday celebrations in Cyprus. Makes you wonder what Billy did to be charged with such offenses....Billy eventually redeemed himself and regained the rank of Lance Corporal three months later.

Town of Caernarfon:

After having lunch at the Four Alls in Caernarfon and walking around town, we then went to Penrhyn Castle.

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